Governance Committees

Resurrection's committees provide direct leadership over various areas of the church’s operations.

How to Serve on Resurrection's Committees

Thank you for your interest in serving as an elected leader at Church of the Resurrection.

Committee members typically serve in a preparatory year prior to a three-year term as a voting member.  Note that you must be a member of Resurrection for at least two years prior to serving in a preparatory role, or three years before serving as a voting committee member.

Please note the deadline has passed for service on Resurrection's 2018 committees.  We hope you will consider applying for 2019.  Information regarding how to apply will be posted in the fall of 2018 in Resurrection's all-church enews and worship bulletins.

Overview of Nominations Process

  • Monday, 10/16/17: Deadline for submitting an Online Application Form 
  • October 2017 - November 2017: Nominations Committee reviews and prayerfully considers all forms received. 
  • Mid-December 2017: Nominations Committee contacts all applicants by phone. 
  • Mid-January 2018: Nominations Committee presents nominations slate to the church council for their approval. 
  • Tuesday, 1/23/18: Nominations slate is presented for approval during Resurrection's all-church conference.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Jim Oliver, our church’s Lay Leader, at nominations@cor.org or (913) 397-6771.

Committee Descriptions

At the highest level, the Church of the Resurrection is governed by our entire body of membership, with meetings held annually and when important matters arise. Throughout the year, the Church Council acts as the executive agency of the church, providing strategic leadership, setting important policy and monitoring the performance of church’s ministries and campuses.

Several other elected committees provide direct leadership over areas of the church’s operations:

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee oversees the identification, development and care for the volunteer leaders at Resurrection.  Key initiatives include preparing the annual nomination slate and providing oversight of volunteer service and leadership development at the church.  Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings, primarily in the fall and early winter, with six meetings annually.  Questions:  Contact Jim Oliver at nominations@cor.org or (913) 397-6771.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee develops and administers a coordinated plan of fiscal and administrative policies and procedures for the church.  It oversees the financial health of the church, reviews the annual audit, provides financial direction, and communicates the church’s financial condition to the Church Council.  Meetings are generally held on the last Thursday of each month at 4:30pm.  Questions:  Contact Karen Orosco at korosco@hrblock.com or (816) 272-6359.

 Staff Parish Relations Committee

The Staff Parish Relations Committee acts as a liaison between the congregation and its staff and clergy.  The committee sets employment policy, guides the work of the management team, and ensures Resurrection is a fulfilling work environment.  Meetings are usually held on Thursday evenings at 7pm.  Members of this committee cannot be related to a Resurrection staff member.  Questions:  Contact Craig Peterson at clccpete@yahoo.com or (913) 397-7286.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is charged with the care and maintenance of church property on all campuses (real, personal and intellectual) and holds title to the church’s property, buildings and equipment.  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.  Trustees must be at least 18 years of age.  Key items include establishing policies and practices regarding church property, disaster planning, land acquisition and construction planning.  Questions:  Contact Bryan VanOsdale at vanos350@gmail.com or (816) 785-1168.

Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation Board generates the importance of legacy giving; promotes planned gifts; receives, invests, and administers in trust for Foundation bequests and legacy gifts.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday at 4:30pm.  Members should possess an interest in finance, legacy fundraising, management, or marketing.  Questions:  Contact Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith at clayton.smith@cor.org or (913) 544-0242.

Lay Delegate to the Great Plains Annual Conference

Lay Delegates represent our church, along with our pastors, at legislative sessions of the Great Plains Annual Conference.  During the annual meeting, a variety of proposals are considered on issues and policies that will have impact on United Methodist churches across Kansas and Nebraska.  This coming year’s meeting will be held in Wichita, Kansas, from June 13 – 16, 2018.  Lay Delegates should have an interest in Resurrection’s vision of denominational renewal and be able to commit to multiday, out-of-town Annual Conference meetings.  Questions:  Contact Jim Oliver at nominations@cor.org or (913) 397-6771.

Resurrection Committees

Current committee members are listed below by group.

Church Council Members

Church Council Members include:

  • Rod Bosma, Chair 
  • Julie Bickel, Secretary
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Jason Safly, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection West)
  • David Sisney, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection Downtown)
  • Jennifer Palmer, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection Blue Springs)
  • Kim Galbraith, Lay Delegate - Great Plains
  • Craig Peterson (Resurrection West), Staff-Parish Committee Chair
  • Bryan VanOsdale (Resurrection Downtown), Board of Trustees Chair
  • Karen Orosco (Resurrection Blue Springs), Finance Committee Chair
  • Reed Nixon, Foundation Board Chair
  • Carolyne Lehr, Church Treasurer
  • Camryn Coffelt, Youth Representative through June 2017
  • Noah Young, Youth Representative beginning July 2017
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor
  • Dan Entwistle, Managing Executive Director (Leawood)
  • Brent Messick, Managing Executive Director (CFO)
  • Debi Nixon, Managing Executive Director (Regional Campuses & Catalyst)
  • Wendell Lady, Dennis Wellner and Chuck Winters, (Leawood Building Committee Co-Chairs)
  • Steve Hunt, Resurrection Downtown Building Committee Chair

