In the United Methodist Church, Lay Leaders are members of the congregation that take an active role in the leadership of the church. These individuals typically serve in partnership with the pastor, act as connectors between church committees, serve the congregation, and intercede on the congregation's behalf with all governing bodies.
Our Current Lay Leaders
Gordon Haines is our head Lay Leader (2021), but not new to serving the church! Gordy has been involved in most aspects of the life of St.Thomas, serving on multiple committees and most recently completing his role as chair for the Staff Parish Relations Committee (our Human Resource committee). He also helps to facilitate the Saturday morning Men's Group that meets each week.
Pat Brown is our next Lay Leader (2022) and has been serving in a variety of ways over the years. Most recently, she was our Annual Conference Lay Delegate. She serves in the office on Wednesdays, and is now on the IGNITE team. We're so lucky to have her and our other Lay Leaders at the helm.
Paula Renfro is our newest Lay Leader (2023), and leads the 9:30 am Sunday School class, and is actively involved with the United Methodist Women. She has led several mission teams from St. Thomas to El Salvador, and is an active golfer!
If you are not familiar with any of our Lay Leaders, please stop by and take a moment to say hello and let us know how we can best serve you and our church. Gordy sings in the Chancel Choir and attends the 8:15 and 11:00 AM services and is around many Tuesday evenings as well. Pat Brown can be found before or after the 9:40 AM service and at the church office on Wednesdays. We’re happy to listen and help where and when we can. This is going to be a terrific year at St. Thomas!