Elders

Gene Carlisle

Elder

genec43@gmail.com

Family:  Janet (wife), 6 children, 18 grandchildren

Hobbies:  Bowling, playing the sax, playing golf, fishing (but haven’t golfed and gone fishing lately).  Also playing table games with Janet. -- Favorite Bible Verses:  Lam. 3:22-24; Prov. 3:5,6  -- Favorite Movie(s):   “Second-Hand Lions”; “Chariots of Fire”; “Moms Night Out” (which led to me having a stroke after laughing so hard). -- Favorite Book(s):  The reprinted novels by George MacDonald; C.S. Lewis novels -- Favorite Food(s):  My 3 favorite foods are desserts, desserts, & desserts (mostly donuts).  Also grilled salmon and Chinese cuisine. -- Other notable/fun facts about you?   I’ve tried having pets but haven’t been very successful:  several cats now buried in a backyard; gold fish (plus other varieties) faced the fate of flushing.  But the cats and fish did receive full honors at family memorial services.  Also tried hermit crabs…for a while.  Did you know that you are supposed to feed them occasionally…maybe a raisin once a month or so? I did have better luck raising my daughters however.  We enjoy family vacations together.  I enjoy studying and teaching the Word of God…and ministering to the needs of others in various ways.   


Dale Franz

Elder

dtfranz1@gmail.com

Family:  Wife, Elli, four adult children and 3 grandchildren.  Wife Elli; daughter Juli (husband Ryan and granddaughter Ruby); son Karl; son Jesse (wife Kristina); daughter Heidi (grandkids Miriam and Mackenzie)

Hobbies:  Frisbee golf, shooting clay pigeons -- Favorite Bible Verse:  Favorite 100 maybe? Too many great ones to have a favorite! -- Favorite Movie:  “What about Bob?”  - - Favorite Book:  The Bible -- Favorite Food:  No way to limit this to one! -- Other Notable/fun facts about you?  I like puns and playing with words


Russ Friesen

Elder/Pastor

rfriesen@cbckansas.org

Family:  I’ve been blessed with an amazing wife, Marilyn (married in 1989), and four awesome kids: Libby, Abby, James, and Benjamin.

Hobbies:  I enjoy spending time with family, riding bike, playing/listening to music, and following the KC Royals (win or lose – I’m a loyal fan).  I enjoy sports and support all our home teams.  Is Dr Pepper a hobby? -- Favorite Bible Verse:  My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.  Other top passages include Jeremiah 17:7-8, John 5:24, Romans 12:12, and Philippians 2:5-11. -- Favorite Movie(s): Sports movies, especially “The Natural” and “Field of Dreams”.  Other classics for me are PIXAR “Cars” and “The Princess Bride”. -- Favorite Book(s):  The Chronicles of Narnia series were fun to read when I was younger, and they were even more fun to read to my kids as they grew up.  My favorite book (besides the Bible, of course…) is probably A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God.  Recent favorites include Paul Tripp’s devotional book New Morning Mercies and Bryan Chapell’s Christ-Centered Worship.  (I’m learning to make space for reading, so my stack keeps getting higher). -- Favorite Food(s):  In-N-Out Burger (kind of a drive, but it’s worth it when I get to one, which is about every 2-3 years) -- Other notable/fun facts about you?  CBC has been my home church since I was 3. It’s such a privilege to serve in the church I grew up in, where so many people have impacted me spiritually and encouraged me in my walk as a follower of Jesus. Other stuff: In my teens and 20s I played keyboard in a contemporary Christian band with 3 others from CBC (Life Forever – get your cassettes while they last); studied biology in college; worked several years in the chemistry field; collect root beer bottles (thanks mainly to those who’ve noticed and have added to the collection in my office); learned the value of a quality bike helmet.


Kim Gerbrandt

Elder

kcgerb@gmail.com

Family: Wife: Kris, Kiddos: Callie, Megan, & Aaron

Hobbies:  bicycling, working around the house -- Favorite Bible Verse:  Colossians 1; James 1 -- Favorite Movie(s):  “Unforgiven” -- Favorite Book(s): I've liked stuff by David McCullough, Tom Clancy -- Favorite Food(s): chips and salsa -- Other notable/fun facts about you?  I've never seen The Little Mermaid but my dog is named Ariel


Aaron Halvorsen

Elder/Pastor

ahalvorsen@cbckansas.org

Family: God’s kindness has given me an incredible wife, Maggie, two daughters, Norah and Diana, along with a baby on the way!

