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Michele Dill

Children's Minister

After serving as a Children's Ministry Assistant for 3 years, Michele Dill was named full time Children's Minister in 2009.

Her role as Children's Minister spans Birth to 5th grade and includes multiple ministry offerings--Nursery, Kids Church, Bible classes, Wednesday Night classes, service projects, family events, Egg Hunt, Baby Blessing, directing Summer in the Son Camp, Preschool VBS, K-5 VBS, Trunk or Treat and a Christmas musical!

Michele graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) with a degree in Elementary Education. She loves using cute fonts and hoarding Sharpies. The best part of her life is her husband Byron, son Tyler and daughter Whitney (both students at K-State).

Some of Michele's favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Romans

Favorite non-biblical book: Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff

Favorite meal: I love Mexican food!

Favorite place: Disney World

Favorite movie: Frozen

Favorite sports team: Denver Broncos

Favorite hobbies: Crafting, shopping, and decorating

Click here to email Michele.

Katherine Eickhorst

Ministry Facilitator

Katherine has been a member of the OP Church since 1979. She has two wonderful daughters, Elizabeth and Abby.

Before she became a mother, Katherine worked as a dental assistant. Katherine has been working at the church since 2002.

Some of Katherine's Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: I have several, not just one.

Favorite Non-Biblical book: Redeeming Love

Favorite Meal: Mexican or pizza, and always end with chocolate!

Favorite Place: The beach

Favorite Movie: The Way We Were & The Notebook

Favorite Sport’s Team: Kansas City Chiefs!

Favorite Hobbies: Spending time with my family, watching professional and college football, attending musicals and concerts, and having dinner with friends.

Click here to email Katherine.

Allen French

Worship Minister

Allen entered the ministry in 1996, after a 17 year career in technical sales. He served at the Memorial Drive Church of Christ, in Tulsa Oklahoma from 1996 until 2006, serving as Minister of Worship, Minister of Involvement and College Minister. He has led worship in numerous venues, including Youth in Action, the Tulsa Soul Winning Workshop, the Pepperdine Lectureships, and Acafest at the David Lispcomb lectureships.

Allen currently serves as the Minister of Worship and Spiritual Life at the Overland Park Church of Christ in Overland Park, Kansas. He has served since February of 2006 in this capacity. His responsibilities include the planning and execution of worship for two separate services each week and preparation of visual media, along with the development and rehearsing of the praise teams, choruses and special singing groups for special occasions.

He and his wife, Anne, have been married for 34 years, as of this summer. Their only child, Rachel, lives in the Kansas City area along with her husband Jered, who are both actively involved in the worship ministry as a singer and as a sound technician.

Some of Allen's Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Hebrews

Favorite non-biblical book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:

Favorite meal: Cherry pie, with mashed potatoes for dessert!!!!

Favorite place: Pretty much anywhere with my family

Favorite movie: The Bucket List

Favorite sports team: HUSKERS

Favorite hobbies: Tennis, woodworking

Click here to email Allen.

Fred Fulks

Staff Leader/Administrator

Fred and Sharon were married in 1967, in Wichita, Kansas, after a very lengthy courtship of 6 months. They have two sons, two daughters in law and four grandchildren. Matt and Libby, Helen, Charlie and Aaron live in Overland Park, Kansas. Josh, Susan and Jules live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Fred began his career with State Farm Insurance in 1969, in Wichita, and retired from State Farm in 2013 after 44 years. During that time he was an agent in Wichita for two years, Training Director in Columbia, Missouri, for two years, and in 1973, the family moved to Overland Park and Fred began his work in agency field leadership for the next 40 years.

Fred was a deacon for five years and a shepherd for 29 years before becoming the Staff Leader/Administrator for the Overland Park Church of Christ.

Some of Fred's Favorites:

Bible book: Romans

Non-biblical book: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Golman

Meal: Sharon’s chicken fried steak

Place: A beach, any beach, you pick it.

Movie: Lonesome Dove or Open Range.

Sports team: KU men’s basketball

Hobbies: being with the grandkids, working in the yard with Sharon

Click here to email Fred.

Carl Jemison

Caring Minister

Carl grew up in the Birmingham, Alabama area. He worked there as a police officer for two years. In 1986, Carl moved to the Kansas City area.

Carl and his wife, Brenda, recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. They have three children and five grandchildren. Together, Carl and Brenda direct the caring ministry for the OP Church of Christ.

In their spare time, Carl and Brenda enjoy leading benevolence work at the OP Church of Christ.

Some of Carl's favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Matthew

Favorite non-biblical book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Favorite meal: Fried chicken, Red Lobster's all-you-can-eat shrimp, clam chowder, and Butterfingers.

