Meet Our Church Staff
Church Staff | South Joplin Christian Church
Rev. Dr. Colleen Carroll, Senior Minister
Colleen (Troxell) Carroll is a third-generation Disciples of Christ clergy, and has pastored in Missouri since 1990. She received both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. She and her husband,Tom Hamm, enjoy camping and canoeing, fishing, and antiquing. They each have two grown children, and five grandchildren in all. As a child, Colleen lived in Japan for ten years, where she learned to enjoy both sushi and sumo (two things that often make Americans cringe!).
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Kathryn Wilson, Minister of Mission and Outreach
Kathryn Wilson joined our staff in May 2012. She is a graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary where she attended following a 25 year career as a Probation Officer. Kathryn is originally from Louisville, KY, but spent the last 30 years in Xenia, OH where her children and grandchildren still reside.
Originally called to coordinate tornado recovery efforts following the May, 2011 tornado, she now provides oversight and guidance for our congregational mission and outreach endeavors, ensuring that we maintain faithful energy and enthusiasm for mission beyond our own doorsteps.
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Sherry Elliott, Church Secretary
Sherry has served as church secretary since 2004. She has never met a stranger, which makes her presence in the office a blessing. When not tending to the secretarial needs of the congregation, she is happiest spending time with her two grand daughters.
Karen Patchin Watson & Spenser Cullumber, Music Leadership Team
We are blessed by the musical talents and worship leadership of Karen Patchin Watson and Spenser Cullumber who work together in directing our chancel choir, accompanying our congregational singing, and assisting our praise team members on Sunday mornings.
Both are professional musicians with a calling to bring out the best in our members who volunteer their own musical talents.
Karen also serves as church organist, and Spenser accompanies the praise songs on the drums.
Nursery Attendant – Nikole Bowden
Nikole joined our staff on January 8, 2017. She is a student at MSSU, pursuing a career in speech therapy.
She has experience with children’s ministry through previous congregational involvement.
Gordon States, Custodian
Gordon joined our SJCC team in 2015 as part-time custodian.
He is primarily here on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.