Our church leadership consists of various committees, which are connected through the Church Council. These committees have been formed in order to better serve the church and its congregation. Please feel free to contact anyone in leadership or one of the chairpersons if you have questions or would like more information about a particular issue.

Church Council – Joe Wright, Chairperson
The purpose of the Church Council is to plan a program of nurture, outreach, and witness; implement the plan; provide an administrative infrastructure; align the plan with the mission of the church; evaluate the effectiveness of the plan; and act as the administrative agency of the charge conference.

The church council exists to create a strategic plan for our congregation. Therefore, its primary work is one of leadership rather than management.

Board of Trustees – David Ransom, Chairperson
The board of trustees is charged with the care and maintenance of all property.  The committee is entrusted to see to the proper upkeep of God’s house as a way to honor God and to facilitate the ministry of the local church.

The primary purpose of the church building and facilities is to enable the vision and ministry for the congregation. Good stewardship, common sense, and prudence dictate that the church, parsonage, facilities, property, equipment, furnishings, and other physical property be well maintained. Our trustees strive to maintain a “well groomed” and attractive facility as a means to a more welcoming, safe, and hospitable environment. We honor God when we care for what has been entrusted to us.

Finance Committee – Joe Wright, Chairperson
The job of the committee on finance is to identify, perfect, and manage the finance system for the congregation. The finance system is the processes of raising, managing, and dispersing the finances so that the mission and vision of the congregation can be achieved.

A critical component of this ministry is recognition of the historic differences between Christian stewardship and funding ministry. Funding ministry, often called “fundraising,” consists of the varied tasks associated with gathering funds to enable ministry to take place. Underlying and supporting these tasks, however, is the conceptual discipline of stewardship. In our tradition, we understand ourselves as stewards who respond to our giftedness. It is this balance between the “what” (fundraising) and the “why” (stewardship) that is the genius of Wesleyan financial leadership.

Pastor-Parish Relations – Gary White, Chairperson
The “Pastor-Parish Relations Committee” (PPRC) is truly a Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) because the committee relates to all staff, both bishop-appointed and employed. The S/PPRC has some of the same functions as a personnel office or Human Resources department in other organizations.

Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee is an essential part of the church. This committee gets together and prayerfully consider who should be on each of the other committees.

Grounds Committee – Sue Marks, Chairperson
The Grounds Committee is ministry of hospitality.  This committee consists of a group of devoted individuals whose main purpose is to maintain the church’s grounds in order to present an inviting and welcoming place of worship and gathering.

Members include:  Grant Marks, Mona & Bill Knollinger, Jerry Berisford, Fred Daugherty, Dave Ransom, Ronnie Clutter, Gary Dean;  please send any additional names as directed below

Youth Leadership Council – Jane Lucey, Chairperson
The Youth Leadership Council meets to discuss and guide Mt. Olivet UMC’s youth group. They meet periodically to decide potential activities and other important issues concerning the future of our youth at the church.

Committee on Lay Leadership Gary White, Chair.  
The Committee on Lay Leadership oversees the identification and development of volunteer leadership at Mt. Olivet UMC. The Committee supports the care for the volunteers at Mt. Olivet by inviting, connecting, equipping, and sustaining volunteers for Christian service.


The Board of Trustees

Class of 2014 – Tim Reed, Chuck Hill

Class of 2015 – Fred Dougherty, Dave Ransom

Class of 2016 – Brenda Gittings, Mona Knollinger


Finance Committee

Class of 2014 – Vicki Kane, Jolie Yuncke

Class of 2015 – Linda Reed, Sheri Mengeu

Class of 2016 – Joe Wright, Bronte Showalter


Pastor-Parish Relations Committee

Class of 2014 – Gary White, Penny Haynes

Class of 2015 – Joyce Caldwell, Lee Ann Delbert

Class of 2016 – Evelyn Roth, Connie Adams


Nominations Committee

Class of 2014 – Rhea Berisford, Janice Hill

Class of 2015 – Connie Adams, Kim Griffith

Class of 2016 – Jackie Yuncke, Gary Mengeu


Aluminum Can Tabs For Children With Disabilities – Dan Riding

Bake Sales – Becky Luyster

Blood Drives – Brenda Gittings, donors like you, please send any additional names as directed below

