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Leadership Council

CUMC Leadership Structure

The Leadership Council is designed to have effective and efficient decision-making in light of the larger mission of CUMC to make disciples of Jesus Christ serving Carlisle and beyond. We have 9 elected Leadership Council members who each oversee an area of ministry and mission within the church. Each area has teams that make the ministry happen that involve over 100 of our members! The lead pastor, Rev. James VanZandt, and associate pastor, Rev. Mira Hewlett, are non-voting members of the Leadership Council.

This comparison chart will help you see how our old structures within the three churches translate to how CUMC functions today. We have been blessed to decrease meetings and increase ministry through this alternative structure.

Current Leadership Council Structure Chart

The Leadership Council meets on the third Monday of every month in the Library. Any schedule changes will be announced in the Midweek Minute as they are made and posted on the kiosk in the Gathering. Executive Sessions start at 5:00pm and are followed by Open Sessions starting at approximately 5:45pm.

If you are interested in connecting with one or more of the areas listed, contact Pastor Jim or one of our Council Members.

2018 officers

Elected to two-year terms on January 15, 2018
Chair: Kerm Leitner
Vice-Chair: Ron Chipriano
Secretary: Wayne Henderson


leadership council members

Each Leadership Council member is elected to serve a three-year term. Leadership Council members work with a team (or several teams) within an area of the church. If you have a concern in any area, please contact the appropriate Leadership Council member or a pastor.

Pillar Areas

Administrative Areas

Appointed Positions

  • Legal Counsel: Bill Bunt
  • Budget Overseer: Kathy Charette
  • Recording Secretary: Marian Gibble

leadership council minutes

Minutes of the meetings will be posted below, on the kiosk in the Gathering,  and in a binder in the church office. Periodically we will remove minutes that are older than six months. If you would like a copy of older Leadership Council Minutes, please contact Wayne Henderson or Pastor Mira.

October 15, 2018 Minutes
September 18, 2018 Minutes
August 20, 2018 Minutes

July 16, 2018 Minutes
June 18, 2018 Minutes
May 21, 2018 Minutes
April 16, 2018 Minutes
February 19, 2018 Minutes

church hall meetings

Church Hall meetings provide an opportunity for Leadership Council to share updates on their work and answer questions in an informal setting.

Check back for upcoming Church Hall meeting dates.

Previous Church Hall meeting minutes: