Meet Our Pastor and Staff


Senior Pastor  – Ali Haynes



It is with great honor and privilege that I came to Indian Heights as your new Pastor in July, 2018. It is interesting how God works in all our lives, calling us at times we least expect it.  I strongly believe in the work that God does in each of our lives and the power of the Holy Spirit with each of us every day. I encourage you all as we embark on our journey together at Indian Heights UMC to listen to God in your lives…to listen to how God may be working within each of you to say “yes” when it feels uncomfortable, when it feels like too much change, and when you just do not understand why it is happening. We are all called to be in this community of faith together, and I am here to be your Pastor, helping to navigate it all with you. God bless you all and know that you are loved, valued and enough.




Music Director – Cheri White

Cheri has an extensive background in church music ministry. She brings much enthusiasm and passion, encouraging musicians of all ages and skill levels to participate. Indian Heights UMC is blessed to have Cheri!!


Children and Families Ministry Coordinator – Julie Gibson

Julie is passionate about working with children, youth and their families, helping to grow their faith in Christ through play, study, hands-on opportunities, and more. She grew up in Olathe, and recently moved back from living in Texas for 22 years. Julie is excited to combine her love of children and sharing the love of Jesus as our Children and Families Ministry Coordinator.

Worship Leader – Elizabeth Lipford

Elizabeth is an accomplished vocalist and actress, and has performed in numerous school musicals and Theater in the Park productions. She leads our congregation in song during Sunday worship services.

Administrative Assistant – Suzette Mack

Suzette has served in an administrative capacity at churches for over ten years. She brings with her a wealth of creativity and compassion. Prior to working at a church, Suzette was an occupational therapist. She is a Stephen Minister and working on her master’s degree. She is also a fiber artist and enjoys knitting prayer shawls, and helps out with the family business, “France Family Homes”. When not in Kansas, she is most likely in Colorado or New Mexico, finding God and peace in the mountains and with family.



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My name is Ali, and this is me. I am who I am and believe that God put me on this world to spread the Good News of Christ to all of God’s people. To let them know they are valued, they are worthy, and they are deserving of belonging. Our world is broken and my own story is one of abundance, belovedness, family, heartbreak, hope. If you like what you read…share it…if you don’t, that’s ok – we can still be friends. God bless…and always know YOU are loved, YOU are ENOUGH, and YOU BELONG.  ~ Pastor Ali

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