Carnival – Jane Gracey, Joe Wright, please send any additional names as directed below

Christmas Bazaar / Relay For Life – Linda Amos, Walter Amos, Liz Quinlin, Rhea Berisford, Noami Lyons, Irma Nixon, Linda Reed, Edie Proger, please send any additional names as directed below

Cooks – Joyce Caldwell, Vicki Kane, Connie Adams, Leigh Anne Bokone

Counters – Edie Proger & Mona Knollinger;  Jackie Yuncke & Joe Wright;  Evelyn Roth & Patti Hoffman;  Janet McKain & Chuck Hill

Facebook – Shirley Byard

Fall Style Show & Luncheon – Rhea Berisford, please send any additional names as directed below

Flea Market – (info requested / please send names as directed below)

Gift Card Sales – Joe Wright, Linda Reed, Jolie Yuncke

The Lord’s Pantry – Director Mona Knollinger, with Rhea & Jerry Berisford, Naomi Lyons, Irma Nixon, Bill Knollinger, G. Delbert;  you are needed and welcome to help

Maintenance – Fred Dougherty, Dave Ransom

Men’s Bible Study – Rev. Keith Forkey, Rev. Al Flaitz, Gary White, Bob Neidhardt, Jim Hall, Dave Ransom, G. Delbert;  you are welcome to join us Saturday @ 8 a. at Bob Evans, National Rd., Whg.

Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. fund raiser – Keith Forkey, Terry Hubbard, Lee Ann & G. Delbert, Trey, The Stapel Family, The Wilkinses, Jane G., Anonymous, numerous donors like you

Paver Bricks Fund Raiser – Tim Reed

Plastic Cap Collection For Charity – Sad To Report This Was A Hoax.  Good intentions were from Brody Allman, Ruxin Allman, Susie Haught, Walter Amos, numerous members like you

Portable Sign – Jerry Berisford

Posters, corner of parking lot – Janet Andrews, Joe Wright

PowerPoint – Linda Amos

Spring Fling – Rhea Berisford,

Stationary Sign – G. Delbert

Steak Dinners – Joe Wright, Connie Adams, Leigh Anne Bokone, Gary Mengeu, Sherry Mengeu, Walter Amos, Joyce Caldwell, Janet Andrews, Jane Gracey, Naomi Lyons, Irma Nixon, Rhea Berisford, Jerry Berisford, Vicki Kane, Jackie Yuncke, Jane Lucey, Janice Hill, Chuck Hill, Edie Proger, Evelyn Roth, Susie Haught, Cliff Haught, Janet McKain, Linda Reed, Tim Reed, Shirley Byard, Elissa McCarty, Keith Forkey, Abby Lyons, Joseph Lucey, Kayla Kettlewell, Alaina Gracey, Seth Wachter, McKenzie Gillis, Donna Ransom, Dave Ransom, Gary Dean, Lee Ann Delbert, G. Delbert, and your help is always appreciated, please send any additional names as directed below

T. G. I. W.  – Janet Andrews, please send any additional names as directed below

United Methodist Women – Rhea Berisford, Linda Reed, Jackie Yuncke, Noami Lyons, Irma Nixon, Janet Andrews, Jeannie Huss, Cheryl Daugherty, Evelyn Roth, Dawn Roth, Mary Ann Nolte.

Vacation Bible School – Janet Andrews, Jane Lucey, Joseph Lucey, Chris Gillis, McKenzie Gillis, Shirley Byard, Kara Messner, Sara Quinlin, Linda Criswell;  please send any additional names as directed below

Web Page – Geoff Skadra, Shirley Byard, Keith Forkey

Women’s Bible Study  – Karen White, Vicki Kane, Janet Andrews, Joyce Caldwell, Sue Marks, Sandy Miller, Donna Ransom, all are welcome


Any Additions, Corrections, Deletions, etc.:  Please text or call 304-280-8110.  Thank you  :]