- Overland Park Campus
- South KC Campus
Gayle was raised in church and was even the leader of her youth group, but it wasn’t until her junior year of high school that she developed a relationship with her Lord. It happened when a friend came home from college and shared his ‘new’ experience with Jesus with her that things began to change. She attended a Campus Crusade Expo at the Cotton Bowl and was immersed in how to share the gospel. After that, everything was different! She helped start a Christian coffeehouse in her town and became a part of a singing group that travelled the area. Then, to feed her growing hunger for the Word, Gayle attended a Bible college and that’s where she met her husband, Jack.
Gayle went through nursing school and became a pastor’s wife, and the work she feels most comfortable doing is right here at Colonial. Totally enjoying being a behind-the-scenes type of person, Gayle’s husband saw the ad in the paper for Colonial and she won the position. She has done a variety of jobs here at Colonial, and is currently in charge of receiving contributions, stocks, maintaining pledges and attendance records, overseeing membership records, memorials, financial and record data entry, and a miscellaneous of other duties.
But what really gives Gayle the most enjoyment in life is to be with her family to share life and to do the things the Lord has prepared for her to do. Of course, having three children whom love the Lord and are serving Him is her greatest joy.
Favorite activities: SPORTS–following the Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Cornhuskers, college football and basketball. She enjoys nature, reading, thrift stores, eating out, and the occasional movie.
Favorite food: Mixing it up from southern cooking, to Italian, to Mexican, to Chinese, to steak, pizza, salad bars and back again.
Paulo is originally from the Cape Verde Islands (off the coast of west Africa). He came to the US when he was nine. Paulo has bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science and worked in publishing. He has served as a worship pastor for 29 years before coming to Colonial. Paulo discovered Colonial after his previous church made changes to their staffing. He and his family attended before the position of music minister opened at Overland Park. Paulo has a passion for music and is a published photographer. He also likes flashlights, technology, and aviation. He is a movie buff, loves hot sauce, and likes to cook for his family. Paulo is married to Nila and they have two girls: Haylee and Jenae.
As a child, Heather desired to be a Tornado Chaser. That dream is still alive as she continues to live in the Midwest! Heather has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in organizational leadership. She has worked both in the corporate and not for profit worlds and has found she loves working for a church. Heather was entering a new chapter in her life and returning to a full time position. The people are what drew her to Colonial and confirmed that this was her next home. Heather is married and has a son. Her free time is spent with family eating pizza and chocolate!
Ken grew up a Kansas City native in a wonderful family. With aspirations to be a football star, he turned down a small school scholarship, rightly realizing there wasn’t much of a future for a 155 pound center/linebacker. But he did enjoy learning, so he headed to college for a degree in psychology with minors in business & religion. While there, he discovered he enjoyed starting ministries and programs that helped improve people’s lives and joy.
Ken completed his undergraduate at TCU ( Go Frogs!) and received his MBA from Rockhurst. The early career years included installing safety devices on oil platforms, running a business, and serving as the first full-time Colonial administrator. Subsequently, he spent 26 years with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ken enjoys hiking in the mountains and biking on flat ground. He also enjoys good books, sports, great movies (especially westerns and history), travel and theater. Married to the beautiful girl with a heart committed to the Lord (which he met on a cruise), he has a son and daughter he is very proud of, as well as one grandchild.
Dave oversees the facilities operations for both Colonial campuses. David grew up with a love for nature and fishing. He pursued nature (landscaping) as a young man, but discovered throughout his life the desire to be a fisher of men.
Dave has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture with a minor in nursery management. He owned and operated a landscaping business for ten years before changing careers to be a facilities manager at a church for 15 years before coming to Colonial.
David received an email from a friend and Colonial member about the open position of Administrative Services Director. He immediately felt that this was the next step in God’s plan for him. A meaningful part of his position is working with and becoming friends with many of Colonial’s members and volunteers.
Although Dave is an avid fisherman, he prefers a grilled steak or a chicken meal. David is married to Cheryl and they have two college-age children: Lauren and Dawson. David likes sci-fi and action movies, dark chocolate and spending time with friends and family.
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 South KC 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.
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
Greg aspired to be a successful accountant which led him to get a degree in Accounting, months after graduation he realized God was calling him to count souls not beans.
Greg has a Bachelor degree in Accounting, a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Baptist Bible College. He also has over 20 years of ministry experience.
Greg realized his season was ending at his previous church, and was led to google church jobs in Kansas City for which Colonial’s South KC Campus Pastor position popped up and he inquired and the rest is history.
Greg is a Mexican food connoisseur, and likes his salsa so hot it makes him uncomfortable. If there is an off-day or simply a few minutes in between meetings, don’t be surprised to see him standing by a lake with a fishing pole in the water.
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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.
