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J.Steven Pinnell
District Superintendent
J.Steven Pinnell

Barbara Buck
Executive Assistant
Barbara Buck

LeAnna Lewis
Administrative Assistant
LeAnna Lewis

(660) 665-8497
PO Box 776
Kirksville, Missouri 63501

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District Superintendent

J.Steven Pinnell
My great grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider in Missouri in the 1800’s. After 20 years in another denomination, I returned to my faith roots as I fell in love with John Wesley, and have served as a pastor in the Missouri United Methodist Conference for over 20 years now. My ministry settings have been mostly in small town, rural, county seat churches in North Missouri. As I have been appointed to the Mark Twain District, it is like coming home to churches and locations I have grown up with and have a deep affection for. The experience I bring to the District is that of a fellow disciple seeking ways to help churches make more disciples of Jesus Christ. I find strength and joy in worship and fellowship with other folks on the journey. Part of the work I am most excited to be doing is that of encourager for pastors and congregations. Each day holds a new opportunity to share the connective love we have in North East Missouri.

My wife Sandy and I both were raised in Brookfield, Missouri. We were childhood sweethearts and have been married 46 years. We have three grown children and nine grandchildren, mostly in Missouri. We are empty nesters with a 10 lb. cat, Punkin, and a 6 lb. dog, Charlie.

Executive Assistant

Barbara Buck
Barbara began her ministry in the Mark Twain District in 2001. She is proud to serve the people and churches of the district. Barbara is an active member of the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure and received her certification status in 2011. She and her Husband, WR (Dub) have three biological children and seven “children of the heart,” having hosted foreign exchange students from all over the world. Barbara enjoys reading, working on puzzles and traveling.

Administrative Assistant

LeAnna Lewis
LeAnna has been with the Mark Twain District since 2009 working as the Administrative Assistant. She the current President of Missouri PAUMCS. She enjoys interacting with the pastors and admins in the district as well as the admins from other local churches and the other district offices in the conference. LeAnna has a daughter who lives in the Springfield area and a son who plans to be a traveling welder when he completes high school. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, shopping and spending time with her granddaughter.