Angela Smith

Assistant Kids Ministry Director

Angela Smith grew up attending Schweitzer UMC. She has been on staff since 2004 in various positions such as Assistant Director for Youth Ministry and Kids Worship Leader.

I have lived in Springfield my whole life and for the past 19 years I have been blessed to call Schweitzer my home. The relationships that I have formed here are priceless.  I am so excited to see our daughter Chloe and son Beckham beginning to form their own relationships here too. Our family loves the outdoors, playing games with friends and traveling when we get to get away a bit!

Beki Rhein

Sunday Morning Teacher

Our family has attended Schweitzer for over a decade. My husband Jeff, daughter Paige and I love being a part of the Schweitzer family and serving where God leads us. I work part time as a school nurse at Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School. I love to travel, read, be outdoors, sew (newest hobby) and spend time with friends and family.


Anna Leininger

Sunday Morning Teacher

I am from the beautiful state of Michigan and have also lived in the states of New York, Kentucky, and for the past five years, Missouri.  My husband, Jason is the executive Pastor here at Schweitzer. Most of my time is spent on homeschooling and the activities our four children are involved in, especially Springfield Little Theatre and Schweitzer. Our family also loves to be outdoors, bonfires, traveling, and visiting friends and family.


Joel & Jessica Nel

Sunday Morning Teachers

Joel and Jessica Nel have been teaching Sunday morning class for the last 2 years.  They are an amazing team and the Discover Ministry is blessed to have them with us!


Brian Black

Sunday Morning Teacher & Wednesday Night Club Leader

Brian jumped headfirst into serving in the Discovery Ministry in August 2016.  He studies Elementary Education at Missouri State University and is heavily involved as recruitment officer at Delta Chi.  Whether dunking on the kids in basketball or sharing his testimony with the kids, Brian is natural leader!


Kelsea Fink

Sunday Morning Teacher & Wednesday Night Club Leader

Kelsea is a graduate student at Missouri State University in Accounting.  She is a member of Schweitzer Young Adults and has a smile that lights up the room.  We are blessed for the time we have had with her and will miss her as she moves to St. Louis in May after graduation.


Tessa Robinett

Sunday Morning Teacher & Wednesday Night Club Leader

Tessa is a Dietetics major at Missouri State University.  She grew up in Kansas City, MO and has been in Springfield for the last couple of years.  She has been a Wednesday Night Leader for 2 years and will soon be teaching Sunday mornings as well.  Whether she is playing Wii Dance or leading small group, we are blessed by her!


Paul Parrish

Wednesday Night Club Leader

Paul is a senior at Kickapoo High School.  He is involved in Kickapoo Tennis and HOSA.  We are grateful for his musical talent as he leads us in worship on Wednesday nights.  Paul also teaches 4th grade on Sunday mornings in the Kids Ministry.


Jessie Grosshart

Wednesday Night Club Leader

Jessie graduated from Nixa High School and Schweitzer Youth Group in 4 years ago.  She graduated from William Jewell last May and now works as a preschool teacher in Nixa.  She leads our 6th grade girls on Wednesday nights and shares her bubbly personality every where she goes!