Meet our staff

Email a staff member by clicking the person’s photo. If you’re not sure who to contact, call 913.268.9551 or send an email to stpaulsumc@stpaulslenexa.org and we’ll connect you with the appropriate person. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rev. David Livingston

Senior Pastor

“What most excites me about ministry is helping a church and the people of the church know and live out God’s purpose for them. I believe every person has a calling to ministry. Sometimes we struggle to find that call, sometimes we struggle to accept the call, but we will be most fulfilled when we find, accept, and are trained to live out God’s call.”

Read more about Pastor David

David became St. Paul’s senior pastor July 1, 2010. He graduated from Baker University in 1995 with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy, and from Saint Paul School of Theology in 2000 with a M.Div.

His professional experience in the church started in 1994 as a youth director while finishing college. He served as a youth director (1994-1996), as Conference Youth Worker for the Kansas East Conference (96-98), Associate Pastor at Old Mission UMC responsible for youth, young adults, and starting a Saturday Evening Contemporary worship service (98-2001), Pastor of Camp Creek and Lancaster UMCs (2001-2003), Associate Pastor at First UMC, Lawrence where he was responsible for planning a second campus, assisted in a Capital Campaign, and began an off-site worship service in preparation for a move to the second campus (2003-2006), and as pastor at Burlington UMC (2006-2010).

David and his wife Tracy have two children, Sophia and Abby.

Rev. Sandra Cox

Pastor of Faith Formation

“My calling in the church to is to help every person understand their life story in the light of our sacred story, the good news of Jesus Christ. I love it when together we find those “aha” moments that help us see that is how God has always been at work in the world and that is how God is at work in our life today. I believe the church exists to tell this story and to help us all see that we are part of a community of grace that God is shaping through Jesus Christ.”

Read more about Pastor Sandra

Sandra came to St. Paul’s in 2007. She has served as Director of Children’s Ministries at both Aldersgate UMC (1991-1993) and Lenexa UMC (1993-1995). She served as Associate Pastor of Country Club UMC (1995-1997) and Trinity UMC (1997-1998). Sandra became Senior Associate Pastor at Grace UMC (1998-2003) where she was responsible for all of Christian Education ministries and pastoral care. In 2003 she became the pastor of Roeland Park UMC where she served until she came to St. Paul’s.

Sandra received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. in the fields of History and Art/Archaeology. She has a Master’s of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri and is an elder in the Great Plains Annual Conference. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at St. Paul School of Theology, where she has taught courses in Christian Education, Biblical Studies and Preaching. She has served as both a PLUM (Preparing for Local Ministry) and ELM (Entering Local Ministry) leader during the school year. Sandra enjoys working with students to help them fulfill their call into ministry.

Sandra is the Pastor of Faith Formation and oversees all areas of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation including Sunday School for all ages, Confirmation Class, Bible studies, Small Groups and Adult Missions.

Sandra is married to Mark who is the Executive Director of the Midwest Hemophilia Association. They live in Olathe, Kansas and together they have four children (Ryan, Erin, Beth, and Charlie), one daughter-in-law (Megan), one son-in-law (Jeisun) and one granddaughter (Isabella)!

Pastor Mike Marcus

Associate Pastor

“My calling in ministry is to serve the needs of people who sometimes get ignored by the church. Sometimes Sunday mornings aren’t just inconvenient, they’re impossible. For those in the service industry, those that carry abnormal hours, sometimes it just doesn’t work. I don’t think many people would argue what Jesus and the Disciples did wasn’t ‘church.’ They built kinship and community on the road, in homes, and in unexpected places. My focus is that of ‘thin places,’ where the holy and the ordinary come together to reveal God.”

Read more about Pastor Mike

Mike Marcus is currently a student at St. Paul School of Theology. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. 

Mike has previously served at New Church Lawrence as an Executive Pastor from 2015-2016. He is currently leading the Presence ministry within St. Paul’s that is focused on community-centered, experiential worship. Mike’s focus in ministry is building community through worship and dialogue, outside the walls of the church. While at St. Paul School of Theology, he is focusing on studying how current ministry models are meeting the needs of individuals through these developing church models. 

Mike is married to Allison Marcus, the Youth Director at St. Paul’s. 

Ronelle Neperud

Director of ConneXions Ministries

Ronelle Neperud has been a member and volunteered in many aspects of St. Paul’s ministries for a couple of decades! She is excited about the tremendous potential for St. Paul’s at this time in its history. She is equally excited to be a part of the team of staff and volunteer members that provide a welcoming environment that encourages a sense of belonging for newcomers, regular attendees, members and those yet to come to our church’s doors.

Read more about Ronelle

Ronelle holds a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Avila College and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She brings a harvest of professional knowledge and experience in working with people, organizations and community for more than 30 years. She has a particular passion for helping people discover their potential and matching that potential with life-fulfilling purpose and meaning.

She enjoys spending time with her blended family, gardening, landscaping, and home improvement projects, and can be seen working around St. Paul’s gardens when not wearing her ConneXions hat!

Allison Marcus

Director of Student Ministries

Allison came to St. Paul’s in July of 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in Journalism and Religious Studies. She now enjoys cheering on her Jayhawks in her free time!

Read more about Allison

Allison feels a calling to a youth ministry career and building relationships with youth while helping them develop their faith lives. She continues to be amazed by the power of church community as she grows in her faith with those around her.

Allison is in Seminary school at Saint Paul Seminary, working toward an ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.

Dia Montgomery

Director of Children’s Ministries

Dia graduated from KU with degrees in journalism and psychology. She and her husband, John, have 3 children. Their sons, William and Ben, are in college and their daughter, Madeline, is in high school. Though the family is scattered, they enjoy spending time together when they can.

