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Our Team

At Neosho UMC, we love working as a team to share the grace of Jesus Christ

with Newton County and the world!

Mitch Jarvis
Pastor

Pastor Mitch joined the NUMC team in 2016.  He is a Southwest MO native, an Eagle scout and USAF veteran.  He enjoys fishing and fiction.  Mitch has been married to his high school sweetheart and neighbor girl, Sarah, for 30+ years; they have two high-school aged kids, Abby and Willis. 

Shelly Langland
Accompanist

When Shelly isn't teaching piano through Crowder College, she is playing the organ and grand piano for our worship services.  Additionally, she leads our Monday AM prayer gathering.  She is married to Warren and enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, affectionately known as "Junebug."

Karen Martin
Director of Family Ministries 

Karen wears many hats and is responsible for guiding and resourcing Children's, Youth and Family ministry initiatives.  Karen is a member of our choir and directs the handbell ringers.  She is married to Joe.  Together they are dedicated to their pooch Maggie and their out-of-state grandkids.  

Bill Carlsten
Properties Manager

We keep Bill out of trouble by asking him to maintain our downtown campus (1890s structure,) our Christian Life Center and the parsonage house. Additionally, Bill leads the activities of the United Methodist Men, delivers Meals on Wheels and is a tireless community volunteer.  He's a retired engineer and a Navy vet.  He's married to Susan.   

Dana Fox
Office Manager

Dana has been in the church office since 1997,

and a member since 1998.  Her family includes

two children and three grandkids she's very proud of. Dana enjoys houseplants, photography and her many church activities. 

Jeryn Preston 
Chancel Choir Director

Jeryn is a retired elementary music teacher; all

of her years teaching were in Neosho. She has

led the choir at NUMC for 28 years. She and her husband Mark love their three adult sons and

four grandkids.  In her free time Jeryn enjoys scrapbooking and making her own greeting

cards. 

Michael is one of the Southwest district's first Certified Lay Ministers.  His duties include visitation, pulpit-supply throughout SWMO and maintaining NUMC's computers.  Michael is a retired electrical engineer, is a USMC vet and is married to Dori.

Michael Helms
Certified Lay Minister
Mark Preston
A/V Ministries

By day Mark is a Neosho High School industrial

arts teacher.  By night he's a super wood-

worker, craftsman and "tinker-er" with

anything electronic. He is a member of our choir and oversees the audio/visual aspects of our worship services.  He is married to Jeryn and is dedicated to his grandkids.   

Our professional staff is supported by many sincere, faithful, hard working volunteers - ministers each!