Raised under a big Montana sky, Pastor Jeff Gannon graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana with degrees in psychology and sociology. He then made his way to the Midwest through St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. Jeff’s service to the church is nearly lifelong; he served as a lay leader in Montana and a student pastor in southeast Kansas before serving as Associate Pastor of First UMC in McPherson, where he met his wife, Meredith. He also pastored Bethel UMC in Wichita before helping found Chapel Hill. He is passionate about counseling and providing care to individuals, couples, and families, and effectively weaves together spiritual development and tools for emotional healing within his sermons.

  • “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

“God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, might be saved.” (John 3:17)


Like most churches, we have many important roles to fill and each requires someone whom God has uniquely gifted to support that ministry area. At Chapel Hill we are fortunate to have many staff members who are willing to work 10-20 hours a week because they feel called to help us live out our mission, even though they have other jobs. We hope you reach out to these dedicated employees and get to know them.

Rev. Jennifer Herndon
Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. James Bryan Smith
Teaching Pastor

Rev. Dr. Ben Staley
Pastor of Congregational Care, Staff Chaplain

Berneice Dixon 
Preschool Director

Jeremy Fredin
Director of Audio/Visual

Laura Fuller
Nursery Director

Julie Hey
Director of Finance & Administration

Bayley King
Wedding Coordinator

Josh Melcher
Director of Praise Team

Dr. Rayvon T.J. Moore
Director of Hill Singers Choir

Kellie Ochsner
Assistant to the Associate Pastor

Betsy Poland
CPA Consultant

Rachel Reeder
Director of Children’s Discipleship

Rev. Dr. Jerry Vogt
Executive Pastor Emeritus


Neal Whitlow
Director of Adult Discipleship

Debby Wilson
Director of Kid’s Day in Christ (KDIC)


Since 1995, we’ve been a stronghold of God’s Kingdom, boldly proclaiming His grace and love…