college hill leadership

The staff and leadership here at College Hill is comprised of people who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 316.683.4643

  • rev. jill sander-chali

    Senior Pastor
    I am  from a small town in the state of Missouri, and have a Bachelor of Science in Spanish from Missouri State University with a minor in religious studies and a Master's of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University with a certificate in Hispanic Studies.

    I have been in ministry since 2008 serving congregations of various sizes in Missouri and Kansas. I enjoy preaching, teaching, spiritual formation, and serving God in relationship with others through mercy and advocacy.   

    In my free time, I love to cook, travel, and read. My husband, Rev. Dr. Kalaba Chali is also an ordained United Methodist pastor and he serves as the Senior Pastor of Pleasant Valley UMC. Together we have one daughter. One of my favorite scriptures is John 10:10a where Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  It reminds me of my call as a Christian to share the abundant life of Jesus Christ with others, knowing that abundant life encompasses all of who we are mind, body, and spirit!

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  • Brian sutton

    Director Of Strategic Outreach Ministries


    Born and raised in Culver, Kansas, I grew up a country boy and have been a United Methodist my whole life.

    My job is strategic outreach ministries, say what? So the focus of my job is audio-visual enhancement, marketing and community outreach. College Hill is an amazing congregation and we want to reach as many people as we can with this message. You are loved by God just as you were created to be and God loves you just as you are. I hope you will check us out and come visit when you can. #whereloveislove   


  • jodi rice

    Director of Children's Ministries


    Since moving to Wichita back in 1991 I am proud and happy to call Wichita home. I am a Southeast Buffalo and attended WSU. I met my husband Greg while he was serving in the US Navy and was stationed in San Diego. The first few years we were married I split my time between Wichita and San Diego. Once we were permanently living in Wichita full time, we started attending church. It was while we were attending there that I discovered my LOVE of doing hands on serving and mission work. I fell in love with taking my own family on mission trips. I am very excited to start this program with families here at CHUM. I often say of everything we've ever done with our family taking the girls on work teams is easily the best thing we have done as a family. Greg and I have grown our family to include 4 daughters. The girls have a 21 year age gap from oldest to youngest. We attended CHUM for almost 2 years before I started in my position in the summer of 2017.

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  • tj blount

    Director of Youth Ministries


    Let’s start with the basics; my name is TJ Blount and I am 41 years old. My wife Danielle and I have been married for 19 years. Our two kids are Dax who is 14 and will be a freshman and Zoe who is 12 and will be starting 7th grade.  Both attend school in Haysville where we live.


    For the first 19 years of my professional life, I was a youth pastor. Youth ministry is rewarding work, but I chose to leave full time ministry in the summer of 2020 after several tough years of ministry. I am also passionate about science and I chose to make the transition to teaching and will be starting my 4th year of teaching middle school science this year in Haysville. About two years ago, we started attending CHUM about with our good friends and we all fell in love with the mission and the people.  CHUM has been a safe place for us all to grow and heal.  When the youth ministry position opened up, I felt that my experience and my passion for the vision of the church to create an inclusive environment where all students are accepted, loved, and free to ask tough questions would make me a good fit for the position. I am excited to share my gifts and abilities with the youth of this church. 


    A few extra nuggets about me; I love the Marvel movies, 3D printing, science, board games, Chipotle (every Sunday), and spending time with our friends.  

  • michelle styles

    Childcare Coordinator


    I was born and raised in Wichita, KS and became a member of CHUM at an early age. As a teenager and young adult, I worked for CHUM’s Vacation Bible School and Summer Rec. Program – those memories still hold a special place in my heart. I have always been proud to be a member of such an open –minded and welcoming church and felt it was important for my family to be a part of it as well. I have been married to my husband, Dan, since 2011 I am the mom to two boys, Jackson and Reed as well as one fur baby. I serve as an Executive Assistant in the construction industry and enjoy all the personal and professional opportunities it provides me. In my spare time I love cheering on my boys at all their sporting activities, spending time with my family and friends, traveling to new places, going to craft fairs and watching football (GO CHIEFS).  


