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Meet our Staff...




JC Harp 

Lead Pastor
Email:  Rev Dr JC Harp


Pastor Harp has been married to his wife, June, for 36 years.  He enjoys wood carving, magic, reading, golf and bicycling.   In addition to being a 35 year member of  the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Park University (2005 to 2009) and taught a Course of Study at St. Paul School of Theology (2015 and 2016). 

Tresa Malam

Office Manager
Email: Tresa Malam


Tresa began her journey with IFUMC in March of 2018.  She comes to IFUMC with a background in book-keeping and secretarial experience.  She's been married to her husband, Dave, for 29 years and they have two children, Alex, 27, and Savanah, 23.    Tresa enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and nature. She is excited to be working at Independence First.

Ross Fulton

Visitation Minister


Ross is a retired United Methodist Pastor.  His wife is Melinda they have 4 daughters and 2 grandchildren.  He and Melinda take care of the grandchildren often.  Ross has served at several churches Mound City/Fortescue/Shilow, Oakley/Epworth/Roanoke/Windsor/Branson/Harper Chapel/Chillicothe/Maryville/Branson/Archie.

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Chris Nunn

Pianist for Church and Choir Leader


Chris joined IFUMC Janurary, 2023.  He is an accomplished composer, arranger, and pianist with 25 years of experience in playing multiple styles of music.  He enjoys writing his own compositions and has composed several hundred works for the piano.  His first CD Album entitled, "Serenity" was released worldwide in 2009 and is currently available for sale on all music platforms.

Gino Bueno

Worship Leader

E-mail:  Gino Bueno 

​Instagram: @gino_bueno

Joining the staff in the winter of 2016, Gino jumped right into the thick of things leading worship in both Traditional and Contemporary services. Having been involved with music his whole life and growing into a strong spiritual life, combining the two was a natural move for him. With his wife, Ashley, by his side and his son, Gino, in the nursery, he is excited to be a part of growing the Kingdom in Independence.


Favorite Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:58



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