Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman

Campus Minister

(573) 301-0792

Michelle is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She dreams of a world where all people know their inherent worth and value as children of God and recognize that same value and worth in others. She believes that God is much bigger than any man-made religious box and follows Jesus as one who taught us to break open the boxes where we try to keep God. Michelle believes that working for peace and justice are the vocation of every Christian and has a passion for helping people live into that vocation. 

Lisa Clark

Administrative Assistant

Office (417) 865-8711

Lisa handles the day-to-day tasks supporting Michelle and the students who come through our ministry.  She helps to create a welcoming, open environment for all students to find a home away from home.  Lisa enjoys connecting with students, watching them achieve their goals, and can't think of a better place to call home.  She began serving Ekklesia/UMHE as Administrative Assistant in 2013.

Jasmine Walker

Social and Racial Justice Peer Minister

Jasmine is a senior from St. Louis Missouri. Her major is Psychology, double minoring in General Business and Diversity Studies. After earning a Bachelor's Degree, Jasmine plans to attend graduate school to master her education in Clinical Psychology or Behavioral Psychology. Jasmine's goal in life is to be a resource to the minority community regarding mental health and disorders. A famous quote that describes her is: "I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves."

Ekklesia Student Staff


Cidney Grimes

LGBTQ+ Peer Minister

Armani Eason

Community Engagement Peer Minister


Cidney is a senior from St. Louis. Her major is health services (emphasis in administrative management) with a minor in communications. After graduation, she plans to get a masters degree in health care management and run a hospital. When asked why she chose to join Ekklesia, Cidney says "because I needed a church home that I knew would accept me for who I was, without judgement." Now she's helping other people find that, too. 

Raisa Hurtado

Worship Arts Peer Minister


Maya Speckhard

Interfaith Peer Minister

Maya is a junior Religious Studies major from Columbia, Illinois. She is a member of MSU's co-ed a cappella group, The Hibernotes, and is the Assistant Desk Worker in the Religious Studies Department Office in addition to her work with Ekklesia. Maya hopes to attend seminary and work as a pastor after graduating. You can often find her cooking, rehearsing music, or drinking coffee!

UMHE Board Members

  • Judith Rowland, Co-President, Alumni, St. Louis, MO

  • David Rauch, Co-President, Local Church, Billings, MO

  • Orion Peterson, Vice President, Alumni, St. Louis, MO

  • Liz Pace, Secretary, Alumni, St. Charles, MO

  • Tyler Hendrix, Treasurer, Alumni, Kansas City, MO

  • Samantha Nichols, Alumni, Leigh, NE

  • Tona Rowett, Alumni, Springfield, MO

  • Rev. Jenn Simmons, Local Church, Springfield, MO

  • Gary Tebbenkamp, Local Church, Springfield, MO