PERRY SUKSTORF, LEAD PASTOR
Here since: 2006
Favorite Things: diet Coke, Dunkin D. coffee
Perry is married to Susan, they have three children; Katie, Christopher and Caroline, one son-in-law, Brandon, and two grandchildren Dallas and Chaska. He earned his Bachelors of Science from University of Nebraska with a Masters in Divinity from Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Born and raised in Nebraska, Perry is a husker fan all the way and enjoys travel, steam locomotives, landscape and architecture design.
DAVE WILLINGHAM, Youth Ministry
Here since: 2007
Favorite Things: good coffee & good food
Dave is the Minister of Youth and Education (MYE). He is married to Kristen with 2 children Kalyn and Connor. Dave is a native Okie and graduated Concordia University Nebraska. Their family enjoys serving together in the local community as they interact with their neighbors. Dave enjoys listening to music, playing his guitar and walking/biking the trails in West Olathe with his family.
LIBBY THORNTON, COMMUNICATIONS
Here Since: 2012
Favorite Things: vanilla Coke, milk chocolate
Libby is married to Adam and they have two girls, Ellanor and Penelope. She graduated from Missouri Western University with her Bachelor's in Communications and Graphic Design. She grew up in Northeast Kansas and is a country-girl at heart. Libby enjoys spending time outside with her miniature schnauzers, family and friends and reading a good book.
NARA NEWCOMER, PARISH MUSICIAN
Here Since: 2017
Favorite Things: Chocolate, Peanut Butter
Nara earned her B.A. in piano with a minor in sacred music/organ from Bethany College. She also holds master's degrees in music history and library science. In addition to working part-time for Redeemer, Nara is the head of the music/media library at UMKC. She is a native of Salina, KS and enjoys biking, folk dancing, traveling and spoiling her nieces and nephews.
LORI BELDEN, PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR
Here Since: 2012
Favorite Things: Coke & Dove chocolate
Lori was first a teacher at the Preschool until she took on the position of Preschool Director in August 2016. She is married to Brian and has three children, Eli, Jocelyn and Audrey. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Services from Iowa State University. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her kids play soccer, baseball, golf and gymnastics and cheering on Sporting KC and the KC Royals.