"I am a life-long Methodist and Missourian, and ministry is but a part of my journey in life. Several years ago I worked as a paramedic on an advanced cardiac life-support ambulance, and then I attended the University of Missouri graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.
When I answered God’s call to ordained ministry I attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, receiving a Master of Divinity degree. My wife, Melissa, is also a pastor and we have two amazing grown children.
For twenty-five years I have loved preaching, teaching, and meeting new people.
I invite you to explore all the wonderful ministries we offer here at PCUMC.
"I recently moved to Platte City after retiring from a 46-year career with Region V Services in Nebraska City, NE. The last 12 years, I was Director of the agency which supports adults with developmental disabilities.
First Lutheran in Nebraska City was my church home. I served on the Church Council for a number of years, including terms as President, Secretary and Treasurer.
I have three adult children and five grandchildren. My daughters and their families live in Platte City; my son and his family lives in Milford, NE. I share my home with three crazy cats!!
I've attended PCUMC as a guest with my daughter and her family for over ten years. I'm excited to be part of the daily operations of the Church and look forward to meeting you!"
Phyllis retired in 2008 from DeLaval, Inc. after more than 20 years of service as Accounts Payable Manager. In 2011, she became the Business Manager for PCUMC.
She and her husband, Terry, have two children and three grandchildren who live in the Kansas City area.
Phyllis enjoys spending time with friends and family, and especially her grandchildren. She is a member of Preceptor Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
Phyllis has been a member of PCUMC since 1977.
Terry retired in 2005 after 40 years with TWA/American.
In 2006, he became the Building Maintenance Manager for PCUMC.
Terry and his wife enjoy visiting with their children and grandchildren, who live in the Kansas City area. In his spare time, Terry enjoys woodworking in his at-home workshop. He also loves spending time with his grandchildren and attending their various events.
He and his wife, Phyllis, have been members of PCUMC since 1977.
Contemporary Worship Leader
"So many awesome things are in motion here, and I'm glad I get to be a part of it!
If you want to get to know a little about me, I'm from St. Joseph, MO. I studied Music at Missouri Western. I love jazz, games, and spending time with my family.
I'm beyond excited to work and worship with all of you. If you see me on Sunday, be sure to stop by and introduce yourself. I look forward to seeing you all!"
Michelle Harper is a native of St. Louis, MO and moved to Platte County in the summer of 2015 with her husband, James. She is "Mimi" to her three wonderful step kids, Chase, James, and Emma.
She holds a bachelors degree in music, and was a studio owner and private vocal coach from 2009-2015. After performing in her first ever musical with Weston Community Theater in the summer of 2018, there was no denying that her calling was to continue to be a music teacher. In the fall of 2018, Harper Haus Music Company was founded.
Michelle has always enjoyed singing in church, and is thrilled to bring her experience with music and children to the Children's Ministry at Platte City United Methodist!
Lynn Sanders has been a part of the Platte City United Methodist church and surrounding community for many years. At the traditional Sunday morning service, Lynn provides organ meditations and accompanies hymns for the congregation.
Lynn was the Platte County High School accompanist for choral and band programs prior to retiring.
In her spare time, Lynn enjoys seeing musicals and cruise vacations.
Dawn Sawle works to create a holistic worship experience as part of the media team, providing visual supplements to the service and technology management.
Dawn is mother to two adult sons who live in the Kansas City area.
On the weekend, she enjoys exploring Kansas City with her husband, John.