As a child, Kristel was so shy that she couldn’t even order at McDonald’s. Instead, she would have to lean over to her brother and tell him what to order for her. Nowadays, folks don’t know where all that shyness went…she can strike up conversations with random people in stores.
Graduating from Kansas State with a degree in Interior Design, Kristel immediately went to work for a commercial design firm as a Project Manager. After a number of years, she realized that she liked people more than drafting, and took a part-time job in retail just for extra Christmas money. That part-time job evolved into 12 years in retail management. During that time, she earned her Master’s degree in Management from Baker University.
She was a stay-at-home wife for six months before she decided that she wanted to return to work. She prayerfully searched for a position that would give her the work/life balance that is so very important. She’s very happy to now be a part of the family at Colonial as the Human Resources Director.
Her new favorite thing is hugging and kissing her first grandson! She and her husband have three (virtually grown) children. Two are finishing their bachelor degrees next year and their oldest is excelling in his career as a personal trainer. Her husband is a Sergeant on the KCMO Police Department. She enjoys antiquing, photography, travel, and spending time with friends and family.
Favorite book: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Women’s Soul
Favorite movie: The Color Purple
Favorite food: whatever is on the plate 🙂
As a firstborn, Michele knew she needed to find a career that would combine her love of learning with her desire to lead and take care of others. Teaching was the obvious choice! Michele obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. She has been blessed to teach in Missouri, Texas, Washington, and Colorado before moving to Kansas.
When several past teachers contacted Michele about the Director’s opening at Colonial, she was thrilled to find it was a door that God had opened to her. Being able to love on the little ones while encouraging their parents is Michele’s dream job.
Michele loves to cook and care for her husband, Dwight, and their 4 kids and 7 grandchildren. Michele and her husband also enjoy going to movies and traveling together. They recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Michele’s favorite scripture is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
In kindergarten, Kim was the narrator of the class graduation play, “The Little Red Hen.” At one point in the play, she had to say “little red wheelbarrow” several times in quick succession – a feat that is still difficult for her today.
Kim utilized her degree in Computer Science from 1985-2008 working for various corporations. Kim accepted Christ in 1987 and knew early on that God’s call on her life was to help people who struggled receiving His love and forgiveness due to past trauma or present circumstances. She led Christian support groups for many years, started a women’s ministry, and wrote a workbook for women who desire a stronger relationship with God and others. Kim joined Colonial February of 2013 as the Director of Discipleship. Her passion is to help people receive the fullness of God’s love, grace and forgiveness. She is especially passionate about overseeing the Hope & Healing area of adult ministries.
Kim grew up in Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. She loves grits and boiled okra, as all true southerners do. Though she loves fine dining, she is just as happy when she gets to eat at Cracker Barrel. You can find her there often partaking of sweet tea, chicken and dumplings, turnips, fried okra and a good book.
Kim collects books on the Holy Spirit and the Trinity – so shoot her an email if you have any good books in that genre.
Pastor Bob grew up in St. Louis with a love for sports, particularly baseball and wrestling. Bob’s life greatly changed as a neighbor prayed him into the Kingdom while at Young Life camp. In college, he studied education, but his real interest was growing in Christ and the Word. He credits Richard Beach for leading him along this path.
Bob shared his faith with his family and neighborhood kids. After starting a small group and a Young Life Club, Bob became an Elder at Colonial, and soon after, a staff member in 1971. He led what was then the Junior High ministry, taking them on retreats and mission trips to Mexico. Within three years, he was in charge of the Youth Staff, a group of five leaders who are still active in ministry today. Bob began his seminary studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and after 14 years and constant help from his brilliant wife Gwen, Bob finished his Master’s of Divinity degree.
After learning Colonial was purchasing land in south Johnson County, Bob and his family moved closer to the new church property. He led the group that met for five years at St. Aquinas School and built up the ministry within that community, ultimately becoming the site pastor of the new location, Colonial’s Overland Park Campus. He is now over groups, and is currently in the role of Interim Campus Pastor.
Bob’s wife, Gwen, has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 31 years. His daughter Margi has a Master’s degree in Foreign Service and lives in the DC area. His son, Trey, works with photography and vehicle signage.
Bob’s great enjoyments are a good steak, war movies of all kinds, Broadway musicals, racquetball, vacationing in Cancun, reading God’s Word, and sharing Christ with a stranger in a random conversation. His most favorite pastime is hanging out with Gwen and taking care of the fish in his beautiful coy pond. Bob cries at commercials, good deeds done by others, thoughts of his children in days gone by, and any time he thinks hard about Jesus.
Favorite Books: historical books, particularly about the Presidents
Favorite Movie: old movies—anything with Errol Flynn
From the hayfields of north Missouri to the boat docks of Lake of the Ozarks, Randall is a true son of the Midwest–having lived in 6 different cities throughout the region.
