The Importance Of Lay Leadership
Creekwood relies extensively on the servant leadership of the laity. Here you can find the different roles and the responsibilities associated with them. If you are considering taking on a leadership role at the church, this will be great information to consider.
Certain groups, as mandated by the UM Book of Discipline, aim for diversity. Lay Leadership works on certain criteria when nominating leaders to best serve the church. While we appreciate and value everyone’s input and participation, interest will not guarantee placement in a leadership role.
Interested in Serving in a Lay Leadership Role?
If you are interested in growing your faith through leadership in the church, contact Pastor David and let him know which area you are interested in.
You can find out about different servant leadership areas at Creekwood by clicking on one of the items below.
Adult Ministry Team:
Develops, promotes, and implements Bible studies, book studies, and fellowship events that help adults move towards a deeper relationship with Christ and each other.
Supports the ministries of Creekwood that help children birth-4th grade experience deeper spiritual growth and a life-long desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM:
A group that ensures persons in need of care and compassion receive the abundant love of God when they need it the most.
LAY LEADERSHIP TEAM:
The team tasked with recruiting, equipping, and empowering the laity of Creekwood to follow Jesus in real, tangible ways and use their gifts on the other teams to make ministry happen.
Lay Leader, Chair – Julie Stelly
Lay Leader, Vice-Chair – vacant
2024 – Julie Stelly, Chuck Mundy, Linda Pitts
2025 – Robert Dueck, Bill Bradford, Amber Gallimore, Kelly O-Hair
2026 – Lynn Partain, Hannah Heres, Melanie Reagan, Gay Kiser
The Missions Team plans, promotes and carries out serving opportunities that seek to build the Kingdom of God through long-term relationships with the people and organizations we partner with, both locally and globally.
S.A.L.T. (STUDENT ADULT LEADERSHIP TEAM):
Provides guidance and support for all ministry pertaining to students grades 5-12 and their families, in order that they might have an environment where students know they are loved by God, feel safe to explore their faith with peers and caring adults, and desire to put their faith into action through transformative ministry. To serve, contact lay leader Rick Adler or Pastor Keri Lynn.
SIMPLIFIED ACCOUNTABILITY STRUCTURE TEAM
This is the governing board for the church. These people encompass Trustees, Finance, Staff/Parish Relations, and Church Council. It is composed of nine leaders of the laity along with the Senior Pastor.
Chair – Linda Judd
Vice Chair – Dusty Kuykendall
2024 – Julie Stelly, Linda Judd, Dave Compton
2025 – Joni Clarke, Dusty Kuykendall, Pete Heres
2026 – Melissa Wiley, Paul Pace, Janey Richardson
Senior Pastor – David Lessner
Associate Pastor – Keri Lynn Lucas
Business Manager – Rusty Nickols
Plan and implement the logistical details that make worship at Creekwood meaningful from the parking lot to the altar.