Waynesville United Methodist Church

Who We Are

Our Mission

Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and our community.


Our Commitment

Our commitment to each other and our community is to #BeTheChurch! We do this through our:

  • Prayers
  • Presence
  • Gifts
  • Service
  • Witness

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to Love God and Love People like Jesus. We do this by following three simple rules:

  • Do No Harm
  • Do Good
  • Stay In Love With God

Brett Reith

Lead Pastor

Hi there! My name is Brett Reith, 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. I am married to my beautiful wife, Bethany, who teaches High School English. Together we have two elementary-aged 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 in radio. In my free time, I love watching The Office and The West Wing. I also enjoy traveling, exploring new places, going to Broadway shows and museums, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite food is breakfast, and I love Starbucks and Chick-fil-A!


One of the great joys of my life is serving Christ and the Church. Over the years, the Church has supported my family and shown us the love of Christ. My prayer is that all people will discover that same grace and love through a community of faith. It is my privilege to partner with you on the journey of following Jesus and serve your family.


Grace and peace,

Pastor Brett

Our Staff


Nursery Attendant


Nursery Director


Director of Operations


Children's Ministry Director


Financial Secretary (Giving)


Worship Leader


Connections Ministry Director


Treasurer (Accounting & Billing)


2x2 Preschool Director


Nursery Attendant


Nursery Attendant


Office Manager & Worship Leader

Our Beliefs

What we believe

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 the guide for 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.

Communion & Baptism

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 faith through Baptism.


We baptize people of all ages offer people or families 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 worship. It’s a celebration and remembrance of what Christ 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 simply means everyone is welcome to take part in it. Communion is a special moment that reminds us all of the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Our connection

As a United Methodist Church, we are a part of a greater “connection” made up of churches all across the globe. To learn more about the UMC, visit www.umc.org.


To learn more about the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church visit, www.moumethodist.org.