Students

We strive to make disciples of Jesus through building relationships, living out the Gospel, teaching Biblical truth, and by providing a ministry of presence for students, grades 6-12.
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Summer Staff

College-Aged Students Living Out the Gospel of the Kingdom Since 1971
Colonial Summer Staffers are college-aged students who are dedicated to the Kingdom of God and have a heart to serve within youth ministry. We hire between 15-20 people every year who minister in all four quadrants of our student-ministry dept (wornall middle and high, quivira middle and high) as well as our College ministry. They live together in the church, serve together in the ministry, and worship together in community. In the mornings they are ‘poured-into’ (through bible studies, seminars, spiritual disciplines, and devotionals) while in the afternoons they ‘pour-out’ (through incarnational ministry with teenagers).

Our Fearless Leaders

  • Adam Reck
    Adam Reck
    Director of Student Ministry - Central
Adam Reck
Director of Student Ministry - Central

Adam grew up going to church and thinking that was all that you needed to do as a follower of Christ. It wasn’t until he went to a church camp in high school that he became overwhelmed by the love and power of Christ and realized that God wants all of us, not just an hour or two a week. It was at that camp that Adam gave his life to the Lord and first heard the call to help other teens experience the love of Christ like he did.

Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from William Jewell College and recently graduated from MAP Seminary with a Master’s of Applied Theology. He has worked in student ministries in various roles and in various areas since his freshman year in college, which has helped him master the art of the all-nighter–lots of caffiene and ice water!

Adam came to Colonial after a brief foray as a bank teller while living in Scottsdale, AZ and dating his soon-to-be wife. While back in KC for a former student’s wedding, he ran into an old friend who told him about a middle school position opening at Colonial. Adam quickly called his bride to be and asked if he could move her from the continually warm and dry climate of the desert to the always changing, sometimes cold, sometimes muggy climate of the Midwest. To his surprise, she said yes! That she agreed will always be looked at by both of them as the work of the Lord.

Adam enjoys watching and playing sports of all kinds. He enjoys going to Chiefs and Royals games and always appreciates when people offer him free tickets…hint, hint. He also has a strange love for the Michigan Wolverines which keeps him out of the whole KU vs. KSU vs. MU controversy. Adam’s favorite way to spend a morning is outside on the porch with a cup of coffee and his Bible.

Favorite Fiction book: Ender’s Game
Favorite Non-fiction book: Moneyball and The Celtic Way of Evangelism
Favorite movie: Memento
Favorite Food: When you live in the mecca of smoked meats you have to say BBQ, right?
Favorite Muppet: Gonzo


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  • Alex Dressman
    Alex Dressman
    Director of Student Ministry - Wornall
Alex Dressman
Director of Student Ministry - Wornall

Growing up, Alex was filled with creative wonder and a joyous spirit. She enjoyed playing with the neighborhood kids and having her hands immersed in some art project. Needless to say, her kindergarten aspiration of being a professional figure skater did not pan out.

Alex earned a double Bachelor’s in Religion & Culture and Psychology from William Jewell College with a leadership certificate in completion of Jewell’s 3-year Pryor Leadership Program. Following graduation, Alex took a position as the High School Coordinator at Jacob’s Well Church, where she worked for a year and a half. Alex’s ministry background also includes work and volunteer experience at Kanakuk Kamps (K-2), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kansas City K-Life, and Youthfront.

Alex sensed the Lord calling her to full-time youth ministry and when this position opened up, she was excited to apply in light of what she’d heard about Colonial from numerous people in her community. In addition to overseeing 6th-12th grade programming, Alex intentionally invests in the lives of the students at the Wornall Campus. From attending sporting events to grabbing coffee with a few girls, Alex meets students in their daily lives with the hope that they will encounter Christ and experience a true relationship with God. She is passionate about mobilizing and emboldening young people to be ambassadors for Christ in their schools, among their friends, on their teams, and wherever they go.

Having played DII soccer, Alex now enjoys training female youth goalkeepers as a coach for Finesse Soccer Academy. She also keeps her hands busy with a side calligraphy/hand lettering business. Outside of work, Alex enjoys being outside, drinking coffee, playing tennis, and hanging with friends and family.

