Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.  

Jason Kinder
Senior Minister
Kari Otto
Student Minister

Kari has been the Student Minister since June 2017.  Kari comes to us after spending eight years investing in ministry in Oakland. Kari has a degree from Lincoln Christian College.  Kari loves Jesus and longs to see those around her living their lives for Him. Kari loves students, and is encouraged by the ways she sees them serving the Kingdom.  In Kari’s spare time (which isn’t much) she enjoys hanging out with her 6 year old best friend, Nolan, being outside, hunting – deer, turkey, and mushrooms- fishing, running, biking, hiking trails, mowing, a good fire, spending time with those she loves, reading, having fun, sweating, kayaking, and laughing.  

Some of Kari’s favorites include: 

Drink: Water

Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 

Snack: Apples with Peanut Butter 

Fruit: Apples or Strawberries 

Color: Orange and Camo 

Restaurant: Freddy’s, Texas Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-Fil-A, and Pagliai’s.

Book of the Bible: Luke and Ephesians 

Scripture: John 3:30 

Bible Story:  David and Goliath  

Book: Anything by Bob Goff or Francis Chan

Whitney Kuhl
Communications Director
Whitney has served as Communication Director since September 2019. To this very day, she wishes Sherrie were still here. Whitney graduated from Lincoln Christian University in May 2018 with a degree in Psychology, and is currently looking into grad schools. Some of her favorites include coffee, spending time with friends and family, serving in our High School ministry, communicating all things church, and when people return text messages and emails. She also enjoys all things sports. Her favorite teams include the Fighting Illini, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and Jesus’ favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Some of Whitney’s favorites include:

Drink: Water or Sweet Tea

Candy: Gummy Bears

Snack:  String Cheese

Fruit: Strawberries or Peaches

Color: Blue

Restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings

Book of the Bible: James, Esther

Scripture: Galatians 6:9

Bible Story: Daniel in the Fiery Furnace

Book: Letters to the Church, To Kill a Mockingbird

Job Posting:
SCC Children’s Minister
Smyser Christian Church is in search of a Children’s Minister. This part-time staff position is a great opportunity to pour your heart into children and strengthen families.
Smyser Christian Church exists to make MORE and BETTER disciples in Central IL. Beginning as a part-time children’s ministry pastor, the Children’s Minister at SCC will have the opportunity to provide leadership and growth in an already vibrant volunteer-led ministry. For over 181 years, Smyser has developed a reputation for excellent youth and children’s ministry spanning 4 different counties. To continue this mission, we are looking to hire a self-motivated Christ-follower who can continue to foster relationships alongside numerical and spiritual growth with desire to become a full-time minister in this specialized area of ministry. For additional information and description about what opportunities and leadership responsibilities to expect, feel free to submit an e-mail of intent to smyser@smysercc.org. Thanks so much for your interest in making disciples in Central Illinois!