Leadership & Ministry Team

James Darby, Director of Youth Ministry

James comes from Jackson, MI and studied Pastoral Ministry at Bethel University in Mishawaka, IN completing his M.A. in Ministry there. While studying, James worked at a variety churches, ministering to folks of all ages. He was also part of a college leadership program, which allowed him to travel to different Christian summer camps and minister to students throughout the Midwest. Once he graduated from college, James worked as a personal banker for a few years before returning to vocational ministry. James enjoys telling and listening to stories and jokes, reading about important people and their lives, exercising, and cooking meals while creating his own recipe. He is also passionate about the Bible and desires to share this passion with anyone who cares to listen.


Cell Phone: 517-817-8311
Emily Haney has attended AUMC for over eight years. She and her husband, Jeff, are celebrating 18 years of marriage and they have three beautiful children, Jenna, Mattie, and Cort. Emily grew up attending a Quaker meeting. She has always known Jesus but became closer to Him after attending summer church camp, and she remembers turning her heart over to Him at camp as a 5th grade student. Emily said there are so many wonderful people who helped influence her faith and she remembers being part of the youth council for all of Indiana in the Western Yearly Meeting. She was able to also attend weekend camps and gatherings with the Quakers which also impacted her faith journey. Emily has been volunteering in Children’s and Youth Ministries ever since coming to AUMC!