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Favorite book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Food: Cajun and Lebanese
Favorite animal(s): Dog & White Butterfly
Favorite show: So You Think You Can Dance

  • Eli Alholm
    Eli Alholm
    Guys Leader - Wornall
Eli Alholm
Guys Leader - Wornall

As a child, Eli was very imaginative and creative. Even to this day he is a child at heart. The more he experiences youth ministry, the more he realizes it is a perfect fit for him. It combines the child in him with his love for Christ and sharing His word.

Eli has a Bachelors degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas, and has served two summers as a summer staffer at Colonial.

During the summer of 2017, Eli was asked to fill in as the Wornall Guys Leader for Student Ministry at Colonial. He was an easy choice because he aleady knew all of the kids from volunteering for three years before. Eli grew to love the position, applied when the opportunity arose as the permanent Guys Leader, and landed the job!

His passions include friends, sports, and movies. He is also the Flag Guy for the Kansas City Chiefs! He has the honor of running the flag across the football field at Arrowhead after every touchdown.

Eli’s favorite movie is “Stand By Me.”

 

  • Luke Johnston
    Luke Johnston
    High School Leader - Quivira
Luke Johnston
High School Leader - Quivira

Luke grew up in the small town of Paola, Kansas as a double Pastors’ kid. He remembers being chased around coffee tables every other night during Bible studies and prayer meetings, and luckily made it out alive with a faith of his own!

Luke graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University with a Business Degree and has extensive experience in music production and administration. He runs his own media company called, “Sleeping Bear Media” when he’s not working with youth.

Luke grew up in the Presbyterian Church and more recently the EPC. In 2010 his band “Don’t Know Dorothy” led Sundays at Six. Since then Luke has had a growing relationship with Colonial.

Luke loves music, film, poetry, good food, and frisbee. When Luke was 17 he had a Youtube channel with over 5 million hits.

Favorite Book: A Long Obedience In The Same Direction – Eugene H. Peterson

Favorite Movie: Signs

Favorite Food: Sushi

  • Molly Pitkin
    Molly Pitkin
    High School Leader - Quivira
Molly Pitkin
High School Leader - Quivira

Molly was a curious, energetic, and loving child, always using her imagination. She grew up with an insatiable desire to nurture and care for others. Summers spent at Portage Lake Bible camp were also formative in heightening her awareness of God’s calling for her in everyday life.

Molly earned a degree in Christian Education and Ministry from Wheaton College. She also spent six months in Kitwe, Zambia working with a non-profit creating and implementing a teacher training curriculum using Jesus as the model teacher. The Pitkins came to Colonial when Molly was still in middle school. She found a home within the youth ministry and prayer team. As Quivira’s high school youth leader, Molly loves creating spaces where students can encounter God through teaching and community.

Exploring nature through biking and hiking is one of Molly’s favorite things. She also delights in capturing meaningful moments through photography and art projects. Molly loves finding reasons to celebrate even the littlest things in life.

Favorite Movie — Father of the Bride
Favorite Food — Chips, Guacamole, and Taquitos
Favorite Color — Purple
Favorite Baby Animal — Penguin
Favorite Smell — Spring Flowers

  • Becca Gallion
    Becca Gallion
    Middle School Leader - Quivira
Becca Gallion
Middle School Leader - Quivira

Becca grew up going to Colonial and was nicknamed the ‘I don’t know girl’ for her go with the flow (people pleasing) personality. Her dreams of becoming a professional soccer player and Broadway star were ruined upon entering middle school when she found herself as a small fish in a huge ocean of talent.

Becca majored in Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University (GO CATS!) Becca was a leader for YoungLife’s middle school ministry, WyldLife, while in college and it was there that she fell in love with students going through the awkward transition years of middle school. Becca was on Summer Staff for two summers during college. They loved her so much they brought her on full time after she graduated!

Becca has an obsession with coffee and ice cream (but not coffee flavored ice cream). Becca and her husband Matt have a wild frisbee playing border collie named Wally and are expecting their first child in October 2015.