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Reverend Jo Mead

What an amazing blessing to be serving with the kingdom here in Wichita at University! This faith community is committed to making the world a better place one small action at a time. With this we are involved in many ministries of caring, sharing and hospitality in hope that our shared loved will make a difference.

We are called to live in community together with love, hope and justice for all people. Many people use the term "kin-dom" when discussing living into God's love. I like that. We are all related by a desire for wholeness in our lives and peace to be reality for all of the children in the world. Together we will make a difference in our own homes, communities and states. My husband, Steve, and I are happy to be in Wichita. It is a great community. Steve has a long history with the aviation community. Steve has a long history with the aviation community. We have grown children and are enjoying time with our grandchildren.

If you are seeking a place to call your church home, give us a try. University United Methodist Church is a safe place to ask questions and explore your place in the world. We have a great program for children and youth which meets on Wednesday evenings and on Sundays. Many small groups for adults during the week and on Sundays provide fellowship, outreach and learning together. The music ministry enhances our workshop experiences with weekly anthems and special music for holy days by the Chancel Choir.

May peace be yours,

Rev. Jo Mead


Katie Bruyere


Katie has lived in Kansas all her life and in Wichita since she was in middle school. She lives in town with her husband, Nathan, and two children who are in middle and high school. Katie loves to travel with her family, take walks at the Nature Center, craft, and visit the zoo.

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Cathy Fooshee

Cathy grew up in the Methodist Church in Milton, Kansas, where many of her family are members still. She has a degree in Administration of Justice, with a minor in Psychology and Sociology, as well as a degree in K-12 Physical Education - both degrees earned at Wichita State University. She is married to Randall Fooshee, a member of University United Methodist Church since childhood, and both of their children grew up attending here. Cathy shared her musical talents with the church family in the choir as well as special music and became a member of University United Methodist Church in January 1994. Cathy has worked with the youth for more than 20 years and became youth director in May 2012.

Youth Education Director


Shelley Oldham

Shelley has been a member of University United Methodist Church since 1996, and has been the Children's Education Director since 2012. She has worked full time for Sedgwick County Public Works since 1999.

Shelley has a 7-year old furbaby named Charlie. She enjoys crafting, swimming and reading. She is a graduate of Emporia State University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Education.

Children's Education Director


Joe Emery

Joe has been choir director at University United Methodist Church for 23 years. He is the son of a retired Methodist minister and grew up in the Methodist church. He was a double major in college at Wichita State University, majoring in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education. He was married in University United Methodist Church following his second year of college and began singing in the chancel choir at that time. Upon receiving his Bachelors Degree he began teaching band at Belle Plaine, Kansas. He earned his Masters from WSU in 1988. He taught in the Wichita Public School System for a number of years before moving to El Dorado High School and Middle School. Joe currently serves as the Director of Bands at Andover Central High School.

Joe and his beautiful wife, Ricki, have been members of University United Methodist Church since they were married here in 1979, and he has been involved in the choir as a member and the director since that time.

Director of Music Ministries

Julie Warkentin

Julie earned a Master of Music degree in organ performance from Wichita State University where she studied with Robert Town.  She did her undergraduate work at Taber College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, studying organ with Wallace Dunn.

Julie has served as organist/accompanist in a variety of denominational settings over the years, including Mennonite, Baptist, Christian and Methodist churches.  She also is an accompanist for the Maize School District, the Wichita Chamber Chorale, and is a keyboard presence in the Wichita area for soloists, honor choirs, festivals and theater productions.

Julie and her husband John have three children who share a love for music and sing together at every opportunity.



Tanya Chalfant

Tanya Chalfant has been the Nursery Coordinator since 2016 and enjoyes the kids that come into our rooms and the parents that invite us to care for their children. Tanya became a member of UUMC in December 2015 and can't say enough good things about our family here at church. She has taught Sunday school, Wednesday night with the youth and kids, participating in activities with the youth off-site in the community, and is excited to see them grow and mature into amazing people. Her time away from church is spent working with people who are homeless and living in poverty in our community, helping them to gain employment, housing and thrive. Tanya and her husband, Jeremy, have four boys who keep them young and busy!

Nursery Coordinator

Diana Kramer and Regina Rowell

Diana Kramer and Regina Rowell are the mother/daughter team who serve University UMC with their talents and abilities as janitors. They work together to keep UUMC looking great and ready for any group to utilize the facilities.