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 be received six days prior to the meeting by sending an email to the Council chair and/or Secretary.

Chair: Darrell Sparks
Secretary: Amy Gier Baldwin

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 – vacant, Chair
  • Congregation in Action – Kathy Werrell, Chair
  • Discipleship Leadership – Catherine Rounsley-Maxwell, Representative
  • Finance – Tom Dilworth, Chair
  • Lay Leadership – Will Logan, Representative
  • Library – Brenda Cassel, Representative
  • Music Ministries – Rob Kennan, 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 – Lisa Gensel, Representative
  • Staff-Parish Relations – Diane Ferry, Chair
  • Team Vision Forward  Bruce Yost, Representative
  • 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 – Rev. Metty Mesick, Chair
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministries – Sara Paris, Staff