Work Desk

STAFF

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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

michaelpark78@gmail.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Michael and his wife, Esther have a son, Paul. Another baby will be born in January, 2021. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Senior Pastor. 

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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

michaelpark78@gmail.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Michael and his wife, Esther have a son, Paul. Another baby will be born in January, 2021. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Senior Pastor. 

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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

michaelpark78@gmail.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Michael and his wife, Esther have a son, Paul. Another baby will be born in January, 2021. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Senior Pastor. 

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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

michaelpark78@gmail.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Michael and his wife, Esther have a son, Paul. Another baby will be born in January, 2021. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Senior Pastor. 

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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

michaelpark78@gmail.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Michael and his wife, Esther have a son, Paul. Another baby will be born in January, 2021. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Senior Pastor. 

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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

michaelpark78@gmail.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Michael and his wife, Esther have a son, Paul. Another baby will be born in January, 2021. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Senior Pastor. 

SENIOR PASTOR
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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

michaelpark78@gmail.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Michael and his wife, Esther have a son, Paul. Another baby will be born in January, 2021. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Senior Pastor. 

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SENIOR PASTOR

Rev. Michael Park

pastor@fumcchanute.com

Rev. Michael Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines, a Master of Theology from Hyupsung Graduate School of Theology in South Korea, & a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Rev. Michael is very passionate about teaching the Scripture and challenging people to dream bigger and make a greater impact in their lives. 

 

He truly believes the church exists to declare the name of Jesus and build a place called home for the many who do not have one. Wherever Pastor Michael goes, he loves reaching out new people, building up real, authentic, and genuine relationships with others, & creating a new culture where anyone can belong. 

 

Michael and his wife, Esther have two boys, Paul & Matthew. Rev. Michael is currently serving First United Methodist Church of Chanute, KS as a Lead Pastor. 

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OFFICE SECRETARY

Ronda Phillips

office@fumcchanute.com

Ronda began her journey with FUMC in the spring of 1998. Over the years she has come to know and love so many of the wonderful people who have walked through the doors and into her life. Her skills are constantly evolving and growing and she loves that. Challenges can be exciting!

 

She was fortunate to meet her soul mate at an early age which sidetracked her education to become a guidance counselor. She did manage to eventually earn a degree in Business Management. Prior to working at FUMC, she ran and operated 2 businesses. She was blessed with 3 wonderful children, who in turn have blessed her with 6 grandchildren.

 

Her passions include anything to do with science or science fiction and crochet. In fact, She absolutely loves learning! This includes learning more about everyone I encounter.  

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CHURCH TREASURER

Linda Jones

treasurer@fumcchanute.com

Linda Jones has served as treasurer since 2016. Linda grew up in Chanute and was raised in Chanute First United Methodist Church. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pittsburg State University, and she is a Certified Public Accountant. She retired from Neosho County Community College after teaching accounting for 31 years and serving as Applied Science Division Chair. 

 

She continues to teach accounting online for Johnson County Community College. Linda is married to Hal. They have one son, Ryan, who lives in Chanute with his wife, Tannah, and son, Beckett. Linda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and she likes to travel. She is happy to be serving as treasurer so she can use her skills to help support the church’s mission.  

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DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY

Amy Hendrickson

youth@fumcchanute.com

Amy was baptized and married at FUMC Chanute. She recently began the Youth Ministry Director position with the church. “I’m very excited about my new role in the church,” said Hendrickson. “I enjoy spending time with the youth celebrating their love for life and love for the Lord.” Amy has so many fond memories growing up in the church like great sermons by Rev. Wilbur Henderson and Jack and Marilyn Gregory, Ella Ranz’s gooey butter coffee cake very week at Sunday school, laughing with Jean Armstrong at bell choir, youth troupe/group with Carolyn Coates, Camp Chippewa and the UNDC trip. She looks forward to helping continue the strong tradition of great children’s and youth programming so today’s kids will have the same strong faith and great memories.

 

After living in Topeka for several years, Amy and her husband, Ross, decided to come home and raise their family in Chanute. They own MRH Insurance Group, Inc. and Amy teaches preschool at SONshine Preschool. They have two sons, Jack and Max. Jack is a student at Washburn University and Max is a 7th grader. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Amy’s hobbies include helping her husband ranch in the Flint Hills, playing golf and laughing at her three dogs.

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DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Wendy Hoops

kidmin@fumcchanute.com

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University and a Masters of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Educational Media from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Wendy is very passionate in building relationships and educating our youth. Wendy has experience in teaching 5th grade and preschool through 5th grade library media. Wendy has been blessed to be a stay at home mom.

Wendy is married to Eric. They have one son, Kyzer and one daughter, Korbyn. Wendy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, walking, scrapbooking and learning. She feels blessed to be a part of the First UNited Methodist Church and is excited to use her skills to support the children, our future.

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CHURCH PIANIST & ORGANIST

Terri Sue DeGeer

tsdegeer@gmail.com

Terri Sue is a long-time resident of the Chanute/Erie area. She was one of the ‘Reinhardt kids’ who grew up going to Big Creek United Methodist Chapel east of Chanute. She first substituted as organist for 1st UMC  in Chanute when in high school. Later, Terri Sue and Jim were married in this church since Big Creek Chapel is so small and they have a very large extended family. Jim and Terri Sue continue to live on the family farm and operate a registered Gelbvieh cattle operation. They have two daughters, Melissa and Staci. Melissa and her son Timothy live in Lawton, Oklahoma and Staci is in Wichita.

 

Professionally, Terri Sue is a school counselor, serving many years in the Humboldt school district. She is now the counselor at Erie High School, the same district where she attended school. Terri Sue plays piano and organ and enjoys many different styles of music. She truly believes God gave us music as a gift to feed our souls. She is blessed that He gave her the ability to share some of that gift with others!

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CHURCH CUSTODIAN

Jennifer Beck

Jenniferbeck284@gmail.com

I am a single mom, pushing and desiring a closer walk with God. I’m originally from Chanute and Fort Scott. I seem to have bounced back and forth between the 2 for most of my life. Both of my parents are now deceased, which has pulled me from a hopeless past into a closer walk with God. I have an 18 year old daughter who lives in Topeka in addition to a 15 year old daughter and 8 year old son who live with me. We have 4 dogs and 1 cat. I also have 2 adopted daughters, who themselves have 3 young children with one on the way who call me “Meemaw” and give me the biggest joy in my life.

 

Also, I work for GoodLife Innovations, an independent Living Community for elderly and mentally challenged adults in Iola. It brings me the most joy in my heart to serve God through good works bringing happiness, care, and love, to the ladies in my care. I also love listening and being a part of praise and worship for the Lord. He rescued me from and very dark place and continues to not let go of me even when I have let go of Him. At the church I feel His presence and the welcoming love given to me from the first day I walked in for my interview. I have grown to love the staff I work with and look forward to getting to know many others. Some of my favorite Bible verses include: Psalm 23:4,31:14-15,34:4, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 41:13, Philippians 4:13, and Colossians 3:2.

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WORSHIP COORDINATOR

Koralyn Barkman

koralynbarkman@yahoo.com

Koralyn Barkman grew up in the Thayer United Methodist Church, she has been a nurse for 23 years. Koralyn is married to Justin Barkman; they have five children. Koralyn enjoys listening to Christian music and putting together the church media for Sunday services; she wants the media to be beneficial to those who are worshiping God! Other ways Koralyn likes to further our ministry by helping with VBS and Awana when she is not in school.