Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Our Worship Team

Reverend Melinda Harwood

I am Melinda Harwood and I care about congregations, churches, and pastors. I have a distinctive set of skills gleaned from 35 years of religious, spiritual, and entrepreneurial experiences. I have served in Christian ministry since my teens, and my education is from St. Paul School of Theology, Oklahoma City University, Kansas Learning Center and GBHEM's Coaching 4 Clergy. My husband and I have four grown children. We own and operate a small farm in northeast Kansas settled by my ancestors 5 generations ago. I enjoy participating and watching synergism in small and large groups of people. 

Susan Montgomery, Children's Church

Susan is an early childhood educator with a passion for sharing the love of Christ with children. She designs worship and lesson experiences that coordinate with Sunday's worship at a child's level. Susan and her husband Ken and son Ben live in the country with lots of animals.

Jim Wilmington, Worship & Youth Leader

Jim leads in worship every Sunday as liturgist and creates ideas for worship. He and his wife, Cheryl, are the OUMC Youth Group leaders. They have three adult children, two teenage daughters, and stay busy with their favorite grandson Phalon.


John Cheffey, Choir Director

John gives lovingly of his musical talent every Sunday leading the OUMC church choir. He has a degree in Music Education and currently works in manufacturing management.


Shuyi Guan, Pianist

Shuyi is a student at the University of Kansas, majoring in Piano. She plays for worship, other services, and special events.


The OUMC Choir

Jenny Best, Doris Elrod, Dottie Hissong, Peggy Reiling, Jo Cross, Cora Jenkins, Nancy Powell, Chris Rhodes, Melissa Rhodes, Tony Boucher, Elaine Latia, Doug Latia, Jamie Love