Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA


Pastor Ralen Robinson

Ralen Robinson, Associate Pastor email

Pastor Ralen is a native Philadelphian, but don't let that make you think that she only spent time in Pennsylvania. Over a near-decade in ministry, she has worked in the woods of New Jersey, New York's big apple, the metropolis of Boston, the rainforest of Costa Rica, and has even spent a year in the old cities of Jerusalem.

Ralen received her BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Wagner College, where she thrived as a leader in many on-campus and off-campus organizations. Following graduation, Ralen participated in Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), spending a year volunteering and immersing herself in the culture and religious history of Jerusalem and the West Bank. After her year of service, she traveled back to Philadelphia to continue her call to ministry by attending seminary.

While in seminary Ralen worked as a contract chaplain for an inner-city hospital. She wrote for ELCA magazines, which she still does today. Ralen graduated from United Lutheran Seminary in the spring of 2020 receiving a Masters of Divinity and certificate for Black Church studies. Ralen believes her faith and a good pair of shoes can take you a long way.

Royce Shoemaker
Royce Shoemaker

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.

Dakota Bennett
Dakota Bennett

Dakota Bennett, Organist and Interim Choirmasteremail

Dakota is a junior at WSU pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance. He has been playing organ for 5 years and piano for 9; he's been on our staff since 2017. 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, directing the choirs (and whatever else Pastor Mari tells him to do.)

Carole Lyons Osborne
Carol Lyons Osborne

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
Kim Powell

Kim Powell, Childcare Provider

Sunday’s are more special for children with Kim in the church nursery! During the week, Kim teaches Special Education.