Have you ever wondered who is who at Wesley UMC?  Well now is your chance to meet our staff!

Pastor Jim delivering the message

Pastor Jim Barnett – Lead Pastor
Pastor Jim is currently serving his 25th year as the Lead Pastor of the Wesley Church. He was appointed by the Bishop of the Missouri Area Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 32 years and have 2 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  Pastor Jim and Julie are very involved in the life of Wesley and the Ministry they have been called to.  Pastor Jim preaches and teaches from the Holy Scriptures, leading folks to be all they can be for Jesus.  He believes that all Christians are ministers and he encourages the congregation to follow the mission statement; To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.  His favorite scripture is Matthew 28:19-20; “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Pastor Jim also serves the United Methodist Church as a member of the Northwest District Committee of Ministry, the Missouri Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and he chairs the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members for the Missouri Area Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Pastor Jim’s door is always open and he is looking forward to welcoming you.



Just another day in the office

Tracy Lichliter – Administrative Assistant
                Tracy is a certified United Methodist Church Secretary and President of the Missouri Chapter of PAUMCS (Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries). She has worked here for 12 years. Tracy is married to a wonderful man named Curt. She has 4 children: Melissa, Tonya, Jason and a stepson Zach. Tracy also has 6 grandchildren: Caitlyn, Rachel, Gabriel, Anthony, Veronica and Audrey. “I love working at Wesley, mainly because of the people here.” Tracy has enjoyed visiting with everyone who comes into her office.  Not only is she the administrative assistant but she also is a Notary for the Church, which comes in handy a lot. Tracy believes in what she does strongly and the miracles that she see are amazing. In fact, she has personally witnessed 2 miracles. Tracy hopes to work here for many years to come.


Miss Stacey at South Side Parade with husband Logan

Stacey Dyke – Children’s Director
                Stacey has been working at Wesley UMC since June of 2014.  She attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in pastoral and youth ministries.  While attending college, she met her husband Logan. They were married in June of 2009.  They have three young children: Cassidy, Kennedy, and Cayden.  Stacey loves being a part of the children’s ministry at Wesley because she believes that children are the future of the church and loves being able to help them grow in their faith and learn about God!


Logan at trunk-or-treat with wife, Stace

Logan Dyke – Tween Leader
                Logan has been attending Wesley UMC since June of 2014.  He and his wife, Stacey, have 3 young children: Cassidy, Kennedy, and Cayden.  Logan became the Tween Leader in the spring of 2016 and also helps run the sound system on Sunday mornings.  He enjoys challenging the tweens by helping them dig deeper in their faith and seeing them apply lessons to their own lives. 


Chad leading Bible Discovery during Vacation Bible School

Chad Arnold – Youth Leader
Chad grew up in St Joseph, MO.  He is married to Michele and they have 5 children: Mandy, Samantha, Tyler, Spencer and Drew. He is a dedicated and faithful Youth Leader who has almost 20 years’ experience leading youth groups from ages 8-18. He tries to keep a fun, wholesome environment for faith based activities and lessons. He enjoys baseball and helping as a leader at Wilderness Camp.


Sara helping the children learn the songs during Vacation Bible School

Sara Murphy – Lead Nursery Attendant  
Sara has been working at Wesley UMC since May of 2015 and has 6 years of experience working with children. Sara has had many different trainings, some including Safe Sanctuary, CPR and First Aid. Sara is a senior at Missouri Western State University where she majors in Psychology. She shares a love for Jesus Christ and she loves teaching children. Sara loves working with children because “they are our future disciples.” Her favorite activity to do with the children is arts and crafts. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, crafting, and hanging out with her dog, Miley, her family, and the love of her life, Austin. She is a very caring and compassionate person who is always there when you need someone to talk to.