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, 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 serves on two synodical committees and is the Vice 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 (at least this week) is “All the People Said Amen.”
Rev. Kristin Woelk, Associate Pastor, email
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 aftercollege, 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.
Pastor Kristin came to serve alongside the people of Reformation in September 2007. While involved in many aspects of ministry, she has a special focus in youth and education. Her passion for outdoor ministry led to seven years on the board of Camp Tomah Shinga, and while her service on the board has ended, she still loves to get to camp as often as possible.
Kristin and her husband, Steven, enjoy outdoor activities – and have recently invested in bikes and kayaks! Kristin also loves to be crafty and to bake – just ask her about her Christmas Cookie Baking Extravaganza with her mom.
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.
Kristal Cutler, Director of Choirs, email
Kristal started her music journey at the age of four and is grateful to her parents and teachers for giving her the gift of music! For the past 32 years, Kristal has enjoyed directing and teaching music in various genres (choral, instrumental, and theatre) privately and professionally. She teaches at Wichita Southeast High School and is the Director of Instrumental Music, instructing over 200 students in band, orchestra, and jazz band. Kristal and her husband, Robert, appreciate living in Wichita. They have four adult children and five grandchildren and one cat. When not teaching, parenting, and/or grand parenting, Kristal and Rob love going to the movies, riding bikes, and making music!
Dakota Bennett, Organ
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!