Known for his maniacal focus on client management, Randall’s career in the communications industry provided opportunities to excel at Sprint, DST, Hallmark, and VeriSign.
In his search to know more about Jesus, he was lead to Colonial. While already a Christian, it was at Colonial that he began to understand the Living Lord. As he began to grow in his faith walk, Randall realized a deep desire to help others increase their sphere of influence for the kingdom of Christ. After serving in many different capacities at Colonial, including Bible Study leader, Sunday School leader, Deacon Board Chair, and three terms as Ruling Elder, Randall was called to serve as Colonial’s Director of IMPACT Ministries. Ministry teams under Randall’s direction include Local Missions, Community Development, International Missions, Orphan Care, Church Planting, Foster & Adopt, and Disaster Response ministries.
Randall holds a BS degree in Business Management and a BA degree in Music Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has a great love of history, music, theater, travel, snow skiing, and ROYALS BASEBALL! Dining out with friends is a favorite–so give him a call if you would like a dinner date! He also loves to spend time spoiling his 6 nieces and 7 nephews (when he can get away with it!).
As a young child, Tami dreamed of being a firefighter just like her dad. However, when she realized the uniform did not come in pink, she decided she needed a new career choice, though she still finds herself putting out plenty of fires at home and at work!
Tami has an undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She spent ten years working with very young children with speech and language delays and helping their parents understand what needed to be done in the home to help their children develop.
Tami and her family have attended Colonial for many years, but in 2011 Tami felt God calling her to seminary. With the support of the church, she started seminary in 2012 and quickly became passionate about applying all she was learning. Tami is part of the Groups team, helping members of the church connect and grow with each other, and encouraging them to reach out in their spheres of influence to help others discover who God is.
Tami spends most of her time supporting her kids in what they love to do. In any given week, you can find her at a barn, a sporting field or court, a choir concert or a musical. She loves dogs–the bigger the better. She is also mommy to a 110 pound Newdle (Newfoundland/Poodle) puppy named Murphy.
Hannah has been known for her sincere desire, at a young age, to live out the meaning of her name “being full of grace and prayer.” Childhood highlights include: humid summers serving on Kanakuk Kamp staff, and investing in a year of Bible School through Torchbearer Bible Schools International (Bodenseehof and Capernwray Hall).
Hannah is a licensed Social Worker. Before her time at Colonial Presbyterian as Foster Adopt Coordinator, her experience included: International Orphan Care (Ukraine, Moldova, Romania); Foster Care Case Management at KVC Behavioral Health Care; and working at Children’s Mercy Hospital on the PICU floor serving as a family resource support worker. Hannah is also a certified TIPS-MAPP instructor.
Hannah loves working at Colonial Presbyterian. Her favorite activities include teaching TIPS-MAPP (the required course to become a foster home in the State of Kansas), leading our monthly Foster Mom’s and Dad’s support groups, and coordinating dozens of volunteers to serve at Respite Night (Foster Adopt Parents Night Out). She also treasures the chance to come alongside the many families who serve as licensed foster homes – to provide encouragement and support to their critical role of caring for children in foster care.
Hannah loves children, which is why she has four of her own. When she is not refereeing trampoline turns, supervising craft paint projects, or “refining the people skills” of her own little people, she can be found trying to desperately cultivate a green thumb in her flower garden.
Some of Hannah’s favorite books focus on compassion to those living in poverty, as well as support for individuals involved in Foster Care & Adoption: Can You Drink the Cup, Henri Nouwen; Tatoo’s On the Heart, Gregory Boyle; The Family Nobody Wanted, Helen Doss; Wounded Children, Healing Homes, Jayne Schooler; The Whole Brain Child, Daniel Seigel.
Jeff was born and raised in Shawnee, KS with a banjo in one hand and an opera score in the other. His extreme eclectic tastes in music led him straight down the path of performance throughout his teenage years.
Jeff did his undergraduate studies in choral music and vocal performance at Kansas University and the UMKC Conservatory. He received his degree in Music Education from the Conservatory in 1987. Jeff has also been involved in the local KC music and theatre scene as a performer, arranger and music director for the last 25 years working in venues such as the KC Lyric Opera, Quality Hill Playhouse, Theatre in the Park and the New Theatre Restaurant.
Jeff began his ministry at Colonial in 1990 under former head Pastor Ted Nissen, and attributes his heart for ministry to Ted’s guidance and leadership. Jeff serves as the Director of Worship and Arts at the South KC Campus, where he leads worship and oversees music and arts programming for all ages and abilities.
Jeff is the lucky 24-year husband of his wife Lee Ann as well as the proud-but-weary father of his three boys Chad, Casey and Connor. Jeff says, “Thanks for always being there, gang!”