Favorite place: Waikiki, Hawaii and Fairfield, Alabama

Favorite movie: The Bible narrated by Charlton Heston

Favorite sports team: Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite hobbies: Barbequeing, home repairs, working on cars, exercising, and helping people

Gilbert Kerrigan

Preaching Minister

Gilbert and his wife, Kate, have three children--Cole, Beau, and Julia.

Gilbert has preached at the Elmwood Church of Christ in Lafayette, Indiana for the last nine years. Before his time at Elmwood, he served for six years as an Associate Minister for the Greenwood Park Church of Christ in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His responsibilities there included campus ministry, small groups, adult education, and involvement.

Some of Gilbert's Favorites:

Favorite Bible Book: Luke

Favorite non-biblical book: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White, and biographies of musicians

Favorite Meal: Cajun food (Gumbo, Etouffee, Crawfish, Shrimp and Grits, etc.)

Favorite Place: Sitting on my parent's backporch overlooking Lake D'Arbronne

Favorite Movies: The Outsiders and Braveheart

Favorite Sports Team: Auburn (football), Chelsea (real football), and Cubs (baseball)

Favorite Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Music, Soccer

Dan Knight

Minister of Adult Discipleship

Doing ministry, full time, his entire adult life has given Dan an incredible opportunity to see so many facets of the beautiful, shining jewel that is God's church. He began kingdom work in 1972 with his wife of one year, Vickie, when they moved to Ecuador as missionary apprentices. They ended up spending the next eleven years involved in this small South American country and then, with their three, Ecuadorian-born children, moved to Los Angeles, California.

After establishing a viable, Spanish-speaking congregation in downtown L.A., both Dan and Vickie transitioned to work full-time with the Culver-Palms Church of Christ in West Los Angeles. The Knights spent a total of ten very fruitful years in Southern California, and in 1993 they moved to Overland Park, KS.

Their oldest son, Dennis, is married to Rebecca, and they have four children. Their next son, Daniel, and his wife, Angela, have been blessed with three kids. Gini, their third child, is still single, and leads a happy and productive life. All of Dan's children and grandchildren live in the Overland Park/Olathe area. This makes Vickie very happy!

While at OPCC, Dan has served in a variety of capacities, from interim preaching minister for fourteen months to unofficial audio/visual guy for the adult Bible classes. Currently, Dan is the Minister of Adult Discipleship. His favorite activity is teaching, and in the last two decades he has taught almost every single Sunday that he has been in town.

Dan is the author of Grace Gifts: Discovering the Unique Joy God Has For You .

Some of Dan's favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Gospel of Matthew and whatever other book he is currently teaching.

Favorite non-biblical book: The Keys of the Kingdom by A. J. Kronin. Plus The Chronicles of Narnia and Grace Gifts.

Favorite meal: Anything Vickie prepares, especially locro and homemade biscuits, or seco de chivo with rice!

Favorite place: Hana, Hawaii.

Favorite movie: Without a Clue starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. (Runners up: Chariots of Fire and Shawshank Redemption.)

Favorite sports team: The Los Angeles Dodgers, of course!

Favorite hobbies: Dan's happiest moment would be sitting with Vickie, anywhere in the world, on a quiet afternoon, and reading a great detective novel.

Click here to email Dan.

Taylor Penrod

Youth Minister

My name is Taylor Brooks Penrod, and I grew up at the Overland Park Church of Christ. In fact, I am the third generation of my family to be a member here.

After high school, I attended David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and I majored in Elementary Education. While at Lipscomb, I went on a mission trip to an Indian reservation in South Dakota. It was there that I met the man whom God had destined to become my husband. We discovered that we both lived in Nashville, and started dating after that mission trip. God is so full of surprises!! We were married on May 24, 2014.

I interned in ministry at the OP Church for several summers, and about a year ago a door opened for me to become a Youth Minister here. Doing this is an answer to prayers that my heart was feeling but that I had not realized yet. This is my dream job!!

My mission in ministry is to help teens take a knowledge of Jesus Christ and grow that into a relationship with Him. When that happens it is the highest joy of ministry for me.

My favorites things about this church are many. I love the family dynamics that play out at this place. We are the family of God. I love how this church shows hospitality to all people, regardless of their background. Also, the OP Church is great at meeting peoples’ needs whatever they are.

Of Scripture favorites, I have always loved Hebrews 4:12. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” I also love the last part of Nehemiah 8:10, “This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

My favorite (currently) is Proverbs 27:19.

As a face is reflected in water,

so the heart reflects the real person.

It is a powerful reminder of the importance of being one hundred percent genuine in all things.

Some of Taylor's Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Galatians and Ephesians

Favorite non-biblical book: Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Favorite meal: Mi Ranchito's Cream Cheese Enchilada

Favorite place: Whitehouse, Jamaica

Favorite movie: It Takes Two

Favorite sports team: The Overland Park Church Football Club

Favorite hobbies: I enjoy discovering open fields in Kansas and going there to read, pray, sit, or paint.

Click here to email Taylor.

