Steve Spencer is the Pastor of Augusta United Methodist Church. An ordained elder, Steve has served as Pastor at GracePoint United Methodist Church and Executive Pastor at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, both in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to these positions Steve worked in children and youth ministry beginning at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, California as coordinator for the Saturday Night Alive youth program. Steve later moved to Kansas where he served as Children and Youth Director at Church of the Cross United Methodist Church in Salina. He also served as Youth Pastor at Saint Mark United Methodist Church.
Continuing his commitment to youth, children and adults, Steve seeks to use movies, television, and other forms of contemporary media, along with traditional worship, to help people connect with the Bible and discover the relevance of God's Word in their daily lives. Steve takes an experiential approach to worship and strives to draw people in through the use of current events, popular culture and by incorporating different learning styles in his sermons. He hopes to make God's love and the Bible real and relevant to today's worshipper through relational ministry.
Steve is a native Californian, a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a degree in Communications from Saint Mary's College of California and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to his call to ministry, Steve enjoyed a career as a television reporter in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Steve is married to wife, Anna, and has a son, Sean and a daughter, Casey.
jessica bates, children & youth ministry
Jessica Bates is the Children & Youth Director at Augusta United Methodist Church. Jessica attended Southwestern College where she received her degree in Religion & Philosophy, with a minor in Youth Ministry. She felt her call into ministry young in life and has worked hard to continue to stay faithful to her call. Jessica and her husband, David, met while in college and married in 2012. They have a beautiful, spunky and sweet little daughter, Abigail. Jessica loves students and loves to see how God can use them in big ways. She works hard to challenge the students at AUMC to grow deep in their walk with God.