Rev. Dr. Mari Larson, Senior Pastor email
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, a doctorate of ministry from Fairfax University, and a certificate in church management from Villanova University. 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 serves on two synodical committees and is the President of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-faith Representatives Network of the ELCA.
Pastor Mari is married to woodworker Gary Werbowski. She enjoys swimming and reading (but not at the same time).
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 is “Come to the Table.”
Royce Shoemaker, Office Administrator, email
Royce comes to Reformation with a diverse range of skills. This is Royce's second position as an administrative assistant with an ELCA congregation in Wichita. She also has work experience in the healthcare field as a RN and in other administrative roles.
She is delighted to be working in the church again as she feels like her position is more than just an administrative job, it can be like a calling. A calling to serve and share together with the pastors and people at Reformation in doing God's work.
Royce enjoys spending time with her family, reading -- especially about health/wellness and spirituality and learning calligraphy.
Eric Jensen, Interim Ministry Associate, email
We are privileged to have Eric with us during the school year between his Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) year in Argentina and his first year of seminary. Eric grew up in this congregation and already knows many of our youth and young adults from his work at Camp Tomah Shinga. Eric is working with worship, Sunday School, confirmation, youth ministry, campus ministry, and a few other important ministries.
Dakota Bennett, Organist
Dakota is a sophomore at WSU pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance. He has been playing organ for 3 years and piano for 7. He is responsible for playing for worship services, accompanying special music and the choirs, assisting in planning worship services, coordinating maintenance of the church's instruments, (and whatever else Pastor Mari tells him to do.) We are glad to have him on staff here at Reformation as we benefit from his talents and as he benefits from the experience. Dakota wants to eventually be a full time music director in a Lutheran church and dedicate his life to assisting God's people to worship through the gift of music. We are excited to see what God has in store for us and Dakota while he serves here!
Jensen Lee, Rise Coordinator
Jensen Lee joined us in September 2018. When he’s not a wandering barista, he’s playing guitar… or bass… or percussion… or keyboard… or banjolele… or maybe even kazoo. Jensen has a Masters degree from Wichita State in Sociology.
Nancy Martin, 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.
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.
Kim Powell, Childcare Provider
Sunday’s are more special for children with Kim in the church nursery!