Read more about Dia

Before joining the staff at St. Paul’s, after spending 16 years as a stay-at-home mom (and countless hours as a church volunteer!), Dia worked as the Director of Children’s Ministries in Hutchinson, KS. Working in children’s ministries is her passion, and she considers it an honor and a privilege to help children and families grow their faith.

In her spare time Dia likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, read, cook, walk her dog, go to movies, and try new things.

Doris Housh

Office Manager

Doris Housh began working as our Office Manager at St. Paul’s in February of 1993. She is also Director of Music at Monticello United Methodist, where she and her husband have been members since 1983.

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She is active in United Methodist Women, having served as local president and various other offices, and also as District President of the Kansas City District and other district offices.

Doris’s background is in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, and a master’s degree in psychology, with an emphasis in special education.

Doris and her husband, Dave, live in Shawnee. They enjoy spending time with their daughter Deanna, son-in-law Ryan, and grandson Ira.

 

Cheryl Scott

Business Manager

Cheryl Scott has been the Business Manager at St. Paul’s since April 2004. Prior to that she was employed for 10 years at Conoco, followed by 12 years at Yellow Freight. At both companies, she served in a systems analyst/project manager role.

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Cheryl has a Business Degree from Kansas State University and Not-for-profit Management certification from Rockhurst University.

She and her husband, Randy, have lived in Lenexa since 1990, raising their two children, Steven and Andrew.

Pat Stangl

St. Paul’s Preschool Director

Pat provides oversight to both our Preschool program and our Children’s Day Out. She supports our staff of Early Childhood professionals and works with parents as they find the best learning experience for their children. She helps provide a welcoming environment and superior foundation for lifelong learning for each child.

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Pat, or “Miss Pat” as she is lovingly known by hundreds of children and their families, has been a teacher in Early Childhood Education for many years, coming to our program in 2007 as PK teacher. She assumed Lead Teacher responsibilities under Director Lori Bjorklun, allowing her to share her insightful approaches to classroom management with her colleagues. A graduate of Johnson County Community College’s Early Childhood program, Pat is well versed in many approaches to Early Childhood Education, including High Scope, Montessori, and Waldorf method.

Pat lives with her husband, Steve, in Overland Park. They have three children and three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening, and being out in nature.

Janice Colt

Communications Director

Janice joined the staff at St. Paul’s in January 2013. She enjoys putting her skills to work serving the St. Paul’s community.

Read more about Janice

Janice has a BA in English from UMKC. Her professional experience includes technical writing, marketing communications, and web development. She enjoys the challenge of combining creativity and technology to help establish and nurture connections between people.

She lives in Midtown KCMO with her husband, Gary. They have two grown kids and three granddaughters. In addition to enjoying time with family and friends, Janice likes practicing yoga, knitting, watching movies, and going for nature walks.

Jackson Thomas

Director of Choral Music

Jackson comes to St. Paul’s with great excitement to direct the Chancel, Bell, and Youth Choirs! Jackson is also part of our worship planning team. Originally from Carrollton, MO, Jackson grew up making music in any way possible and decided early on that he would make this his career. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and sang leading roles in both the Opera and Musical Theatre programs alike. Jackson graduated with a degree in Voice and a minor in German after studying abroad in Berlin, Germany.

Read more about Jackson

Upon graduation, Jackson moved to the Kansas City area and has been performing, teaching, and directing choirs of all ages ever since. He has held positions with the Park Hill School District and Kansas City Public Schools, taught private voice and piano to a studio of 25, sang in AGO Schola Cantorum, and was a section leader and soloist at St. John’s UMC on Ward Parkway. His most recent venture was creating and directing a new choral ensemble in Kansas City named the KC VITAs Chamber Choir. The choir focuses on the performance of “contemporary classical” music with the mission of giving young or rising composers a chance for their music to be heard. The ensemble will begin their second season next summer.

In addition to duties at St. Paul’s, Jackson is pursuing his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He lives in Midtown and enjoys hiking, cooking, and improvising music on the piano in his spare time.

Jeremy Watson

Director of Contemporary Music

Jeremy is a vital component to the music at St. Paul’s. In addition to directing and playing for BethanyBridge, St. Paul’s praise band at the 9:30 contemporary service, he also accompanies at the 8:15 and 11am services. Jeremy is also part of our overall worship team, planning and organizing the integration of music with our message.

Read more about Jeremy

Jeremy is an amazing musician who brings his whole heart and soul to his music. In addition to his outstanding abilities on the piano, his vocals are top notch. His music has enhanced worship at St. Paul’s for many years and will continue to be a vital part of how we bring our best to God in worship.

Jeremy is well known throughout the KC area for his outstanding talent on the keyboards. When he is not at church, you will most likely find him in the cast or as music director for a local theatre show.

Tom Howell

Worship Media Coordinator

Tom and his family have been members at St. Paul’s since 2007. Over the years, Tom has volunteered in many different ministries, from usher to playing bass and running sound with St. Paul’s BethanyBridge Praise Band. In his current role on the staff as Worship Media Coordinator, he enjoys helping everyone at St. Paul’s hear the music and the word of God every Sunday. In his free time, Tom loves spending time with his wife and three daughters. Together they enjoy watching movies and exploring the many adventures the world has to offer.

 

Lynda Gillette

Childcare Coordinator

Lynda coordinates staffing resources for all activities requiring child care. Her goal is to provide a loving and safe staff and environment for children while their parents attend church functions.

CHILDCARE POLICY: St. Paul’s requires reservations for childcare four days prior to an event, and a minimum of 3 children of St. Paul’s members must be registered to make childcare available. To reserve childcare, please include name of parents, name of child, age of child, date childcare is needed, and St. Paul’s event you are attending when you email us.

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