Rev. Dr. Mari Larson, Senior Pastor
Pastor Mari is from Montevideo, MN. She has a bachelor’s degree in developmental counseling from the University of Minnesota, a master of arts degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary, and a doctorate of ministry from Fairfax University. Like Pastor Kristin, she took the long route to ordained ministry, working for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association while attending seminary part-time. She was ordained to the ministry of Word of Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1996 and served congregations in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Arizona before coming to Reformation. Pastor Mari also serves on national board of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-faith Representatives Network of the ELCA.
Pastor Mari is married to woodworker Gary Werbowski. She started running (and walking) 5Ks four years ago, and is excited to see her times improve in Wichita (due to the lower elevation). She loves Laura Levine mysteries so much that she usually reads them in one sitting on the day they are released.
Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation….” Her favorite hymn is “For All the Saints.” Her favorite praise song (at least this week) is “All the People Said Amen.”
Rev. Kristin Woelk, Associate Pastor,
Many people in Pastor Kristin Woelk'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.
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 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.
Carole Lyons Osborne, Custodian
Talk to Carole 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. Carole especially enjoys any opportunity to work with individuals in the senior population.