Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman
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.
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.
Racial Justice Organizer
Ekklesia Student Staff
Social Justice Peer Minister
LGBTQ+ Peer Minister
Alexis is 20 years old and a native of Saint Louis. She is currently studying Health Exercise Movement Science. Alexis is an aspiring Occupational Therapist whose goal is to make a positive impact on as many people as she can. "Every one needs that support and motivation and I want to be that for people who don't have it."
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.
Community Engagement Peer Minister
Interfaith Peer Minister
Maya is a sophomore 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!
Katherine is the Interfaith peer minister and a Senior majoring in Religious Studies. She has experience at historic sites, working at MSU's student food pantry and trying all sorts of things that she never expected. She resonates with Ekklesia's sense of inclusive community and message of social justice. Her goal is to help her community to become a better place, one step at a time.
Jasmine is a junior 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."
UMHE Board Members
Rev. Jenn Simmons, Co-President, Local Church, Springfield, MO
Judith Rowland, Co-President, Alumni, St. Louis, MO
David Rauch, Vice President, Local Church, Billings, MO
Liz Pace, Secretary, Alumni, Springfield, MO
Tyler Hendrix, Treasurer, Alumni, Kansas City, MO
Rev. Kate Hogue, Alumni, Broken Arrow, OK
Tona Rowett, Alumni, Springfield, MO
Orion Peterson, Alumni, St. Louis, MO
Gary Tebbenkamp, Local Church, Springfield, MO