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.
Rev. Erika Marksbury, Associate Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org,
Erika grew up in Olathe, Kansas and was nourished by and eventually ordained in an American Baptist congregation here. Her experience as an intern with the ecumenical project A Christian Ministry in the National Parks cultivated her love for worship (especially worship in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!). Her year as a volunteer at Voice of Calvary Ministries, a community development organization working for racial and economic justice in Jackson, Mississippi, taught her about the deep connectedness between spirituality and questions of justice. She pursued these connections as she earned her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, heading up the seminary’s Amnesty chapter and serving as a leader of Seminarians for Social Change. Seminary also gave Erika the chance to study in Kenya, and the lessons she learned there about poverty, faith, and hope have remained with her since her return.
Erika taught in the Religion and English departments of Ottawa University for seven years, introducing classes like Literature and the Sacred, Liberation Theology, and Feminist and Womanist Theologies. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she’s pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Religious Studies and English. She also teaches an occasional class at Saint Andrew.
Erika and her husband, Rick Page, are the constantly-amazed parents of two boys, toddler Oscar and baby Beckett. They also share their home with cats Huck and Roma.
She blogs at www.sentfor.wordpress.com
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Debbi Adams, Church Administrator email@example.com
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 almost 30 years, have lived most of their lives in Kansas City. In her free time, Debbi enjoys being outdoors, reading, gardening, and spending time with her three grown children and two granddaughters. .
Denise Dugan, Minister to Children and Families firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise is a founding member of Saint Andrew and joined the Saint Andrew staff in 2004. Her passion is finding creative ways to inspire and educate children, and equipping parents to share their faith with their children. She was our first Christian Education chairperson in the early years of our journey. Over the years she has served our community in the positions of Moderator, worship chair, Pastoral Partner, youth sponsor, and choir member as well as directing Vacation Bible School, teaching Sunday School, and coordinating advent workshops and fair trade gift sales. Denise is currently responsible for ministry to children (infant through 5th grade) and families as well as women's ministry.
Denise received her Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and is a Commissioned Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is a graduate of UMKC with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Denise was the recipient of a Chalice Press Book Award for outstanding seminarians in spring 2009. She and her husband Steve Siebers live in Overland Park with Denise's cats Sophie and Shelby.
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Rev. Gary Duncan, Minister of Worship and Arts email@example.com
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.
Cynthia Egger Farris, Music Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Joy Zimmerman, Music Assistant email@example.com
Joy is our violinist extraordinaire on Sunday mornings, but don't be surprised if you see her pick up the mandolin or guitar as well! Joy's newest passion is songwriting, and she loves sharing her songs in a variety of settings. Joy also works as a group facilitator at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and at Turning Point: A Center for Hope and Healing. She has a master's degree in social work from Washington University and co-founded True Blue Women, a grassroots advocacy organization.
Joy and her partner, Linda Wilkinson, and Joy's sons, Ryan and Connor Dugan, are long-time members of Saint Andrew.
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Patty Glauser, Publications firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty joined the Saint Andrew staff in 2007. Previously she worked in retail. She has lived in Overland Park most of her life and has been married to her husband, John for over 30 years. They have three children; Curtis lives in Paola with his wife Cody and their two daughters, Travis lives in Oklahoma City, and their daughter, Abby attends Kansas University. Patty enjoys spoiling her granddaughters, spending time with family, sewing, reading, scrapbooking, and summer travel with her husband and children.
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 coaches high school baseball and enjoys cooking. Brandon grew up in Olathe and now has a home in Gardner with his wife Cynthia, daughter Olivia, a baby on the way, and three dogs.
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