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Staff and Volunteers
Pastor – Rev. Dr. Kimberly N. Young –
Pastor Kimby loves Bible study and faith exploration. Her greatest joy in ministry is to teach or have conversations about God. So come share what you believe or explore your questions. Come discover your next steps along your spiritual journey. Kimby believes we all have gifts to share and we are all called to offer those gifts in the world to be used for the common good. Seekers are welcome.
Kimby came to First Presbyterian Church of Gardner on November 1, 2015. Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, TN, Kimby graduated high school in Monett, MO. Kimby holds a Masters in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and a Doctor of Ministry in Religious Education from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Kimby served previously for 3 years in Warren, PA, 13 years at Westminster Presbyterian in Des Moines, Iowa, and 12 years at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas.
Administrative Assistant – Connie Crabbs –
Connie was born and raised in Gardner, Ks. She is married to husband, Ron (USMC, LtCol, ret.), and they have 4 children and 11 grandchildren (with Ashley pictured right). Connie began her service to First Presbyterian on April 1, 2006. She truly enjoys helping and serving others. One of her personal challenges is to remember the names of all our congregational membership, and she succeeds quite well in this goal. She loves her job very much and thanks God every day for this opportunity. Connie enjoys traveling to Europe and taking frequent road trips with her husband throughout the United States. Connie loves to laugh and to make others laugh. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad it” – Psalm 118:24
Music Director – Todd Burd – Todd Burd has been the Director of Church Music at First Presbyterian Church since 2014. He oversees the entire Music Ministry and directing the Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells and preparing special music for all congregational services.
Todd Burd has studied music education, sacred music and performance at the following institutions: Bethany College, Trinity College of Music, London England, Wichita State University and Baker University. He has a passion for exploring various types of music and bringing those to the congregation. Education and awareness of various styles of music are of great importance.
Todd Burd has also been the director of Choral Activities at Gardner Edgerton High School since 2001. Mr. Burd is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education. He is also a well-respected voice teacher and musical director. Mr. Burd continues to perform as a soloist in various capacities.
The two challenges he enjoys most here at First Presbyterian Church is to help people dig deeper in their spiritual journey with the thematic worship music (congregational and choral) that is sung on Sunday mornings and to incorporate music of various genres to worship.
Music in our worship focuses on praising God, teaching Scripture and sound Christian doctrine. Come to our worship services and concerts expecting to grow in your faith and understanding of God’s Creation!
Organist – Alice Rollf
Pianist – Robyn Forkner – Robyn was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska and has enjoyed participating in church music ministries throughout her life. Her full-time career as a funeral director began in 1991 in Seattle, WA, and in 2004 she relocated to Kansas when she accepted a position as a Director with Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Olathe. Robyn is married to John Forkner and they reside in Spring Hill. She is glad to have found a church family in First Presbyterian Church of Gardner, and feels blessed to be able to share the gift of music with others.
Youth Directors – Dave and Cindy Rollf –
Dave and Cindy Rollf have been leading the youth group at FPC since 1995. They live in Gardner with their two children, Nalleli and Jon, but consider all the teens to be their kids as well. They love spending time with the youth and guiding them through the trials that come along with growing up and helping them discover how their faith in Jesus can be a foundation for a great future. They enjoy leading the group as they live out their faith here at home and as they travel across the country on mission trips. Dave is a police officer for the City of Gardner and Cindy works at Oatbrook Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician in addition to helping run the JOY Closet – a thrift store ministry of FPC.
Building Superintendent – Phil Lenahan
Custodian – Steve Winters
Treasurer – Wayne Rollf
Currently Serving Elders – The Session – 2017 – Clerk of Session, Ron Crabbs
Classes Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
Worship Lois Barber Mike McGuire Vera Beach
Discipleship Kim Liu Larry Flakus Joyce Scarlett
Mission Bob Bergene Tracy McCabe Eldonna Chesnut
Congregational Delores Guilinger Wayne Rollf Sandy Rieger
Currently Serving Board of Deacons – 2016 – Tina Fraser, Moderator
Class of 2017: Class of 2018: Class of 2019:
Janet Flakus Judy Lenahan Denise Bockus
Carl Frahme Sandy Nellor Jessica Brunker
Sharon Frahme Debbie Pickell Vern Knabe
Mike Fraser Julie Sutton Linda Wolf
Tina Fraser Marilyn Huffman