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee oversees the identification, development and care for the volunteer leaders at Resurrection. Key initiatives include preparing the annual nomination slate and providing oversight of volunteer service and leadership development at the church. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings, primarily in the fall and early winter, with six meetings annually. Questions? Email Jim Oliver or call him at (913) 397-6771.

Members Include:

Jim Oliver, Lay Leader

Class of 2017

  • Barbara Allen
  • Kaitlyn Balough
  • Mike Lamb

Class of 2018

  • Gretchen Brandt
  • Sean O'Neill
  • Abby Ryan

Class of 2019

  • Dana Gillis
  • Scott Nehrbass
  • Peter Phillips 

Additional Members

  • Terry Stevens, Preparatory Class** 
  • Elizabeth Gerhardt (Resurrection Downtown), Preparatory Class** 
  • Justin Johng, Preparatory Class** 
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor * 
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader 
  • Dan Entwistle, Managing Executive Director ** 
  • Jason Safly, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection West)** 
  • David Sisney, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection Downtown)** 
  • Jennifer Palmer, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection Blue Springs)**

* Chairperson
** Non-voting member

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee develops and administers a coordinated plan of fiscal and administrative policies and procedures for the church. It oversees the financial health of the church, reviews the annual audit, provides financial direction, and communicates the church’s financial condition to the Church Council. Meetings are generally held on the last Thursday of each month at 4:30 pm. Questions? Email Carolyne Lehr or call her at (913) 217-7670.

Members Include:

Class of 2017

  • Rich Doerfler
  • Rob Givens
  • Karen Whaley

Class of 2018

  • Karen Orosco (Resurrection Blue Springs) *
  • Rob Thummel
  • Marcus Wilson

Class of 2019

  • Bruce Brower
  • Guylene Stoddard


Additional Members

  • Bill Dichiser, Preparatory Class **
  • Lauren Lane, Preparatory Class **
  • Nate Juraschek, Preparatory Class **
  • Carolyne Lehr, Church Treasurer
  • Joe Campbell, Assistant Treasurer
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Rod Bosma, Church Council Chair
  • Mark Jorgensen, Stewardship
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor
  • Brent Messick, Managing Executive Director - Operations **
  • Kelly Williams, Director of Finance **

* Chairperson
** Non-voting member

Staff Parish Relations Committee

The Staff Parish Committee acts as a liaison between the congregation and its staff and clergy. The committee sets employment policy, guides the work of the management team and ensures Resurrection is a fulfilling work environment. Meetings are usually held on Thursday evenings at 7 pm. Members of this committee cannot be related to a Resurrection staff member. Questions? Email Craig Peterson or call him at (913) 397-7286.

Members Include:

Class of 2017

  • Jimmy Balough
  • Stephany Newport
  • Sheryl Todd (Resurrection West)

Class of 2018

  • Wendell Davis
  • Jan Kessinger
  • Matthew Thomas (Resurrection Downtown)

Class of 2019

  • Kori Crouse
  • Kevin Moriarty
  • Craig Peterson (Resurrection West) *

Additional Members

  • Patricia Sanders-Hall, Preparatory Class (Resurrection Blue Springs) **
  • Joe Tortorici, Preparatory Class **
  • Tessa Schnelle, Preparatory Class **
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Laura Gregory, Lay Member to Annual Conference

* Chairperson
** Non-voting member

Board of Trustees

This Board is charged with the care and maintenance of church property on all campuses (real, personal and intellectual) and holds title to the church’s property, buildings and equipment. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday evening of each month. Trustees must be at least 18 years of age. Key items include establishing policies and practices regarding church property, disaster planning, land acquisition and construction planning. Questions? Email Bryan VanOsdale or call him at (816) 785-1168.

Members Include:

Class of 2017

  • Bruce Crockett (Resurrection West)
  • Dick Holdman (Resurrection West)
  • Bryan VanOsdale (Resurrection Downtown) *

Class of 2018

  • Joe Benage
  • Kris Campbell
  • Steve Warta

Class of 2019

  • Bill Blessing
  • Ruth Waggoner
  • Craig Elford

Additional Members

  • Craig Dawson, Preparatory Class **
  • Kris Drummond (Resurrection Downtown), Preparatory Class **
  • Barry Seward, Preparatory Class **
  • Brent Messick, Managing Executive Director - CFO **
  • Dick Cooper, Director of Facilities and Construction**
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader

* Chairperson
** Non-voting member

Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation Board generates the importance of legacy giving; promotes planned gifts; receives, invests, and administers in trust for Foundation bequests and legacy gifts. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday at 4:30 pm. Members should possess an interest in finance, legacy fundraising, management, or marketing. Questions? Email Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith or call him at (913) 544-0242.

