Pete Haayen has served in a rare way the last five years at Wesley UMC. The normal ask and responsibility for serving as a lay person leader in a United Methodist Church is three years or less. Pete has served five years as the Administrative Board Chairperson. The Chair not only guides the work of the Board, he/she is also a member of all the other leadership committees of the church.
Pete took this role seriously and has been a key contributor on all the areas of leadership in the church. At the Board level, he worked with my predecessor to update the Board’s structure and church governance, including streamlining the Board size, ensuring representatives from the all ministry and legal committees were on the Board, and the introduction of email voting on routine matters. Pete helped the Finance Team, along with Chair Vicki Ward, to transition from outdated software and accounting practices to software and standards in line with current Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP). Pete helped lead Wesley through the most successful Capital Campaign in our history; serving on the Campaign leadership team and steering committee. If that were not enough, Pete worked closely with the Trustees (facilities, grounds, and maintenance) Committee to upgrade software, complete the Wi-Fi throughout the church, installation of media in the sanctuary, and the renovation of the Fellowship Hall to facilitate contemporary worship and host various community events. Pete helped the Staff Parrish Relationship Committee (SPRC) update personnel policies, create several new positions, and worked closely with the SPRC to ensure the staff of Wesley expressed the goals of the Administrative Board.
As a church body, I can tell you Pete was instrumental in me being able to hit the ground running here at Wesley. We have accomplished far more than I could have imagined in the 2-1/2 years since I arrived and that is because God had a key agent of blessing already in place here by the name of Pete Haayen. I personally can tell you when Pete and Nancy said countless times, “Let us know if we can help in any way,” they meant it, including dropping kids off at school and doing pickups when Melissa and I needed a hand. He will not be too happy I have mentioned him this much in one sitting, but you as a Church need to catch a glimpse so you may give thanks to God for Pete and offer him and Nancy a word or two of much deserved gratitude. Pete, thank you!