Lay Servant Ministries


Equipping United Methodists for all facets of lay ministry

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:12

Leading, Caring, Communicating: Lay Servant Ministries offer opportunities for laity who desire to use their witness, leadership, and service to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This may include the interpretation of the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church. [See Paragraph 266-269 of the Book of Discipline, 2012]

In past years, the primary task of lay servants was pulpit supply, however now Lay Servant Ministries encompasses much more. To participate in Lay Servant Ministries, a person need not commit to preaching. Lay servant training areas include evangelism, stewardship, devotional life, missions, caring ministries, Christian education, Christian leadership, administration, United Methodist heritage, as well as preaching and worship planning.

Role of Lay Speaker in the Missouri Conference (See para 266.6 Book of Discipline, 2012). The 2012 BOD has provisions for a new role for those additional equipped and examined, i.e. Role of Lay Speaker, who are especially ready to serve in the function of pulpit supply. The Missouri Conference will be establishing the process for recognizing those persons during the coming year. In the meantime, all lay servants so desiring may be called by pastors to fulfill pulpit supply responsibilities. If you desire to provide pulpit supply, make it known to your pastor and to your district director and so indicate your willingness on your Annual Report form.

Directors of Lay Speaking

Gateway Central

Ken Cieslak
1051 Woodcrest Ln
Hazelwood, MO, 63042
314-412-0344
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Gateway Regional

Robin Byron
9550 State Route DD
Bloomsdale, MO, 63627
573-883-0044
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Heartland

Tasha Stephens
874 NW 1971 Road
Lone Jack, MO, 64070
816-309-5642
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Mark Twain

Judy Harrison
13236 Hwy P
New Cambria, MO, 63558
660-222-3384
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Mid-State

Rick Matson
4000 Damson Ct
Columbia, MO, 65203
573-529-1210
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Northwest

Marsha Martin
807 E. McFarland
Hopkins, MO, 64461
660-562-4492
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Ozarks

Sharlene Rieke
31450 Robin Dr
Lebanon, MO, 65536-5516
417-664-3751
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Marsha Vincent
21 Belwood Rd.
Lebanon, MO, 65536
417-718-3440
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Southeast

Lisa Conley
6 N Clark St.
Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701
573-334-8723
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Bob Beaver
825 W Sycamore St.
Nevada, MO, 64772
417-667-3042
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Missouri Conference

Jeff Fothergill
16010 Nantucket Island Dr.
Grover, MO, 63040
636-594-9189
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Lay Servant's Annual Report

Click the links below to view the Lay Speaker's Annual Report  form for the report of the lay speaker to charge conference.