now worshipping God together
at 10 AM on Sunday mornings


From our beginnings in 1886, to our 

current vitality, Bois D'Arc UMC has always been a forward-looking and lively congregation. We believe ALL people are God's children, and we are enlivened by the opportunity to help people see just how much God loves us all.

Through this webiste, you can hear from some of our members, check out our ministries and activities, and even read some sermons. We invite you to visit to get to know what BDUMC is like. It’s easier to experience than to explain. So take a Sunday morning drive down I-44 or Hwy 266 and come experience a little church with a great big heart.


Meet Our New Pastor

Greetings to the Saints at Bois D’Arc United Methodist Church,

My name is Susan Schmalzbauer and I am excited to begin serving as your pastor.

Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed getting to know Pastor Kim Polchow and have heard of her great love for you from many lay leaders. I hope to build on the foundation of kindness and hospitality Pastor Kim has embodied during her 14.5 years in Bois D’Arc.

I am a native of Newton, Kansas, where I spent my formative years. I was raised in the Mennonite Brethren Church but now am a committed Wesleyan in the United Methodist Church. I live in Nixa, MO with my husband, John, and three boys, John Henry (24), Max (18), and Marty (12). We moved here from Worcester, MA in 2004 when John took a position to teach in the Religious Studies Department at Missouri State University.

For the past sixteen years, we have been members of Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield, where I taught Sunday School and served on the church council. Since 2016, I have worked for Missouri Faith Voices, a non-profit organization concerned about economic dignity and racial equity.

I have heard God’s call on my life through my church and in the community. I look forward to living out this call as your pastor.

This is my first appointment. I am a student preacher.

I am completing my first year as a distance learner at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I love the classes and am excited to share what I’m learning with you.

As your pastor, I will seek to listen, learn, and love you, the people of Bois D’Arc United Methodist Church.

–Pastor Susan 


“Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.”

John Wesley
founder of the Methodist movement


Communications Director

UMW Treasurer


PO Box 1802 Bois D'Arc, MO 65612


Pastor Susan: 417-576-3407