Governance Committees

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

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. These include: 

  • Finance Committee
  • Board of Trustees
  • Staff Parish Committee
  • Foundation Board of Directors
  • Nominations Committee

Our team of pastors and staff are passionate and committed. They provide leadership for the ministries and programs at Resurrection and, in doing so, help shape the heart and character of this church.

How to Serve on Committees

Thank you for your interest in serving as an elected leader at Church of the Resurrection. Please note the deadline has passed for service on Resurrection's 2017 committees. We hope you will consider applying next year. The nominations process typically follows a schedule similar to this:

  • Mid-October: Deadline for submitting an Online Application Form 
  • October - November: Nominations Committee reviews and prayerfully considers all forms received. 
  • Mid-December: Nominations Committee contacts all applicants by phone. 
  • Mid-January: Nominations Committee presents nominations slate to the church council for their approval. 
  • Late January (Church Conference, January 24, 2017): 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.

Resurrection Committees

The groups below provide leadership for different aspects of church operations.

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)
  • Laura Gregory, Lay Delegate (Great Plains)
  • Fred Lehman, Staff-Parish Committee Chair
  • Norman Pishny, Board of Trustees Chair
  • Harry Campbell, Finance Committee Chair
  • Reed Nixon, Foundation Board Chair
  • Dana Bjornson, Church Treasurer
  • Camryn Coffelt, Youth Representative
  • 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)
  • Rob Heise, Resurrection West Building Committee Chair
  • 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 2016

  • Jake Akehurst
  • Ken Mason
  • Dwight Wicker (Resurrection West)

Class of 2017

  • Barbara Allen 
  • Kaitlyn Balough 
  • Tom Gorman (Resurrection Blue Springs)

Class of 2018

  • Gretchen Brandt 
  • Jeff Davis (Resurrection Downtown) 
  • Abby Ryan 

Additional Members

  • Dana Gillis, Preparatory Class** 
  • Scott Nehrbass, Preparatory Class** 
  • Peter Phillips, 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 Harry Campbell or call him at (913) 219-3801.

Members Include:

Class of 2016

  • Jay Allison (Resurrection Downtown)
  • Bridget Bass
  • Harry Campbell *

Class of 2017

  • Rich Doerfler
  • Rob Givens
  • Karen Whaley

Class of 2018

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

Additional Members

  • Bruce Brower, Preparatory Class **
  • Steve Conley, Preparatory Class **
  • Guylene Stoddard, Preparatory Class **
  • Dana Bjornson, Church Treasurer
  • Joe Campbell, Assistant Treasurer
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Rod Bosma, Church Council Chair
  • Mark Jorgensen, Stewardship
  • Staff Parish Representative
  • Trustees Representative
  • 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 Fred Lehman or call him at (913) 766-5758.

Members Include:

Class of 2016

  • Mike Duckett
  • Fred Lehman *
  • Cameron Smith

Class of 2017

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

Class of 2018

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

Additional Members

  • Kori Crouse, Preparatory Class **
  • Kevin Moriarty, Preparatory Class **
  • Craig Peterson, Preparatory Class (Resurrection West)**
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Jim Williams, 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 Norman Pishny or call him at (913) 660-4400.

Members Include:

Class of 2016

  • Norman Pishny *
  • Patricia Sanders-Hall
  • Eric Wimmer

Class of 2017

  • Bruce Crockett (Resurrection West)
  • Carolyne Lehr
  • Bryan VanOsdale (Resurrection Downtown)

Class of 2018

  • Joe Benage
  • Kris Campbell
  • Bryan Schmidt

Additional Members

  • Bill Blessing, Preparatory Class **
  • Ruth Waggoner, Preparatory Class **
  • Steve Warta, 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 2016

  • C.J. Archer
  • Lee Harizanoff
  • Jack Highfill

Class of 2017

  • Martha Carpenter Smith
  • Lewis Gregory
  • Stephen Harmon

Class of 2018

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

Additional Members

  • Clayton Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity **
  • Trustees Representative
  • 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.

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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