Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and our community.
Our commitment to each other and our community is to #BeTheChurch! We do this through our:
Our purpose is to Love God and Love People like Jesus. We do this by following three simple rules:
Hey there! My name is Brett, and I have served in local churches of all sizes for over a decade in various roles. Before becoming a pastor, I served in worship leadership and music. I began serving as the pastor of Waynesville UMC in the summer of 2021. Originally from the region, my family and I are excited to be back in the beautiful Ozark mountains. My wife, Bethany, teaches High School English. Together we have two children, Connor and Savannah.
My studies are in Communication with Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, and theology with Saint Paul School of Theology. Before entering ministry full-time, I worked in finance, as a funeral director, and radio. My go-to shows are The Office, Big Bang Theory, and The West Wing. I also enjoy traveling, exploring new places, going to Broadway shows and museums, and being with family and friends. Breakfast is my favorite food, and I never pass up Starbucks or Chick-fil-a!
I love serving Jesus and His Church. Over the years, the Church has supported my family and shown us Jesus’ love. It’s my prayer that all people will discover that same grace and love through a faith community. It is a privilege to partner with people on their journey of faith, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to connect with you!
Grace and peace,
We believe in one God who is eternally present in three distinct persons. God the Father spoke the world into being, out of nothing. God the Son is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world who lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, and resurrected from the dead after three days. God the Holy Spirit is our guide, our helper as we live the life we are meant to live. We believe the Bible is the ultimate source of truth and guide Christian living. We believe that anyone can discover the fullness of life by accepting the gift of salvation offered to all people through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. When we begin to follow Jesus, we are made new, promised an eternity in the presence of God when our physical life ends. We believe that as the church, we are to love God and love people and welcome all to hear the Good News of Jesus.
We believe there are two sacraments, Baptism and Communion. These two acts are important for us to participate in because Jesus commanded them and participated in them.
Baptism is a sacrament a believer experiences once during their life. It connects us with God’s act of salvation for the Church and us. We are not “saved” at the moment of Baptism, but accept the invitation God offers to live a life following Jesus. Once we commit to following Jesus, scripture calls us to publicly profess our faith through Baptism.
We baptize people of all ages, offering the individual and their family the choice of being baptized by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Sprinkling is common for infants and small children, but the person being baptized (or their parents) can choose the most meaningful method for them.
Communion is a sacrament we regularly participate in during worship. It’s a celebration and remembrance of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. The bread and fruit of the vine (we use grape juice out of respect for those in recovery) are symbols of Jesus’ body and blood, which were broken and shed for us.
We practice Open Communion, which means everyone is welcome to participate in it. Communion is a special moment that reminds us all of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.