Meet The Staff
Pastor Jacob is passionate about proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through word and action, and about helping others grow in their knowledge and love of God.
He is excited about what God has done, is doing, and has yet to do at Ozark UMC as we live into our mission of “Leading people to actively follow Jesus Christ.”
Children's Ministry Director
Faith sees each child as a unique and valuable seeker of God, the creator. She looks for ways to make the church a place that each child can learn, grow and be dynamic followers of Jesus Christ. Faith takes time to get to know the families and children that come into Ozark UMC and works tirelessly to ensure that each child is met with a smile and each parent feels the comfort of knowing their child is in a warm, safe and nurturing environment. The children's ministry continues to grow and Faith is anxious to work on new programming and offer new ways for children to interact with God's Word.
About 13 years ago Alice was in seek of a new church home when she found Ozark UMC. She said they always treated her like a good neighbor - sincere and welcoming. She began volunteering in the nursery and after a couple of years, Alice joined the staff as Nursery Director. Her hope is to be physically able to do this for the rest of my life as "Nothing beats the love a child." She enjoys watching each child grow just as she does her own grandchildren. Alice actively lives out her faith by using the God-given gifts of love and patience with children to serve the families of Ozark UMC.
Youth Ministry Director & Interim Worship Ministry Director
Melissa loves working and playing alongside the youth and has done so for over six years and has been a member at Ozark UMC for about 17 years. She says even though she’s not the typical age of a youth ministry leader, she does not let that stop her. She is passionate about helping the youth grow in their faith and encouraging them to become firmly rooted in their beliefs. Melissa is excited to guide the youth in their spiritual development and share with them in their journey. In her free time she enjoys singing, playing hockey with her husband, watching sports, camping and spending time outdoors.
Administrative Assistant & Director of Hilltop Preschool
Tracy brings the light and laughter of Jesus into everything she does. She not only directs the pre-school program, but she orchestrates the daily activities of the church office. Coordinating schedules, communication efforts, small group sign-ups and project details, Tracy is all over it. The pre-school kids call her "funny" and "huggable". If you don't believe them, give her a hug and find out!
Congregational Care Coordinator
David is passionate about growing in his faith and helping others grow closer to Jesus. David moved to the Ozarks to be near to his family after retiring from pastoral ministry in Kansas. His experience in ministry and providing spiritual care for others makes him unique and has invaluable experience that will help him in his role as Congregational Care Coordinator. When not serving at Ozark UMC, David can be found spending time with his wife, Debbie, and the rest of his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoys playing guitar, working in the yard, golfing and woodworking projects.