  • rob simon

    10:15 Music Director for Contemporary Worship


    I am a learner, a teacher, a singer, a storyteller, a writer, a bit of an artist – and sometimes all of these at once!


    In addition to being Music Director for Contemporary Worship at College Hill, I am a specialist in prevention programming and restorative practices, a Wichita Griot Storyteller, a performer with band, Blue Eyed Soul, an experienced Kansas educator & trainer/ consultant, and a speaker/performer who has worked with school systems and various agencies coast to coast.


    I am the founder of POSITIVE RHYTHM PRODUCTIONS, and produce topical workshop, classroom, assembly, keynote and other creative presentations for various audiences, using persuasive speech, original songs, characterizations, essays, & poetry. I also produced a weekly commentary on Wichita's National Public Radio affiliate, KMUW FM 89.1 for over ten years, and have a collection of some of those essays coming out in 2021 as the first of two books.


  • matthew nutter

    9:00am Music Director for Traditional Worship


    Hello!  I am a Wichita native and love this city and its people!  I earned my Bachelors in Music Education from Wichita State in 2010 and have since earned my certification in Level III of Koday and a Masters in Music Education.  I have taught in USD 259 for 11 years at the Middle School level.  I sang in CHUM's Chancel choir as the Tenor soloist for several years before moving up to the director position, and I LOVE the people in our choir!  Our rehearsals are engaging and fun, and I pick music that matches the sermons while still being enjoyable to sing.  COVID has pushed us to create Virtual Choir offerings this year, and that has been a steep learning curve, but the choir has handled it with grace and enthusiasm!  Come join us!


  • debbie snell

    Office Administrator


    How many days until Christmas? Just ask me, I can usually tell you. Looking for a new four legged friend? Just ask me, I can usually help. These are just two of my many wonderful qualities.

    On a more serious note, coming to College Hill UMC as office manager in June 1994, has been a blessing. I have worked in churches my entire adult life, and have never found a more welcoming congregation. CHUM members have always impressed me with their generosity. They have always been willing to go the extra mile for those in need. I see this in action nearly every day of the week; through Prayer, Food Pantry distribution, Summer kids eating program, clothing giveaway, Saturday morning breakfast, etc… the list goes on and on. Another area that has always inspired me is the number of willing volunteers at College Hill; willing to give of their time for our church.

    I have seen CHUM go through low points, as well as high points. It has always amazed me how the congregation rallies through the good and not-so-good times, knowing that our faith and belief will see us through. I have always been impressed how College Hill is willing to step out of the comfort zone for social issues and justice; just another reason I’m proud to be a part of College Hill United Methodist Church.

    Know that you are always welcome at College Hill. Feel free to pop in for a cup of coffee and a chat.


  • patty ruzich

    Publications Coordinator


    Born and raised in Hutchinson, (Home of the Kansas State Fair, Underground Salt Mine, Kansas Cosmosphere, and The Anchor Inn), I found my way to CHUM in 1992. I grew up knowing I wanted to be around people so I had a choice of being a nurse, secretary, or teacher…back in the day our choices were limited. I chose being a teacher and for 37 years loved doing just that…teaching math and science at both the middle and high school levels. To this day, I continue to coach middle school cross country and track, work on the football chain gang, and run the clock or keep the scorebook for basketball games. I was also fortunate to travel across the United States as an aerobics trainer for a period of five years. I am proud to say I was a Hutch High Salthawk, a Hutch JUCO Blue Dragon, and a K-State Wildcat!! I received my Master’s degree from Baker University in education with a technology emphasis.

    As much as I loved teaching and working with, and around, young people, early retirement was an option for me so I took it!! Looking for something that would let me use my technology skills and my people skills, I was very fortunate to find my second career here at College Hill. Once again I jump out of bed looking forward to getting to work to see who will walk in the office and visit with me. I love life and enjoy all the new faces I meet each week and I love the family here at CHUM. Life is good!! Thank you CHUMites!