Robert Sefrit


"I am Robert Sefrit, and I am excited to be the pastor at the Platte City UMC! 

At William Jewell, I studied History and Political Science and received a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology.

I love spending time with my wife Carly and our two kids, Calla and Asher. Traveling, reading, and just being outside are things I enjoy doing. I also have a passion for helping people connect to Jesus and grow in their faith.

So, I invite you to join us in exploring and growing together in our faith at the Platte City United Methodist Church." 


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Linda Plager

Office Administrator

"I moved to Platte City in 2020 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 VanDyke

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.

Maintenance Manager

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.

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Youth Director

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!"

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Children's Director

Delinda Rhyne

Delinda has enjoyed a lifetime of caring for children and now she’s excited to share her talents with PCUMC as Children and Family Ministry Coordinator.

Since joining PCUMC in 2013, Delinda has been involved in many areas of ministry including teaching Sunday School, and serving on the Hospitality, Nominations and Program Committees. She and her husband Russ have two grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending quality time with those beautiful grandkids, church activities, camping, boating, swimming, arts and crafts, baking and spending time with family and friends.

Delinda hopes to bring fresh perspectives, share her wealth of experience, implement creative ideas, create a safe and nurturing environment and engage with families in her new role. “I feel VERY blessed to have shared the gift God gave me for the love of children to so many over the years.”



Lynn Sanders

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.

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Worship Media

Dawn Sawle

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.