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.

The process of considering a role of Christian leadership is one of discernment.  Be mindful that the journey of Christian discernment is ongoing.  Our great purpose is living in God's desire.  Continuing on that path requires an enduring relationship with God.  If you would like someone to pray with you about this process of discernment, please call the Prayer Ministry at 913-544-0739.

Please note the deadline has passed for applying for service on Resurrection's 2019 committees.  We hope you will consider applying for service in 2020.  Information regarding how to apply will be posted in the fall of 2019 in Resurrection's all-church enews and worship bulletins.

Overview of Nominations Process

  • Friday, 9/7/18:  Nominations process opens
  • Monday, 10/15/18: Deadline for submitting an Online Application Form
  • October 2018 - November 2018: Nominations Committee reviews and prayerfully considers all forms received
  • Mid-December 2018: Nominations Committee contacts all applicants by phone
  • Mid-January 2019: Nominations Committee presents nominations slate to the church council for their approval
  • Tuesday, 1/22/19: 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 Steve Warta at steven.warta@gmail.com or (913) 642-7648.

Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation Board cultivates the importance of legacy giving; promotes planned gifts; receives, invests, and administers in a fiduciary capacity Foundation bequests and legacy gifts that support the ministry of Church of the Resurrection.  Members should possess an interest in donor relations and development, legacy fundraising, investment management, planned giving, or marketing, and be available for Quarterly Board Meetings and subcommittee work. All Foundation Board Members must express support of the work of the Foundation by being a John Wesley Legacy Society member. Questions:  Contact Debi Nixon, Executive Director, at debi.nixon@cor.org or (913) 544-0709.

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 Topeka, Kansas, from Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 1, 2019.  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 (Resurrection Downtown), Chair
  • Julie Bickel, Council Secretary
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Dave Rock, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection West)
  • David Sisney, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection Downtown)
  • Mark Callanan, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection Blue Springs)
  • Kim Galbraith, Lay Delegate - Great Plains
  • Craig Peterson (Resurrection West), Staff-Parish Committee Chair
  • Steve Warta, Board of Trustees Chair
  • Karen Orosco (Resurrection Blue Springs), Finance Committee Chair
  • Stephen Harmon, Foundation Board Chair
  • Carolyne Lehr, Church Treasurer
  • Vacant, Youth Representative
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor
  • Dan Entwistle, Senior Executive Director
  • Rachel Svaty Condon, CFO/Executive Director of Central Resources
  • Scott Chrostek, Executive Director of Regional Campuses
  • Debi Nixon, Executive Director of Development and ShareChurch
  • Bret Sheffield, Resurrection West Building Committee
  • Wendell Lady, At Large Member


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 2018

  • Gretchen Brandt
  • Sean O'Neill
  • Mike Lamb

Class of 2019

  • Dana Gillis
  • Scott Nehrbass
  • Peter Phillips

Class of 2020

  • Terry Stevens
  • Elizabeth Gerhardt (Resurrection Downtown)
  • Justin Johng

 Additional Members

  • Jan Asnicar, Preparatory Class**
  • Cameron Smith, Preparatory Class**
  • Tim Soptick (Resurrection West) Preparatory Class**
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor *
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Dan Entwistle, Senior Executive Director **
  • Dave Rock, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection West)**
  • David Sisney, Associate Lay Leader (Resurrection Downtown)**
  • Mark Callanan, 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? Contact Karen Orosco at korosco@hrblock.com or (816) 272-6359.

Members Include:

Class of 2018

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

Class of 2019

  • Bruce Brower
  • Michael Makar
  • Guylene Stoddard

Class of 2020

  • Bill Dichiser
  • Lauren Lane
  • Vacant

Additional Members

  • Chris Ayers (Resurrection Downtown), Preparatory Class **
  • Katie Greene (Resurrection West), Preparatory Class **
  • Rick Smalley, Preparatory Class **
  • Carolyne Lehr, Church Treasurer
  • Joe Campbell, Assistant Treasurer
  • Jim Oliver, Lay Leader
  • Rod Bosma, Church Council Chair
  • Jeff Muchow, Stewardship
  • Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor
  • Rachel Svaty Condon, CFO/Executive Director of Central Resources **
  • Kelly Williams, Director of Finance and Accounting **

* 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 2018

  • Wendell Davis
  • Jan Kessinger
  • Vacant

Class of 2019

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

Class of 2020

  • Patricia Sanders-Hall (Resurrection Blue Springs)
  • Joe Tortorici
  • Tessa Schnelle


Additional Members

  • Bob Bloss, Preparatory Class **
  • Lisa Janati, Preparatory Class **
  • Jill Stevens, 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? Contact Steve Warta at steven.warta@gmail.com or (913) 642-7648.

Members Include:

Class of 2018

  • Jerry Joyner
  • Kris Campbell
  • Steve Warta *

Class of 2019

  • Bill Blessing
  • Ruth Waggoner
  • Craig Elford

Class of 2020

  • Craig Dawson
  • Kris Drummond (Resurrection Downtown)
  • Barry Seward

Additional Members

  • Bret Sheffield (Resurrection West), Preparatory Class **
  • David Stutzman, Preparatory Class **
  • Ben White (Resurrection Downtown), Preparatory Class **
  • Rachel Svaty Condon, CFO/Director of Central Resources **
  • 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 2018

  • Angela Brill
  • Jim Buffington (Resurrection West)
  • Heather Smith

Class of 2019

  • Anne Blessing
  • Jack Highfill
  • Ray Smith

Class of 2020

  • Lewis Gregory
  • Stephen Harmon *
  • Bill Whitaker

Additional Members

  • Debi Nixon, Executive Director of Development and ShareChurch **
  • 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 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.

Lay Delegates:  Nancy Brown, Kim Galbraith, Chris Collins, Marilynn Williams, Laura Gregory, Linn VerMeer, William Cody, Dick Holdman, Peggy Hopkins, Norman Pishny, Nancy Krause, Jim Oliver, Ray Behrens, Larry Chapple, Dave Rock, Mary Houser, Julie Bickel, Bryan Van Osdale, and Xai Vang

Alternate Lay Delegates:  Dan Entwistle, Deliece Hofen, Ceri Lewis, Michael Makar, Brent Messick, Angela Sargent, David Sisney, Jim Williams, and Andrew Wimmer

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