Leadership

Kat Hnatyshyn

Mission Center President Team

Kat Hnatyshyn, a self-sustaining minister for Community of Christ, is on the Mission Center President Team for Midlands Mission Center in the Central USA Mission Field.

 

Kat was pastor of her congregation for 10 years and served on the Leadership Council in the Mission Center. She currently serves on the Investment Committee with World Church and on the World Church Finance Board. She holds the priesthood office of High Priest.

 

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Kat received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Speech Communications and Minor in Church Leadership and Religion from Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. Kat and her husband Alex live in Overland Park, KS with two small boys, Jack and Pete. She works as a Director for a local credit union.

 

Email: Kat@midlandsmc.org

Cell: 816.506.6948

Congregations: Bethel, Lawrence, Lenexa, Olathe & Shawnee Drive

Allen Keehler

Mission Center President Team

Allen Keehler, a bi-vocational minister with Community of Christ, is a member of the Midlands Mission Center President Team in the Central USA Mission Field.

 

He has been actively engaged in youth ministry for more than 20 years as a congregational youth leader, camp director, pastor, and mission center youth minister. He and his wife, Tammy, currently direct the TWIST program encouraging youth to become engaged in community service. Allen has also been a strong advocate for young adult ministry and new expressions of faith within the mission center. He holds the office of High Priest.

 

Allen and his wife, Tammy, live in Kansas City. They enjoy time spent traveling with their three sons, appreciating the beauty of creation, and basking in the sun of tropical locals.

 

Email: allen.keehler@midlandsmc.org

Work: (816) 810-5690

Congregations: Excelsior Springs, Highlands, Leavenworth, Liberty, Norton Heights & Osowatomie

Sharon Spaans

Mission Center President Team

Sharon Spaans, a self-sustaining minister for Community of Christ, is on the Mission Center President Team for Midlands Mission Center in the Central USA Mission Field.

Sharon was pastor of her congregation for 10 years and served as a financial officer. She was a member of the Midlands Mission Center Advisory Board for 3 years. Sharon holds the Priesthood office of High Priest.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Sharon received a Bachelor of Science majoring in Business Management from Friends University. She retired from Textron Aviation where she worked many years in Cessna Sales and Marketing. Sharon has a son and a daughter, and 8 grandchildren, and loves the role of Mimi. She currently lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Email: sharon@midlandsmc.org

Work: (316) 734-0632

Congregations: El Dorado, Emporia Cell Group, Manhattan, Salina & Webb Road

Stan Troeh

Mission Center President Team

Stan Troeh, a bi-vocational minister with Community of Christ, is a member of the Midlands Mission Center President team in the Central USA Mission Field.

 

He was born in Idaho, started walking in California, and went through school in New York, Iowa and Uruguay. He has been actively engaged in congregational life throughout his life, and in mission center leadership for nearly 20 years. With passions for worship, peace and justice, education, and inclusiveness, he and his wife, Grace, have taught many Temple School courses, particularly for priesthood education, and shared in ministry throughout our mission center.  He holds the office of High Priest.

 

Stan and Grace live in Kansas City, Kansas. They enjoy time with family (especially the new grandparent role), ministry, travel, and camping.

 

Email: stantroeh@gmail.com

Work: 913.522.9516

Congregations: Bonner Springs, Holton, Mission Road, Topeka, Wellsville & University

Wim van Klinken

Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Wim van Klinken, a full-time minister, serves as Chief Information and Technology Officer at the international headquarters of Community of Christ and as a member of the Midlands Mission Center’s Financial Officer Team. He holds the priesthood office of bishop.

 

Wim was born and raised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After a career as an entrepreneur in IT, Wim started working for Community of Christ as President of the Europe Mission Center in 2004. Three years later, he, his wife, Debora, and son, Max, moved to Kansas City, MO to serve the church in the USA. Since he is also very involved in the nonprofit sector in the Greater Kansas City area.

 

In the Netherlands, Wim obtained degrees in Economics, Business Science, Music, Asset Management, and Business Administration. In the USA, he obtained a Masters of Art in Religion from Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa, and an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

 

Email: wvanklinken@cofchrist.org

Work: 816.521.3070

Emily Hidy

Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Emily Hidy, a self-sustaining minister for Community of Christ, is on the Mission Center Financial Officer Team for Midlands Mission Center in the Central USA Mission Field.

 

Emily received a BA in Mathematics from Graceland University, and taught high school math for six years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She spent time as a co-congregation financial officer and holds the priesthood office of Elder.

 

Emily and her husband, Craig, raise their three boys in Topeka, KS. They enjoy vacationing in Colorado, camping in their popup, and outdoor activities like biking and hiking.

 

Email: emily.hidy@outlook.com

Phone: 316.680.8508

Steve Beckman

Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Steve Beckman, a self-sustaining minister for Community of Christ, is on the Mission Center Financial Officer Team for Midlands Mission Center in the Central USA Mission Field.

 

Steve received degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration from Graceland University and has his Masters of Business Administration from Mid America Nazarene University. He is a Product Manager for T-Mobile in Overland Park. He serves on the Finance Team for the Olathe congregation and holds the office of Elder. 

 

Steve and his wife Laura live in Olathe, KS, and have three boys.

 

Email: beckman445@gmail.com

Mobile: 913.314.4497

Kristine Shipley

Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Craig Hidy

Invitational Support Minister

Craig Hidy is a self-sustaining Seventy for the Community of Christ and serves as the Mission Center Invitational Support Minister.  

 

Craig received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Graceland University with a minor in Religion.  He went onto obtain a Master of Social Work from Wichita State University.  He currently works in the educational field as a Behavior Interventionist. Throughout the years Craig has been highly involved in congregational life and outreach ministries.  He has led church plants, trailer park ministries, small groups, youth activities, reunions, and many other things to be invitational and witness to others.   

Craig and his wife Emily live in Topeka, KS with their three boys.  

Email: craig_hidy@hotmail.com 

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7615 N Platte Purchase Dr

Kansas City, MO 64118

 

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