Leadership Board & Resources

The Leadership Board is the governing body of Webster Hills United Methodist Church. The Leadership Board, as a whole, fulfills the functions of Church Council, Trustees, Finance, and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee as defined in the United Methodist Book of Discipline.


Webster Hills UMC’s Leadership Board consists of 11 voting lay members. They are nominated by the nominations committee and typically serve rotating 3-year terms. The Pastor serves on the Leadership Board as an ex-officio member with voice but no vote.



Dan Ruzicka

Leadership Board Chair 

I have been a member of Webster Hills UMC since 2017. I serve on the board to give back to the congregation that gives so much to me and my family. I love that our board brings together different gifts, strengths, and perspectives to build the best future for the WH community.


Chloe McClanahan

Vice Chair

I serve on the board because the legacy and future of Webster Hills UMC matters to me. Since childhood, members of Webster Hills UMC have shaped my Christian identity and my relationship with God. I want this legacy to continue into the future where people experience God's love through the servanthood of our congregation.  

Rebecca Grimes


I grew up at Webster Hills UMC and I am honored to give back to the community and church family that had raised me in my faith.  I am excited for what the future holds at WHUMC and enjoy being part of that future. 

Tom Bacon

Finance Co-Chair

Webster Hills has been an important part of my life for the last twenty years. I have served in several capacities during that time and value what the church has provided for my family. I look forward to continuing my service with the Leadership Board and the Webster Hill Finance team.

Marti Bates

Finance Co-Chair

I serve the Leadership Board of Webster Hills UMC because I have a passion for the congregation of this church. As the Finance Chair, I bring my CPA background and an affinity for process efficiency to streamline and accurately reflect the finances of the church. I believe in the mission of our church and in the people who help to carry it out. I believe my contribution in this space represents the giving of my time and my talents, as I promised when I joined our wonderful church.

Matt Baker

 Preschool Liaison

I first chose to serve on the leadership board because Webster Hills UMC has always been a warm and inviting home for myself and my family. As a family, we never had a church home that felt what Webster Hills UMC has made us feel.  I relish being a steward of what has come before me and I am continuously excited about any opportunities that allow me to help grow and further develop Webster Hills UMC as an integral part of our community that I have come to know and love.

Gary Barker

Staff Parish Liaison

I serve because I believe in the ministry of the local church as a place to encounter and share God.  In addition to being a welcoming body of fellowship, Webster Hills UMC is an important catalyst for my spiritual growth.   I'm grateful for the opportunity to help our Church be a light in the community thru effective and God-honoring programming, stewardship, and discipleship.

Lauren Harris

Staff Parish Liaison

I agreed to serve on the Webster Hills UMC Leadership Board to learn more about how the church operates and serve as a sounding board for church decisions.  When I stepped into the role of running the Pumpkin Patch, I realized that while it is a great fundraiser, there is so much more that our church does to connect with the community.  Being a member of the Board has allowed me to learn about all of the different facets of our service and educate my friends and family about how to get more involved.  I truly love our community and look forward to another successful and productive year.

Beth Herreid

I agreed to serve on the Leadership Board because I have made strong and lasting connections at Webster Hills UMC that have helped me along my spiritual journey.  As we value and nurture those connections and make new ones at the corner of Lockwood and Berry, I want to help make decisions that contribute to spiritual growth and community service.  

Lynn Hitner

Lay Leader

Serving on the Leadership Board is a great opportunity to represent the church in making significant decisions that impact growth and spiritual develpment. I find it exciting to see where we might go with missional fulfillment, social justice and local community outreach. 

I believe serving on the board is a chance to help with Christian prgramming and core values. Simply put, in remembering the life of a dear relative who was "determined to make a difference," in some small way, I hope I can too.  

Perrin Marchionne

Endowment Committee Liaison

I serve on the board at Webster Hills UMC to support the world wide Methodist Church and its missions. I believe whole heartedly in the United Methodist motto "Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors," and by working with and on this board, I will be a part of meaningful influence within our local community. 

May Webster

Facilities and UMW Liaison

I serve on the leadership board as a representative of the United Methodist Women of Webster Hills. I have been active in both church and UMW leadership for many years in 4 different churches over the years. I feel it is important to listen to and communicate information between members and leaders.

Board meetings are open to all with the exception of closed sessions to discuss personnel matters.

Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in McKelvey Room.

Leadership Board Agendas

Click on the below dates to view the previous Leadership Board meeting agendas. Agendas are typically posted the Monday before the meeting, held on the third Tuesday of each month.

2022 Agendas

Reconciling Ministry Statement

The Leadership Board of Webster Hills United Methodist Church supports and welcomes all people into every phase of our church life. We celebrate God’s gift of diversity and value the wholeness made possible in community equally shared and shepherded by all. We welcome and affirm people of every gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education, and family structure, and of every economic, immigration, marital, and social status, and so much more. We acknowledge that we live in a world of profound social, economic, and political inequities. As followers of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice and pledge to stand in solidarity with all who are marginalized and oppressed. Through discussion and education, we strive to better understand those who are different from ourselves to bring about a more accepting society. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God. As beloved children of God, we are all worthy of God's love. We believe that no one is incompatible with the love and saving Grace of Jesus Christ.