Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor email@example.com,
Rev. Erin Wathen is a native of southeastern Kentucky, and completed her undergraduate degree at Transylvania University, a school with historic ties to the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. After earning her Master of Divinity at Lexington Theological Seminary, she was ordained, and served two years as a Pastoral Resident at Central Christian Church in Lexington. Following that term, she was called to Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix, where she served for 7 years. During her tenure there, she received a ‘trial by fire’ crash course in congregational transformation.
Her passion for inclusive community, creative worship, and social justice made her a great fit for Saint Andrew, where she joined the staff in October 2013. She is popular a blogger, author, and speaker, gaining recognition as a strong voice in the progressive Christian movement. In 2010, she received the Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching, and continues to challenge herself to preach the gospel in engaging and relevant ways.
At home, she is a wife and mother of two, and enjoys reading, cooking (though not necessarily well), yoga, hiking and travel. She and her husband are National Park nerds, and would love to hear about your adventures to America’s wilderness places. Having lived in Appalachia, the desert, and now the prairie, Erin’s language of faith is shaped by the landscape, which strongly influences her writing and preaching.
Erin is a contributing author on the Patheos Interfaith network. She blogs about finding the sacred in family life, culture, nature and community.
Debbi Adams, Church Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbi has been a member of the Saint Andrew staff since September 1993. Debbi's long-time service to the church and her depth of understanding of church administration are invaluable to her as Church Administrator. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Saint Andrew, including building usage and financial matters. Before beginning her career in church administration, Debbi's experience included an administrative position with the Jewish Community Relations Bureau and nursing at Olathe Medical Center.
Debbi and Mike, her husband of over 32 years, have lived most of their lives in Kansas City. In her free time, Debbi enjoys being outdoors, reading, gardening, yoga and spending time with her three grown children and three grandchildren.
Rev. Denise Dugan, Associate Pastor of Faith Formation email@example.com
Denise was a founding member of Saint Andrew in 1990 and joined the Saint Andrew staff in 2004. Her passion is finding creative ways to inspire and educate children as they grow in their faith, equipping parents to share their faith with their children, and including children fully in the life of the church. She was our first Christian Education chairperson and served as Moderator in the early years of our journey, and held a variety of leadership positions before joining the staff.
Denise received her Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. She is a graduate of UMKC with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She and her husband Steve Siebers live in Overland Park.
Rev. Sara Wilcox Patty, Youth Pastor
Sara is excited to be a part of the ministries at Saint Andrew Christian Church! She grew up in Disciples of Christ churches and love the community, the people and finding out some of the traditions each church has.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University with a degree in Business Administration: Marketing. She worked for seven years in the business world. During those years she also felt God leading her to ordained ministry and Sara began seminary and part-time work in the church. She earned her Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in August 2013 and was ordained on August 25, 2013. She is excited about the opportunities our young people have to attend church camp, participate in youth group, serve in mission, and have conversations about God and the bigger picture.She loves to be around people, especially those that have a common interest of loving God's people. Sara is called to share God's word with others in conversations, preaching, mission trips, worship and to be a loving presence for all.
Most of Sara's family is in the Kansas City area and most of her free time is spent with them. She loves watching the Royals play, trying new restaurants, watching movies and watching her niece and nephew in whatever sport or activity they are in. She is married to another minister in the area, so we spend a lot of time in church and talking about church.
Rev. Gary Duncan, Minister of Worship and Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary has a BSBA from Missouri Western State College and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. He has served as Minister of Youth at Smithville Christian Church and Minister of Education at Ridgeview Christian Church before coming to Saint Andrew. He designed the worship space for the past three General Assemblies of the Disciples Church.
Gary's interests and hobbies include old architecture, antiques and landscaping. He and his partner Randy live in a 110-year-old house in Kansas City with their dogs Max, Margaret and Webster, and their cats Lucy and Ethel.
Mark Harmon, Pastoral Ministry Intern
Since 2011 Mark has been a commissioned minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is currently a student at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, KS where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree and is scheduled to graduate in May 2017. Previously Mark served as the Chapel Service Coordinator at Countryside Christian Church and served in a variety of leadership and teaching roles there.
He and his wife Vicki are lifelong residents of the Kansas City area and are both retired after a long career with a local engineering firm. They have two adult children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Cynthia Egger Farris, Music Director email@example.com
Cindy Egger has been the guitarist/music director at Saint Andrew Christian Church since our first worship service in 1991. Born and raised in Iowa, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Coe College and then her Master of Music degree at the UMKC Conservatory of Music, where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award at the Master's level.She currently teaches guitar at Kansas University, Rockhurst University, Guitar Dock, and the Toon Shop. She regularly plays gigs around the metro area, with experience ranging from bar bands, weddings and private parties, to the Kansas City Symphony, to Starlight Theatre. She has a solo CD entitled "Finger Pickin' Good" and was chosen to be included in a book written by Kathryn Sommer about local KC women called "A Power Of Her Own". Cindy enjoys most styles of music and her instrumental moments in the services reflect her diverse tastes. You might hear Spanish, Renaissance, Classical, new age, Celtic, or folk on any given Sunday. She has a very clear and strong singing voice which she combines with her masterful guitar playing to contribute to the unique Saint Andrew worship experience.
Cindy is "mother" to Chester˜ a more handsome dog you will not find. Cindy is married to Dave Farris, who is the Music Director at Overland Park Presbyterian Church.
Patty Glauser, Publications firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty joined the Saint Andrew staff in 2007. Lucky to be a stay-at-home mom for many years, she later worked in child care and as an Assistant Manager of a fabric store. She has lived in Overland Park most of her life and has been married to her husband, John for over 38 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren; one son in lives in Paola with his wife and their two daughters, one sone lives in Oklahoma City, and their daughter lives in Corvallis Oregon attending Oregon State University where she is persuing her Master's Degree in Botany. Patty enjoys spoiling her granddaughters, spending time with family, sewing, reading, scrapbooking, and summer travel with her husband.
Brandon Adams, Building Superintendent BrandonA@SACCHome.org
Brandon started working part-time for Saint Andrew in 1998; and he has been a full time employee since December 2010. Brandon started attending Saint Andrew with his family in 1992. He graduated from Olathe Northwest High school then went on to earn his associates degree from Butler County Community College. Brandon has helped clean and maintain the building since it was built.
In his spare time he enjoys cooking. Brandon grew up in Olathe and now has a home in Lenexa with his wife Cynthia, his three children, Olivia, Alexandria, and Bo, as well as their three dogs.
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