Church Council

Church Council is the representative leadership body within our congregation that plans, coordinates, and implements our church’s official programs and earmarks the resources to do so. The Council also performs various administrative duties and ultimately envisions, plans, implements, and annually evaluates the mission and ministry of Newark United Methodist Church.

Generally, Church Council meets at our facility on the fourth Monday of every month (except in December) at 7:00 p.m.; the meetings are public and open to everyone. Required attendees are representatives of our various ministry teams, clergy, and certain staff members. Agenda items may be submitted by anyone but must received six days prior to the meeting by sending an email to the Council chair.

Chair: Darrell Sparks
Secretary: Pat Hammond

Church Council comprises representatives from the following teams/entities/areas:

  • Adult Ministries – vacant, Chair
  • Business Office – Rob Cappiello, Business Manager
  • Children and Family Ministries – Cherie Wilkins, Chair
  • Communications – Sarah Jungling, Chair
  • Congregational Care – Rich Lapointe, Chair
  • Congregation in Action – Kathy Werrell, Chair
  • Discipleship Leadership – Mark Deshon, Representative
  • Finance – Tom Dilworth, Chair
  • Lay Leadership – Lisa Gensel, Representative
  • Library – Brenda Cassel, Representative
  • Music Ministries – TBA, Staff
  • Newark Methodist Preschool – Julia Logan, Chair
  • Nominations & Leadership Development – Rev. Dr. Mary Catherine Miller, Chair
  • Outreach – Susan Sheldon and Sue Hollenbeck, Co-Chairs
  • Social Justice – Ruth Oatman, Representative
  • Staff-Parish Relations – Bud Read, Chair
  • Trustees – Pete Schmalz, President
  • United Methodist Men – Allan Loomis, Representative
  • United Methodist Women – Jane Dey, Representative
  • Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry – Rev. Ward Mesick, Campus Pastor
  • Worship – Metty Mesick, Chair
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministries – Sara Shultz, Staff