Our Staff

Dave Leckrone

Senior Pastor

Pastor Dave Leckrone, grew up on a beef cattle farm in Perry County. He attended The Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. A highlight of his time at OSU was the four years he spent in the Ohio State marching band, which traveled to two Fiesta Bowls, one Liberty Bowl and one Holiday bowl.

Pastor Dave attended the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1987. His first church assignment was Burlington UMC just across the river from Huntington, West Virginia. He served there from 1987 to 1991 as pastor. From there he moved to Portsmouth Wesley UMC in 1991 and remained until 1994. The next stop on his pastoral journey was Dresden UMC, Longaberger basket country from 1994 to 2000.

Dresden turned out to be a great assignment in many ways. While there he married Jill Bennett, who is a registered nurse, and the couple had two children - Ben and Kyra.

The next move was to Columbus to serve at Asbury South UMC which was a ten-year assignment from 2000 to 2010. Most recently Pastor Dave moved to Troy First UMC where he served until he became our pastor on June 30th 2019.

Jill works in the main recovery room at Ohio State University Hospital. Pastor Dave currently serves on the conference Board of Ministry. He enjoys traveling with the family, history, and being outdoors.
Office Phone: (380) 206-5856

Seth Evans

Associate Pastor

Seth Evans is a London native and a graduate of Madison Plains. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a BA in Psychology. Later he graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where he received a Master of Divinity, specializing in Ecology and Social Change. Seth led the youth group of Powell UMC from 2010-2015. For the past three years he has served as the Online Campus Pastor for Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City. Seth lives in Springfield with his wife Elizabeth and twin 6-year-old daughters Charlotte and Olivia. Seth has a passion for leading others into a deeper relationship with Christ, for building relationships and strengthening families, and an innovative approach to helping others discover the love of our Creator. 
Office Phone: (380) 206-5855

Gail Baker

Executive Assistant

Gail was born in Cincinnati and was baptized and confirmed at Wilke Memorial Methodist Church. That is also where she married Randy Baker in 1970 – the final wedding performed by the pastor in the old chapel.

Gail and Randy relocated to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan where they lived for 5 years and where their son, Christopher, was born. Randy was active duty Air Force, and Gail worked first in Special Services, then as military club manager.

Upon their return from Japan in 1976, Randy was stationed at Rickenbacker AFB, and Gail was employed first as office manager then as manager of the Consolidated Open Mess (NCO and Officer’s clubs combined). They resided on the base until April 1,1978, when they moved to London.

In 1982 Gail accepted a position as Food & Beverage Manager at Fawcett Center at OSU. In 1984, she accepted a position as Director of Sales/Event Planner at Villa Milano where she was elected first to the Board of Trustees and then as president of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association.

In 1996 Gail became the Executive Director of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association, and in 2002 after attending for several years, she and Randy became members of our church.

Her beloved Randy died from a brain tumor caused by melanoma – Gail is quick to ask family and friends to pay attention to their skin by having regular skin checks and by avoiding sunburns.

Gail always felt she would end up in service to the church in some capacity. For years she and Randy thought that would mean missions. In October, 2012, SPRC offered Gail the position of Executive Assistant at our church, which she gladly accepted.
Office Phone: (380) 206-5857

Tara Shoemaker

Financial Secretary

A life long resident of London, Ohio surrounded by family and friends. She is currently employed by Kuhn Accounting of Galloway and the First United Methodist Church of London. 

Jeff McConnaughey

Iterim Organist/Choir Director

Jefferson McConnaughey, a native of Virginia, has been playing the organ in churches for the past 54 years.  He began study in high school with Dr. Paul Hesselink at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia.  He was graduated cum laude from Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina in 1974 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, majoring in organ.  While at Mars Hill, Mr. McConnaughey studied organ with Donna N. Robertson and Dr.  Marilyn Keiser.  He also studied harpsichord with Eve Lynne Joan Reeve, founder of the annual Music in the Mountains chamber music festival centered in Burnsville, North Carolina.  After graduation, McConnaughey continued organ study privately with the late Dr. Arthur Poister during Poister’s last years in Raleigh, North Carolina.  McConnaughey served as an Assistant Organist and Choirmaster for Evensong at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia for 15 years and was organist for Northside Drive Baptist Church retiring and moving to Columbus, Ohio with his wife Kathryn, to be near their daughter and son-in-law.  McConnaughey is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Law and is licensed in Georgia and North Carolina, having been admitted to the bar in 1978.  He practiced law until his retirement in 2018.

Jamie Jones Rutherford

Custodian

Jamie Jones Rutherford is originally from Unionville Center, Ohio. She moved to London in 1995 with her two children, daughter Sabrina and son Skyler, both of whom are grown and on their own. Jamie’s custodial experience includes working for the City of London, London City Schools, private residences and currently the Madison County courthouse (she will continue there, in addition to working at the church). Jamie, who is single, enjoys her furry companions, a Yorkie, a Chihuahua, and most recently a rescued Dachshund.