Rev. Kristin Neitzel, Associate Pastor, email
Many people in Pastor Kristin Neitzel's life recognized her call to ministry long before she did. Growing up in southern Wisconsin as a self-proclaimed "church nerd," she has always loved to be at church - whether it was for worship, Sunday School, youth group, Bible studies, or a good ol' fashioned church potluck - but she never dreamed she'd be a pastor. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA with a degree in accounting as she continued to try to figure out what she really wanted to do with her life.
Kristin developed a love for outdoor ministries during her years as a camper and then as a staff member at Lutherdale Bible Camp (Elkhorn, WI). Her love for the church drew her to positions in various ministry settings after college, including working full time at Lutherdale, youth directing at her home church (St. Paul Lutheran, Beloit, WI), serving as the office manager at an ELCA congregation, and later serving as part of the staff of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. In 2003, she finally answered the call to ordained ministry and began her studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA), which included year of internship in Longmont, Colorado at First Lutheran Church.
Following seminary, Kristin came to serve alongside the people of Reformation. While involved in many aspects of ministry, she has a special focus in youth and education. In addition, her passion for outdoor ministry has landed her a position on the Board of Directors for Camp Tomah Shinga, and she looks forward to every opportunity to get there! In addition to all of the normal joys of ministry, Kristin especially loves playing on the Reformation volleyball team.
Rev. Cheryl Hoops, Interim Pastor, email
Cheryl was a member of Reformation Luthern Church in the mid 1990s. In March of 2000 she moved to Montana to be near her parents who were not well. Then in 2004 God surprised her and called her into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, and so she began a journey of theological education at Pacific Lutheran Seminary. At the same time she served three small congregations in Montana, first as a Synodically Authorized Minister, and after ordination in 2008, as their called pastor.
In 2011 she returned to Kansas and spent a year at Wesley Medical Center working and training as a chaplain. In September of 2012 she began serving as part-time Interim Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. In March of last year she retired and spent 8 weeks traveling to places far and near. She has unpacked her suitcases and looks forward to staying put for a while. In December she filled a void at her old church and is serving as interim pastor while we search for another full-time pastor. Wichita has been home to her for most of her adult life and she is happy to remain settled here near her younger son, friends and church family. And she also has an easy travel from here to the Phoenix area where her older son, his wife and her two grandchildren live.
Debbie Stephens, Office Administrator, email
Debbie has served as Reformation's office administrator since 2003. With over 20 years in the human resources field, she is integral to keeping things organized and running efficiently in the office. Debbie enjoys spending time with her five beautiful nieces and her canine pals, Tucker and Chester.
Nancy Martin, Organ & Piano email
Nancy secured her first paid organist position at age 14 and over the years has played for numerous churches in Indiana and Texas. After retiring from teaching, she moved to Kansas to be closer to family and began playing for Reformation in early 2006. Nancy has two daughters and three grandchildren.
John Paul Johnson, Director of Choirs email
John Paul (JP) Johnson has forty years of teaching and administrative experience in college, public school, and church music in Kansas, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University. JP's choirs have sung at numerous state, regional, and national music conventions, have been featured in internationally-acclaimed festivals and premieres, and have toured throughout the United States and Europe. His professional choral ensemble, Ad Astra Singers, has performed in the premier performance of a cappella NEXT, a contemporary and avant-garde music series at Carnegie Hall in March 2014. JP has served as a conductor, clinician, or adjudicator for more than 650 events throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Besides music, JP's interests include travel, cooking, amusement parks, spending time at the ocean, and enjoying time with friends. But his passion is having time with his son, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter.
Renee Riley, Rise Director email
As director of the Rise Ensemble, Renee brings her extensive music background and deep love for God. She was born and raised here in Wichita and is a graduate of Cheney High School, and also attended Friends University and served as a Singing Quaker and vocal student. Renee is the mother of two beautiful children, Jonathan and Kaitlyn. In addition to her musical talents, Renee is also a professional fine artist and decorative painter, inspired by her Grandad Leo.
Carol Lyons Osborne, Custodian
Talk to Carol for just a few minutes and it is quickly evident that she has a passion for people. She has been caring for people all her life in one form or fashion -- as a bus driver, a private caregiver, an activities coordinator, and a custodian. A self-described "neat freak", she has been taking care of Reformation facilities since 2000. Carol especially enjoys any opportunity to work with individuals in the senior population.