At Schweitzer our mission is: “Transforming lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ as we worship, grow, and serve.” God gives us all abilities that we can use in making this world more like God intends – a place where everyone knows they are valued by God and others; where everyone has what they need to thrive and enjoy healthy relationships. We want to empower you to use your gifts to make a difference. Check out the opportunities listed here. 

Opportunities to Serve


Contact: Joanne Buske,

Pick up bulk mail from the church office on Fridays and drop it off at the Main Post Office on Chestnut Expressway. Volunteers are needed to serve on a substitute basis.

Office Receptionist

Contact: Mary Beth Owens,

The office receptionist answers phones and performs miscellaneous tasks. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Schedule is flexible.

Flower Ministry

Contact: Mary Taft,

Deliver bouquets of flowers to brighten peoples’ day after services on Sunday.

Parish Visitor

Contact: Barb Thomas,

A parish visitor makes a friendly visit to one or two homebound or limited attendance members once a month. You will be assigned the same person with the purpose of helping that person stay connected to Jesus and Schweitzer.

PATCH Ministry (Parents And Their CHildren)

Contact: Jim Peterson,

Once a month, different drivers use the church van to pick up children in the area to visit their moms in prison in Chillicothe, Missouri. A Background Check and Safe Sanctuary Training is required.

Snail Mail Ministry

Contact: Carma Messerli,

Either make or send encouraging cards to folks who are homebound, ill, or otherwise experiencing tough times.

Retirement Center Ministry

Contact: Carma Messerli,

First Sundays, 3:00 p.m. Assist and befriend residents, sing.

Connection Team (Green Shirts)

Contact: Erinn Johnson,

Greet guests, answer questions, and help create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.


Contact: Erinn Johnson,

Create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for those coming to worship as you greet at the door.

Hospitality Team

Contact: Deanna Gorden,

Serve refreshments on Sunday mornings and occasionally at special events. Times available for all services.

Sanctuary Set-Up Team  

Contact: Ann Earl, 417-848-6126

Help keep our sanctuary ready for service by stocking ink pens and offering envelopes (rotating schedule).


Contact: Erinn Johnson,

Create a warm, welcoming environment for those coming to Schweitzer and entering worship. Distribute bulletins and collect offerings.

Data Team

Contact: Mike and Janet Snavely, or

Enter data after services on a rotating schedule.

Kids Connection Desk

Contact: Kim Woodworth,

Greet parents and guests as they enter the Kids Area on Sunday mornings. Become a “tour guide” as needed for visitors and assist in handing our parent information at the Kids Area doors. Some people will enter data onto the computer. Background check and Safe Sanctuary Training required.

Kids’ Club

Contact: Dawn Thompson,

Leaders and helpers for Wednesday night learning and fun for Pre-K-6th grade. Background check and Safe Sanctuary Training required.

Nursery Volunteer

Contact: Dawn Thompson,

Care for babies and toddlers during all three worship services. Need to be a true servant for the Lord and have a loving, caring heart for kids. Will work closely with paid nursery staff. Background check and Safe Sanctuary Training required.

Sunday Morning Class Helper        

Contact: Dawn Thompson

Assist the Sunday morning class leader in the classroom for ages 2 – 6th grade. Need to be a true servant for the Lord and have a loving, caring heart for kids. Background check and Safe Sanctuary Training required.

Volunteers for Grow To Know Preschool

Contact: Jane Roebke,

Interested persons would enjoy interacting with children ages 6 weeks – 5 years, helping teachers with classroom duties, welcoming parents and students, and serving as a helper in the way of Jesus. Completion of the volunteer packet including background screening and Safe Sanctuary Training is necessary.

Youth Ministry Small Group Facilitator

Contact: Tim Smith,

Help 7th-12th Grade students discuss spiritual topics on Wednesday nights as they break out from a large group message. Facilitators are responsible for walking students through faith topics relevant to their lives.

Youth Ministry Sound Board Operator

Contact: Tim Smith,

Help run the sound board for Youth Worship on Wednesday nights—working with the youth band primarily.

Youth Ministry Wednesday Night Dinners & Drinks

Contact: Tim Smith,

Provide dinner or fix smoothies and coffee for students attending Wednesday night Youth Ministry events. Dinners that will feed multiple students are best.

Youth Worship Team & Choir

Contact: Tim Smith,

Help with vocal and instrumental coaching as students learn to use their gifts in leading in worship.

Audio Engineer

Contact: KJ Roelke,

Work with the Director of Modern Worship to craft an excellent mix that helps the congregation engage in worship.  Must be musically inclined and able to problem-solve under pressure.  Must also be willing to learn new techniques and work with a humble spirit.