Members Include:

Class of 2017

  • Lewis Gregory
  • Stephen Harmon
  • Martha Carpenter Smith

Class of 2018

  • Angela Brill
  • Jim Buffington (Resurrection West)
  • Reed Nixon *

Class of 2019

  • Anne Blessing
  • Jack Highfill
  • Ray Smith

Additional Members

  • Clayton Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity **
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader

* Chairperson
** Non-voting member

Annual Conference Lay Delegates

Lay Delegates represent our church, along with our pastors, at legislative sessions of the Great Plains Annual Conference. During the annual meeting, a variety of proposals are considered on issues and policies that will have impact on United Methodist churches across Kansas and Nebraska. 

This coming year’s meeting will be held in Grand Island, Nebraska, from June 7-10, 2017. Lay Delegates should have an interest in Resurrection’s vision of denominational renewal and be able to commit to multiday, out-of-town Annual Conference meetings. 

Questions? Contact Jim Oliver at nominations@cor.org or (913) 397-6771.

Lay Delegates:  Anne Blessing, Brent Messick, Nancy Brown, Kim Galbraith, Chris Collins, Marilynn Williams, Laura Gregory, Linn VerMeer, William Cody, Charlie Phillips, Dick Holdman, Peggy Hopkins, Norman Pishny, Nancy Krause, Jim Oliver, Ray Behrens, Larry Chapple, and Dave Rock

Alternate Lay Delegates:  Dan Entwistle, Michael Makar, David Sisney, and Jim Williams

Leawood Building Committee: New Sanctuary

This building committee will be in place through the completion of the Leawood location's new permanent sanctuary. The aim of the Building Committee is to maximize the congregation’s resources for the sake of achieving our purpose and vision. The committee is accountable to the Church Council, and gives oversight to all phases of the architectural design, budget, financing plan, approvals and contractual agreements for this project. 

  • Brad Colley
  • Dick Cooper*
  • Dan Entwistle* 
  • Steve Eginoire
  • Kim Galbraith
  • Linda Glazier
  • Adam Hamilton
  • Peggy Hopkins
  • Chris Kelly
  • Bruce Keplinger
  • James Kirkland
  • Wendell Lady, Co-chair
  • Lisa Lujin
  • Brent Messick*
  • Debi Nixon*
  • Carrie O’Hern
  • Cliff Speegle
  • Jack Stemm
  • Michael Terlouw
  • Matt Thiel
  • Dennis Wellner, Co-chair
  • Chuck Winters, Co-chair
  • Keith Wisdom

 * Non-voting committee member

Leawood Building Committee: Remodel

This Building Committee will be in place through the completion of the remodeling plans for the current Narthex and Sanctuary at the Leawood location. The aim of the Building Committee is to maximize the congregation’s resources for the sake of achieving our purpose and vision. The committee is accountable to the Church Council, and gives oversight to all phases of the architectural design, budget, financing plan, approvals and contractual agreements for this project.

  • Dick Cooper*
  • Dan Entwistle*
  • Linda Glazier
  • Adam Hamilton
  • Peggy Hopkins
  • Bruce Keplinger
  • Rani Lange
  • Lisa Lujin
  • Brent Messick*
  • Debi Nixon*
  • Scott Ramsey
  • Cliff Speegle
  • Jack Stemm
  • Matt Thiel
  • Mike Terlouw
  • Dennis Wellner, Chair
  • Chuck Winters

* Non-voting committee member

Downtown Building Committee

This Building Committee will be in place through the completion of the Downtown location’s 15,000+ square foot first phase sanctuary and related spaces. The aim of the Building Committee is to maximize the congregation’s resources for the sake of achieving our purpose and vision. The committee is accountable to the Church Council, and gives oversight to all phases of the architectural design, budget, financing plan, approvals and contractual agreements for this project.

  • Barb Allen
  • Harry Cleberg
  • Dick Cooper*
  • Scott Chrostek
  • Chris Curry
  • Dan Entwistle*
  • Jackie Goebel
  • Adam Hamilton
  • Jim Hamilton
  • Steve Hunt, Chair
  • Matt Kiehne
  • James Kirkland
  • Brent Messick*
  • Bob Morrison
  • Debi Nixon*
  • Beth Nybeck
  • Jesse Smith
  • Eric Strack
  • Lindsay Tatro
  • Jan Willbanks

* Non-voting committee member

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