Carla Sakmar

Student Ministries Assistant

Carla has been a member at OPCofC since 1999 and has worked as a part-time assistant in the church office since 2009. Carla has been married to Robert for 26 years and has two teenage children, Stone and Courtney.

Over the years Carla has enjoyed being involved in women's bible studies, serving as a board member for our children's summer camp, and hanging out with the teens and their parents. Carla has been on two mission trips to Honduras and can't wait to go back again!

Some of Carla's Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Genesis

Favorite non-biblical book: The Help

Favorite meal: Anything from south of the border

Favorite place: Honduras

Favorite movie: Gone With the Wind

Favorite sports team: KC Royals

Favorite hobbies: "Junk” shopping with friends, walking/biking, volunteering

Click here to contact Carla.

Zach Sewell

Involvement Minister

Zach grew up at the OP Church of Christ. He enjoyed his involvement in the youth group so much as a teenager that he decided to go into ministry. He has a degree in biblical text from Abilene Christian University.

Zach is the author of a book called Prisoners in the Bible, which he wrote for people who are currently incarcerated.

Zach is married to Rachel and they live in Prairie Village, Kansas--close enough to Missouri that he could throw a football into it if he had more arm strength.

Some of Zach's Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: John

Favorite non-biblical book: The Chronicles of Narnia

Favorite meal: Gnocchi with pesto and chicken from Cupini's at 43rd and State Line

Favorite place: Windansea Beach in La Jolla, CA

Favorite movie: Batman Begins,The Lion King, or the edited-for-TV version ofThe Shawshank Redemption

Favorite sports team: Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite hobbies: I enjoy rollerblading, walking around in nature, writing, working in the yard, and losing to my friends in racquetball.

Click here to email Zach.

Teresa Showen

Administrative Assistant

Teresa and her family have been members at OP since 1997, and she started working in the office in 2011. She and her husband, Brian, have been married for 32 years and have three grown children.

Someday Brian and Teresa would like to see as much of the world as their kids have seen.

Some of Teresa's Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Ruth

Favorite non-biblical book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite meal: Good BBQ

Favorite place: Any warm beach

Favorite movie: Changes from week to week

Favorite sports team: KC Royals

Favorite hobbies: Reading, cross-stitch, walking/hiking

Click here to email Teresa.

Scotty Smith

Facility Coordinator

Scotty oversees the intricate details of the church building.

Scotty is married to Melinda. Their daughter, Kelli, is a student at K-State.

Some of Scotty's Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Galatians

Favorite non-biblical book: I don't have a lot of time to read!

Favorite meal: Cajun--especially Hot & Spicy Crawfish in Orlando!

Favorite place: Eastern Carribean

Favorite movie: Star Wars

Favorite sports team: Saints, Chiefs, LSU

Favorite hobbies: Hunting, fishing, anything outdoors.

Click here to email Scotty

Angela Williams

Administrative Assistant

Angela and her family have been members at OP since 1992. She and her husband, David, married in 1979. Their family includes two grown children, Justin and Brittany, a daughter-in-love Amy, son-in-love Keven, and four granddaughters.

Angela feels that one of her main purposes in life is prayer - praying with and for others and teaching various ways to pray, including contemplative types of prayer. She has completed the three-year ecumenical Souljourners Program in Spiritual Direction. Angela’s training in different prayer traditions and Spiritual Direction has equipped her in assisting others to grow in their faith and intimacy with God.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Human Relations from the MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Some of Angela’s Favorites:

Favorite Bible book: John, but I often cling to Romans 8

Favorite non-biblical book: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Favorite meal: anything with green chilies (especially from New Mexico where I grew up).

Favorite place: Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Italy and Monument Valley, UT …

Favorite movie: It’s a Wonderful Life, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and anything with Danny Kaye

Favorite sports team: usually the underdog of the game

Favorite hobbies: spending time with my family, reading, and being in and working in my prayer garden.

Jamie Wilson

Children's Minister

Jamie and her family moved to Olathe in the summer of 2011. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Harding University in 1998, she married her best friend, Michael, in 1999 and they lived and worked in Houston, Texas for thirteen years.

In Houston, Michael and Jamie were active members of two churches. Michael was a deacon and Jamie was active in the children’s ministries, teaching classes, planning VBSs, and many other activities that require volunteers.

Jamie and Michael have three growing children: Samantha, Jack and Luke.

Some of Jamie's favorites:

Favorite Bible book: Nehemiah

Favorite non-biblical book: The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull

Favorite meal: My favorite meal is any meal that I’m able to eat without having to remind my four year old to finish his meat.

Favorite place: a warm tropical place, near water, with my children happily playing in the sand and water (while wearing their life jackets, of course!)

Favorite movie: Always with Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfus, and John Goodman

Favorite sports team: Houston Texans

Favorite hobbies: playing in my garden

Click here to email Jamie.

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