Staff Bios


Pastor Jennifer K Whitt has been blessed with an amazing combination of diverse life experiences that now enable her to reach others with humor, warmth, transparency and strength. Pastor Jennifer delivers uplifting sermons that connect on a personal level. Her depth of spiritual knowledge seamlessly intertwines with what’s going on in our world right now and challenges us to apply the timeless truths of Scripture to our everyday lives.

Jennifer grew up as a preachers kid in the Buffalo Rochester area of New York.  She has two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Rebekah. Her life has been dedicated to living by example and encouraging men and women how to live up to their full potential in Christ. Before coming to Haysville United Methodist Church in June of 2016, she served 6 other churches in four conferences including one appointment as a two point charge. 

She attended College at Ohio Northern University. While there, she participated in an exchange program with Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland.  She attended Seminary at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC where she earned her way through school by giving tours of Washington. Through her hard work and passion for Christ, she has been able to lead others to develop a love and sense of compassion.

Pastor Jennifer closed with, ”I am truly blessed to be a pastor. I love building relationships with people and helping them to grow in their faith and understanding of who God is and God’s call on their life. I look forward to ministering with you.”

   Church Secretary 
Our secretary keeps the church office running like clockwork. The secretary provides detailed administrative support to all staff members, working alongside each to coordinate communication and plan.The church secretary is the servant’s servant, ministering to the ministers and to the church in quiet ways. Few other individuals contribute behind the scenes to the success of the church’s programs. The secretary will often be the first person visitors and newcomers come across at the church, whether by phone or in person, and is an integral part of the church’s public image and outreach. Discretion, a positive attitude, copy editing and excellent interpersonal skills round out her body of talent.
Kent   Director of Music Ministries
Kent grew up in Burlington, (rural northwest) Oklahoma and started playing piano when he was 5 years old. He began playing the organ for church when he was in junior high school. Kent is the Piano Accompanist at Haysville West Middle School and brought his years of music experience to Haysville UMC in 2010. He enjoys sharing his passion for music with others, “Music is my life, the very thing I breathe in and out each day”. Kent relies on the Fruit of the Spirit to help him inspire, guide, and direct those in his outstanding care. Kent likes to meet new people and would love to hear your story! The Music Ministries under his guidance include: Chancel Choir, Hand Bell Choir, Reflections Ensemble, Praise Band, and JAMMERZ!
Music Staff
Ardith Simmons                         Accompanist, Worship Pianist
Jamie Pegg                               Praise Band Lead
Judy Callstrom & Linda Graber     Organists
Kris (2)   Director of Youth Ministries
Kris has been in a continuous youth ministry position since 2000 and is a lifelong Methodist. After growing up in Hays and Derby Kansas, he married his high school sweetheart Melinda and now lives in west Wichita. Kris answered the call to minister as a teen, volunteering at Camp Horizon and various other United Methodist facilities. He arrived at Haysville UMC in January 2014 serving both as a volunteer and the Director of Youth Ministries.
Through organization, communication and planning Kris’ successful ministries have enabled him and the youth he’s worked with to crisscross the U.S. ministering in countless venues to those in need of God’s message. One of his greatest joys is to re-connect with his spiritual sons and daughters as they continue on in life’s journey, some with their own ministries now!
Kris considers his most cherished accolades, though, to be centered on his family. He is the proud dad of two adult sons, Trent and Tyler. Together, he and Mel look forward to another 30+ years of marriage and ministry.


   Media Director
Bailey Clark
Bailey is our go-to tech wizard! She’s the one who makes the magic happen through video, lights and sound. She’s been known to lead  those moments where people realize that together they just pulled off something for the Kingdom that they didn’t even think was possible. She is the REAL “Lights, Camera, Action” girl. The media team at our church is in the process of growing and adding new components. If you want to help with video, technology, lights, and sound on Sundays and other special services, let Bailey know!
Lisa is accountable to the Congregation, Church Treasurer and the Finance Committee to receive and record funds that come into the church treasury. Lisa works full time at Koch Business Solutions. She also runs her own business – Hyde Accounting, is an Avon and  Origami Owl representative and in her spare time she helps keep the books at the church, not to mention taking care of her own family!
Church Treasurer
Sandy sees her position as a place for ministry to the congregation and the community. She has the skills and experience for this position and years of practice in financial matters. Sandy keeps detailed, accurate records and maintains appropriate confidentiality. Her ability to work with individuals and ministry teams rounds out this simplified version of Sandy’s work..
Custodial Staff Coordinators
Sally and Gail Klinginsmith
Sally and Gail’s team work with our Trustees and other volunteers to maintain and care for our beautiful grounds and facilities.