About Our Staff

Rev. Young Je Kim

Pastor | pastorkim@desotoumc.org

Hello!  I originally came from South Korea and served churches in South Korea, New Jersey, Nebraska and Virginia before I came to De Soto.  Now, I am so happy to be called as a Kansan! 

In ministry, I am passionate about inspirational worship, healthy families in faith, hospitality for those beginning their new faith journey, growth of next generations, care of former generations, and listening to people to learn about them. 

God has led me to learn and grow at Hyupsung University, South Korea for my Bachelor of Theology, Methodist Theological Seminary, South Korea for Master of Theology, Drew Theological Seminary, NJ for my Master of Divinity and currently Daybreak University, CA in a Marriage and Family Therapist course.

I am blessed to be called a husband and a dad.  My wife and I have been married since 2006 and have two daughters.  When I am not in the role as a pastor, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, walking, playing board games and watching movies together.

Sabrina Wellman

COORDINATOR OF MINISTRIES | youthfamily@desotoumc.org

Hello Friends – I am the Children, Youth, & Family Ministry Coordinator here at De Soto UMC.  I have served here since 2013.  I know, as I, that you will be inspired by the amazing support this faith community offers students as they grow in their faith from birth through adolescence. It is my deepest desire that everyone know the unfailing love of Jesus and to share that love with others.  We learn and experience this love through regular gatherings, special events and outreach activities.  I hope you’ll join us soon. I am a wife and mom of two.  I love sharing a good meal and conversation with my family around the table.  In addition to my 30+ hours of post-graduate course work from Saint Paul School of Theology, I have completed Youth Ministry Institute Midwest’s Youth Minister Training program, and I have a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arkansas.  GO HOGS!!!


Linda Patton

CHURCH SECRETARY/TREASURER | umcoffice@desotoumc.org

I grew up in the Kansas City area and always called it home, although I also had lived in Phoenix AZ, Toledo OH, and Durham NC before graduating from SM East in 1966. I lived in the Las Vegas NV/Kingman AZ area for thirty years and worshiped at two UMC churches after the death of my husband in 1997.  I came to believe in Jesus the Christ in the middle of my life and it has made all the difference.  In 2009, I left Las Vegas and moved to Bethany OK where a daughter and granddaughter lived, and I worked at a UMC church for two years. My mother and I moved here when I started work at DUMC in July 2011 and continue live together in De Soto.

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