Glenn was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri and graduated from St. Charles West High School, the same school that KC Wolf, Dan Meers, graduated from. Although Glenn did not climb as high in the ranks of the mascot world as Dan, he was, however, the school mascot for one football season in college.
Glenn and his wife Michele are both graduates of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Following graduation at SBU, Glenn attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas prior to accepting his first call to Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and Woodland Baptist Church.
Glenn was called in to full time Christian service and then licensed to the ministry in 1986 by First Baptist Church, West Monroe, Louisiana. Glenn came to Colonial in 2002, just three Sundays prior to the opening of the Overland Park Campus. He had served at First Presbyterian Church of Olathe for 9.5 years prior to that. He is passionate about loving, leading, encouraging and serving others in the name of Jesus.
Glenn enjoys playing tennis, antiquing, musical theater and going to the movies…and hanging out with kids of all ages, planting seeds of hope and sharing the love of Christ with them. He also enjoys singing choral music, as does his daughter Michaela, and being the President of the Olathe South Band Boosters where his son Grant plays the alto saxophone as well as the flute and clarinet.
Favorites: Steak and Mexican food. Ice cream–a tie between cherries, pecans & cream, German chocolate and burgundy cherry.
Mark grew up attending Colonial and he met his wife, Emily, in the youth group. Mark and Emily were married here in December of 2005 and they now have three sons, which has led to plenty of sports, wrestling and broken lamps. They also have an 11 pound dog named Kizzy, who tries her best to avoid getting trampled.
Mark graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in 2006 and he went on to complete a Master’s of Divinity along with a Certificate in Collaborative Urban Ministry and Community Development from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He also completed coursework at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary before becoming ordained and installed as an Assistant Pastor of Community Transformation at Colonial in January of 2018. Among other things, Mark leads and mobilizes people inside and outside of the church to engage in community impact initiatives including Center Impact, Lead to Read, Holmes Gardens, and school partnerships. Mark has a heart for intergenerational discipleship, racial healing, and community development. He longs for our neighbors to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior, and for the local church to participate in God’s redemptive work in our city.
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 Overland Park’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
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
Tweets by Reckstarr
Ask Georgianne where she grew up and you will get a long response. Her father was in the Air Force and she grew up on three different continents! Home wasn’t about a place but instead about the people that surrounded her.
A speech pathologist by training, Georgianne worked in the public schools for six years. Four years and four kids later, she was fully ensconced in the life of a homemaker. Surviving that honed many skills that serve her well in her position at Colonial. Georgianne came to Colonial fresh out of college and never left. She met her husband here and with her children, there are few areas of ministry that they haven’t experienced! Now she tries to help people discover their niches in the Colonial community.
Georgianne and her husband, Alvin, have four children: Christian, Jonny, Timmy, and Riley. Her hobbies include eating espinaca dip, chips, and salsa with friends at a good Mexican restaurant and talking back to the political pundits on TV. She will always welcome KU basketball tickets.
Favorite Book: Same Kind of Different as Me
Favorite Movie: The Sure Thing ( it’s an 80’s thing)
Favorite Food: anything with melted cheese
Favorite Song: whatever can be belted out in the car
You remember the song, “Kansas City, Here I Come?” Well, that became a living reality in July 1993 for Betsy when she and her husband Dave got married and followed the yellow brick road from Spokane, Washington to Overland Park, Kansas. Her husband soon found a teaching position at Rockhurst University.
When they moved into an apartment near Colonial’s Overland Park location, Betsy began working as a leasing consultant while seeking a church home. Several people told her to visit the “church on the hill” located on 95th and South KC. Her family felt right at home, with people reaching out to greet and welcome them. A few years later, God abundantly blessed their lives with the birth of a son, David.
As Betsy and her family continued to worship at Colonial, God was at work in her life, drawing her deeper into the ministry of care and compassion for others who go through many of life’s difficult circumstances. Her heart stirred with a desire to work in the Care Ministry, at least someday, so Betsy continued to pray. That prayer was answered seven years ago when she became Colonial’s Care Coordinator. God had great plans for the ministry and created an amazing vehicle, Colonial Cares, for the Colonial church family to care and pray more fully for one another.
Pastor Todd is the Overland Park Campus Pastor. He grew up on a farm and came to faith in Christ at a summer camp. As he grew up, he knew he wanted to help people, so he thought he would become a medical doctor. Instead, his path led him into the world of business, and eventually, Christian ministry.
Todd earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and worked for eight years in the corporate world. Later he earned a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and worked at Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook, IL for twelve years. God called Todd to Colonial in 2005. His days are spent making decisions for the campus, supporting the staff, teaching Bible studies, and helping with pastoral care. Todd loves being a pastor and helping people in their journey with Jesus.
He treasures spending time with his daughter Lauren, son Brett, son Mitchell, and his lovely wife Julie.
Hobbies: mountain climbing, biking, boating, and vacationing.