Signing up for a Young Adult Community Group at Church of the Resurrection is your opportunity to find community with other young adults in the Kansas City area, grow in your walk with Christ, and be encouraged by the amazing team of group leaders comprised of older (seasoned?) adults who are role models in their families, workplaces, and volunteer organizations across KC.
These groups will meet in the Wesley Covenant Chapel on Wednesday nights at 6:30 beginning May 5, 2021.
Every week we will hear a devotional from a Resurrection staff member, participate in small group discussion, and form lasting friendships. We'll have groups for women and groups for men, and they will all start and end together as one large group, but the bulk of the time will be spent in small group breakouts.
Oh, and best of all... we'll end the night with cookies!!
Leaders: Bren Tally and Shea Walsworth
Bren Tally is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the Kansas City area. She and her husband, Brad, have three young adult children. In her experience leading a young adult small group, Bren has come to value how sharing between older and younger generations helps each of us grow and turn toward the lifelong task of being who we were created to be.
Shea Walsworth is a former public relations consultant who shifted to becoming a full-time family CEO 15 years ago. She and her husband have been married for 28 years and have two adult children. Shea enjoys travel, volunteering, reading, cooking, and anything that involves her creative juices.
Together, Bren and Shea are passionate about walking with young women along their faith journeys as they come to feel worthy and confident in who they are becoming, and as they find supportive community through one another.
Leaders: Brad Tally and Cliff Johnson
Cliff Johnson is a father of three young girls and has been married 14 years to his wife, Julie, a therapist and social worker. He has experience in coaching soccer and continues to enjoy family sports for recreation. At Resurrection, Cliff has also served as a small group leader and Table Leader the Journey 101 class.
Brad Tally owns a dental practice in Leawood, Kansas, and is a father of three young adult children. He is married to Bren and enjoys church activities and outdoor hobbies.
Together, Cliff and Brad are passionate about creating spaces where young adult men can connect with other to find companionship and belonging, strengthen their faith, and benefit from intergenerational connection.
Leaders: Sandy Russo and Michelle Varhola
Sandy Russo is from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and has been married to her husband, Guy, for 32 years. They are parents to two young adult daughters. For 27 years, Sandy has been heavily involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Kansas, Iowa, and across the United States. She is also a committed Bible study and small group participant at Resurrection, and hopes that the stories of her personal triumphs and heartaches will be a blessing to young women.
Michelle Varhola works at Church of the Resurrection and is married to Ed. She has come to see the importance of nurturing the faith of young women as her own children have grown into adults. Michelle cannot wait to dialogue about faith, society, and life with young women.
Together, Sandy and Michelle are passionate about journeying alongside young women as they pursue personal and professional goals from a Christian perspective, grow in their faith, and share in fellowship.
Leaders: Rick Kastner and Ed Varhola
Rick Kastner has been a member of Resurrection since 1997 and worked as a Chief Administrative Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC before retirement. He and his wife, Susan, have two adult children and a spoiled Goldendoodle. He also serves as a part-time adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma Law School and sees tremendous value in securing a thriving community of young adults as the key to our future.
Ed Varhola has experience in personal and professional coaching, and he feels called to support young people as they achieve their goals and reach their potential. He is married to Michelle, and they have enjoyed watching their own children become young adults.
Together, Rick and Ed are passionate about cultivating a space for young adult men to become better equipped to pursue their personal and professional goals with a Christian perspective in fellowship with one another.
Leader: Joyce Appel
Joyce Appel is not one of the seasoned older mentors, but is instead a young adult herself. She is in grad school and she hopes to one day become an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. She works as a Global Impact program director at Resurrection but freelances as a bovine midwife in her spare time. Joyce’s passions include Jesus, holistic missional strategy, building relationships, and binge-watching Kim’s Convenience. She lives for a good cup of coffee, lively conversation with friends, international travel, books, and trail running. She’s excited to create places of belonging and discipleship for college women.
Leader: Justin Schoolcraft
Justin Schoolcraft is not one of the seasoned older mentors, but is a young adult himself. He is a Care Pastor at Church of the Resurrection. He has a love for music and dabbles on saxophone, guitar, piano, and ukulele. He is a native of West Virginia and is an avid supporter of the WVU Mountaineers. Justin is active and loves sports, coffee, reading about the Bible and theology, and failing spectacularly at trivia events. He is excited to work with college-aged men to create spaces of discipleship and belonging.
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