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, hockey, movies, card games, and video games. I’m always down for a good round of Mario Kart or Smash Bros. -- Favorite Bible Verse:  Romans 8:1; There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. -- Favorite Movie: The movie of my childhood; The Transformers: The Movie (the 1986 cartoon, not the more recent Michael Bay iterations/transgressions). -- Favorite Book: Charles Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students. -- Favorite Food:  It’s real hard to beat a good steak, though a good chocolate chip cookie might do it. And moving to Kansas has turned me into a BBQ lover. -- Other notable/fun facts about you? I once rolled two buncos in a row; which may very well be my peak life accomplishment.


John Hood

Elder

john.hood.kc@gmail.com

Family:  Wife - Nancy; Daniel, Rachel, Elijah, Josiah & Annalise Matlack; Jake & Michelle Petty; David; Lester & Bekah Joash; Ruth 5 adult children: (3 daughters are married) and 3 grandchildren

Hobbies: Outdoor activities with Nancy -- Favorite Bible Verse: The one God is using to speak to my heart that day! -- Favorite Movie:  “Fiddler on the Roof” -- Favorite Book(s): Traveling Light, a study on the book of Galatians - God used that study to significantly change my heart & redirect my path; A Call to Spiritual Reformation - Priorities from Paul & His Prayers.  If I have some time to aimlessly read, a John Grisham novel would do it! -- Favorite Food(s):  Popcorn and any other junk food with lots of carbohydrates which may somewhat explain my overweight condition! -- Other notable/fun facts about you? Not sure, what someone may think is notable or fun, but if you take me out to coffee we can explore that (as long as you share fun facts about yourself)!


Jack Houghton

Elder

jackahoughton@gmail.com

Family: Yes and I love them all! 

Hobbies: Motorcycles and working around the land -- Favorite Bible Verse: Too many to name but Galatians 6:2 is one -- Favorite -- Movie: Witness for the Prosecution (B&W) with Sir Charles Laughton -- Favorite Book: The Bible of course -- Favorite Food: Lori’s Chicken Marsala -- Other: I am color blind, I was on Good Morning America and I AM funny


Matt Just

Elder

thejusts@gmail.com

Family:   Wife: Susan, Kiddos: Ryan, Ben, & Madison

Hobbies:   I mostly spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy grilling. -- Favorite Bible Verse:   “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:21. -- Favorite Movie(s):   I don't watch many movies, but I generally enjoy documentaries or anything about nature. -- Favorite Book(s):   I don't have a favorite.  I recently read The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer and it was impactful. -- Favorite Food(s): Anything grilled or Mexican food. -- Other notable/fun facts about you? I enjoy tinkering with computers and have even built a few.


Chris LaBelle

Elder

chris@3nerds.com

Family: Wife, Bonnie, son, Dominic, and dog, Fletcher

Hobbies:  Writing/playing music, robotics with my son, reading -- Favorite Bible Verse:  Colossians 2:13-14 -- Favorite Movie(s):  “Braveheart”, “Empire Strikes Backs" -- Favorite Book(s): Holiness by Grace (Bryan Chapell), The Bible and the Future (Anthony Hoekema), The Gospel Driven Life (Michael Horton), The Hole in Our Holiness (Kevin DeYoung) -- Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers -- Other notable/fun facts about you?  I own a web business called 3 Nerds and a Server (3nerds.com) and play harmonica on occasion.


Dave Lewis

Elder

dalewis98@yahoo.com

Family:  Pegge and I have four  sons.   Geoff (also a member at CBC), Cory (wife Alyson and son Eli) of Olathe, Josh (wife MJ) of Lanzhou, China and Nate of Olathe.

Hobbies:  Reading, camping, music, vegetable gardening, tinkering -- Favorite Bible Verse:  Joshua 24:2-15 “…as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord”. -- Favorite Movie:  The Shawshank Redemption (filmed in Pegge’s hometown; some of our friends were extras in this movie) -- Favorite Book(s):  John Grisham novels, Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan -- Favorite Food(s):  Steak and Potato -- Other notable/fun facts about you?  I am from a small town of 98 people and first attended school in a two room school house with outdoor plumbing. I was the salutatorian of my class (there were only two in my class).