After growing up on a small family farm in northwestern Kansas, Nanette graduated from Kansas State University and was a teacher before heading to seminary at St. Paul School of Theology. In 2003, she was appointed as Senior Pastor. Along the way Nanette has traveled for international mission work, taught at conferences, and finished her Doctoral degree at Wesley Theological Seminary. She loves to run, read, preach, teach, and has a weakness for popsicles.
Rev. Kyle Reynolds comes to Grace from Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas. Areas of focus for Kyle have been in working with young adults, where he has worked to establish mission opportunities and new group gatherings, and small group development. Prior to his time in Wichita, Kyle completed his Master of Divinity degree through Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois with a concentration in Congregational Leadership. Grace is the place where Kyle grew and developed his own faith and his leadership for ministry. After years of being served by the children’s and youth programs at Grace, his first ministry related job was as a youth intern the summer after his freshman year of college, and he credits Grace as the place that nurtured in him a hands-on understanding of the Gospel and the skills for innovative ministry.
Sylvia was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, and has lived in the United States for more than 40 years. She has lived in Iowa, Wyoming, and in Olathe since 1993. She is married and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. She is the Executive Director of the Center of Grace, a community outreach center downtown Olathe. She enjoys walking, working in her flower garden, time in her hammock, and loves music and mountains.
Rick has been on the Grace UMC music staff since 1996. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Bible, and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. By day, he serves as Executive Director of Heartland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City.
Chandler was raised in a small Missouri town, where he was home schooled with his three brothers. He has been attending Methodist churches since an early age, and after showing a musical interest, he pursued his passion by obtaining a degree in Audio Engineering from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Chandler has been serving Methodist churches in the A/V department since 2014. In his free time, he likes to skateboard, play music, and spend time with his wife, Kristina.
Debbie joined Grace as the Handbell Director in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree is in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Masters in Music Education from UMKC Conservatory of Music. Debbie is an elementary music teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District. In music minsitry, she has worked with students from Pre-K through high school in handbells and choir. Debbie and her husband, Don, have 4 children & 8 grandchildren.
Brian Steele performed with the Kansas City Lyric Opera for 26 seasons, featured in 50 roles in 75 productions. He performed as soloist with the KC Symphony, KC Chamber Orchestra, productions through Kansas City, and in opera companies across the U.S. and Europe. Retired from professional opera performance, he remains active vocally on the worship team at Grace. Brian and his wife, Dian, have 3 children and have been members of Grace for over 40 years.
Pam has been on the music staff at Grace since 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Pam is the Choral Music Director at Olathe NW High School and has worked as a music educator in Kansas since 1991. Pam sings with the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale, and is a featured soloist on several of their CDs. Pam enjoys spending time with husband, Brett, and their sons, Jack, Avery and Cole.
Keith has been on the music staff at Grace since May 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business and Minor in Music, Psychology and Education from Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO. Keith is the Owner/Founder of Sandrock Music Company and is a member of the American Guild of Organists. Keith’s gifts for worship leadership ring out quite clear and his understanding of how organ music both gives foundation and enhances our inspiration and praise of God is unmatched!
Jennifer has been working with young children and families for over 20 years. She has been a Preschool teacher as well as a Program Director prior to working at Grace. She and her husband, Chris, have two teenagers, Cooper and Lexi. Their favorite family event is watching college basketball during March Madness!
Stacy started her career in ministry after working 15 years in Federal Law Enforcement. She has a clear calling from God to guide children and youth into a relationship with Christ. She is married and has one son. If you are with Stacy around meal times—don’t be surprised when you see her munching on peppers of all kinds, not sweet – but the hotter the better! Her favorite “mouth on fire” remedy is to place a pinch of salt underneath the tongue.
Jeff entered the ministry because he desires to help individuals close the gap between their life as it is, and their life as they desire it to be, specifically in their experience and relationship with God. He wants to help individuals know God more fully, to be more authentically themselves, and to make an impact in the world.
Jeff has his master’s degree in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership through Friends University, with degrees in sociology and psychology from Baker University. Jeff has been involved in Christian ministry for the past decade, serving in youth ministry positions at large and small Methodist churches, with his focus centered on mentoring youth and engaging them in both local and international missions.
Jeff enjoys reading, coaching group fitness classes, photography, traveling, and soaking in the beauty of nature. Everyday he is beyond thrilled and humbled to be married to his wife of two years, Caroline.
Grace is a Masters of Divinity student at St. Paul School of Theology. Her ministry passion brings together children’s ministry, one-on-one discipleship and Bible study mentorship, small group formation, and equipping parents to lead faith in the home. If you were to visit Grace at her home, you would learn that she is always working on some sort of project that involves growing food or raising animals. Grace also enjoys teaching and performing violin, and usually has one gig or another on the horizon.
Naomi and her husband, Victor, relocated from Colorado to the Olathe, Kansas area in 2018. Naomi has worked in full-time ministry for more than 15 years, and she has served as a Church Television Producer and Media Director. Naomi recently felt lead to changed her career path to focus more on Communication and Marketing. She has a Bachelors’ Degree in Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing. Naomi and Victor have three children and enjoy hiking, reading, and family vacations.
Steve has spent the last 30 years working in retail management. Most recently he was the District Manager for Goodwill where he oversaw seven stores and nearly 300 employees. During the pandemic he felt that he needed to do something to give back to the community and that brought him to Grace. Steve and his wife Suzanne have been married for 30 years and have two grown daughters and one granddaughter. When Steve isn’t working he enjoys watching movies, spending time with his family and is a huge professional wrestling (WWE) fan.
Charlene and her husband, Mike, moved back to the Kansas City area in June 2020, after job opportunities took them to St. Louis, Ohio, and Tennessee. Throughout her life, Charlene has had a strong calling to serve in the church and has been blessed to work as a director of music and administrative assistant in several United Methodist churches, including service as the founding Director of Music Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Charlene has a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance with a minor in recording arts and a concentration in broadcasting from Minot State University, and a Master of Music in choral conducting from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Charlene and Mike have three grown children and enjoy music, reading, movies, walking, and attending auto shows. She is thrilled to be a part of the Grace UMC community.
Teresa is a long time member, volunteer and music leader at Grace. She has worked as a music educator in the Kansas public schools since 1997 and currently teaches middle school choir at Mission Trail. Teresa also sings in the Celebration Choir, rings in Carillon Choir, and is one of the founding members of Four Joy.
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