Slides Operator

Contact: Taylor Likes,

Work with the Service Producer and the Worship Leader in making sure all graphics and worship lyrics are displayed for the service. This position requires someone who is quick on his or her feet and not afraid of computers. We will offer training on the ProPresenter Software.

Chancel Choir

Contact: Cheryll Moll,

Anyone who loves God and loves music is welcome to join us as we lead music in traditional worship. All are welcome regardless of musical ability. The choir meets Wednesday nights, August-June, and available choir members sing at 8:20 or 11:00 worship.


Contact: Cheryll Moll, or KJ Roelke |

Instrumental music adds to the beauty and excitement of our worship experience. We are looking for instrumentalists who can occasionally be a part of our music at both traditional and modern worship.

Praise Band

Contact: KJ Roelke,

The Worship Team helps the congregation join in with the ongoing praises of Heaven through their musical gifts at our modern worship services.  If you have the talent, commitment, and heart to guide people in engaging with God through their voices and hearts, get in touch as soon as possible!

Schweitzer Bells

Contact: Kim Hammons,

Handbells and chimes are used to present music in traditional worship. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights, Aug.-May. No experience is necessary. Music reading ability is preferable.

Senior Saints

Contact: Cheryll Moll,

A group of singers who enjoy fellowship and sharing music in the community and in worship. Rehearsals are Tuesday afternoons, Aug.-May.

Youth Worship Team & Choir

Contact: Tim Smith,

Help with vocal and instrumental coaching as students learn to use their gifts in leading worship.


Contact: Jennifer Muller,

Help serve communion once a month at one of the Sunday services.

Cents of Pride

Contact: Gail Randolph,

Help collect items or assist in the “store” in this Pittman school program to reinforce positive choices. Kids earn points to spend.

Church @ the Center

Contact: Deborah Chapman,

If you are feeling called to serve alongside people on the margins of the community right here on campus signup to serve with our Sunday night worshiping community.

Coach House

Contact: Kim Hartmayer, or Dianne Joy,

Mentoring and empowering women transitioning out of homelessness to stability. Women will live in the house as they work through the program to greater independence. 


Contact: Rich or Donna DeVries,

On the first Thursday of each month, five or six Schweitzer volunteers help clients select groceries at the Crosslines Food Pantry.

Disaster Relief

Contact: Freddy Lane,

Prepare for and respond to help people when disasters strike.

Faith and Finances

Contact: Mark McKnelly,

In 2017, we look forward to launching this 12-week program designed to help low-income people move out of financial poverty. If you have gifting and/or passion in this area, you can be a part of that.

Good News Club

Contact: Gail Randolph,

Volunteers are needed every Tuesday afternoon during the school year. Opportunities include everything from snack coordination to teaching the Bible Story. This team receives training and requires a background check.

International Friends

Contact: Joyce Eddy,

Share friendship with international students attending Missouri State University. Info at

Sole Food

Contact: Dennis and Molly Edwards,

Help collect and organize shoes that comes in for Sole Food.


Contact: Molly Edwards,

Help students, selected by the teacher, Thursdays after school. Tutors receive training and a background check is required.

Pantry Prayer Ministry   

For an interview, contact Linda Harper, or Patty Hunt,

A wonderful opportunity to use your gift of prayer! Provide a moment of spiritual comfort to persons who receive physical support from the Schweitzer Food Pantry. Serve 2 1/2 hours weekly.

Worship Prayer Team

Contact: Janet Price,

For 11:00 Renovate, contact Jayne Markin,

Our purpose is to pray that the Presence of God would show up and interact with all the people in the pews. There are Worship Prayer Teams for each service, 8:20, 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. Prayer Team members prays with persons who come forward after the service asking for prayer. The 8:20 Team also prays with the pastors before the service begins.

Prayer Wall Ministry

Contact: Jamie Fugitt,

Join with others to pray for requests which have been placed on the Prayer Wall in the sanctuary. This team typically meets to pray about an hour two times per month.

Food Pantry

Contact: Jim Peterson,

Assist with registering families, bagging groceries, and/or carrying groceries out to car. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Serve once a week or on a substitute basis.

Food Pantry Re-Packaging Team

Contact: David Welde,

Help re-bag bulk food items for the food pantry and have a great time doing it. Meets the third Wednesday.

Food Pantry Re-Stocking Team

Contact: Venda Lee,

This team re-stocks the shelves of the Food Pantry.

East Stanford Neighborhood Garden

Contact: Colette Freeman,

Create community and produce food in the east Stanford neighborhood garden. There are many different ways to participate.

Jobs for Life

Contact: Kim Hammons,

Business people and others can help students complete an 8 week training program by providing membership, interviews, and more.

Church @ the Center

Contact: Mark McKnelly,

Church @ the Center is a new outreach faith community on campus that gathers on Sunday night for worship and Wednesday night for discipleship. There are many opportunities to serve.