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.
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Lisa has been serving Ekklesia since 2013. She handles tasks supporting Michelle and the students who come through our ministry. Lisa enjoys connecting with students, partnering with them as we commit to justice and equity for all, and celebrating the students as they achieve their goals.
Ekklesia Student Staff
Veronica is a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Diversity Studies. When she’s not working she likes to play with her cat, Hannah Banana, and hang out with her friends. In the future, she hopes to get a master’s degree in social work which she will use to provide counseling services to minority groups.
Access & Equity Peer Minister
Elliot is a junior, studying Socio-Political Communication and minoring in Disability Studies. They plan to get a master's degree and become a librarian, while continuing to write and do community activism. They currently work in the Multicultural Resource Center at MSU, serve on the LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Advisory Board, and are the president of Bears Better Together. They hope to continue fighting to make the world universally accessible to those who are often excluded and silenced.
Spencer is a senior Film Production student at MSU. He is the creator and director of MSU's Queer Film Club, and one of the board members who restarted MSU's Melaqueer. He organizes the semi-annual TDOV and TDOR art shows for local queer artists and has a passion for queer art and culture. His goal as LGBTQ+ Peer Minister is to provide a safe space for queer students to thrive and find a religious community that will support and fight for them.
Max is a freshman majoring in Communications and minoring in Diversity Studies and hopes to get a Library Science degree. They are working to develop their activism skills. Max loves to do arts and crafts, painting being their favorite. He hopes to accomplish this year making people of different faiths feel welcomed and appreciated in Ekklesia and the Ekklesia community, where there is space to talk about religious and spiritual differences and have them celebrated.
Worship Arts Peer Minister
Jentri is a junior Digital TV & Film Production major who enjoys painting, baking, and filmmaking during downtime. This student enjoys working with others to make campus a little more inclusive each day. Long-time goals include becoming a cinematographer with an independent film company, and then using that platform to celebrate intersectional identities and address social justice issues.
UMHE Board Members
Orion Peterson, Co-President, Alumni, St. Louis, MO
Tona Rowett, Co-President, Alumni, Moyock, NC
Samantha Nichols, Vice-President, Leigh, NE
Liz Pace, Secretary, Alumni, St. Charles, MO
Tyler Hendrix, Treasurer, Aurora CO
David Rauch, Local Church, Billings, MO
Rev. Jenn Simmons, Local Church, Springfield, MO
Gary Tebbenkamp, Local Church, Springfield, MO