Aaron Halvorsen



Family: God’s kindness has given me an incredible wife, Maggie, two daughters, Norah and Diana, and a son, Simon!

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.

Russ Friesen



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



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

Jack Houghton



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

Walt Jost


Family: Wife, Myrna married 37.5 years Son: Luke, and his wife Emily, Son: Jonathan

Hobbies: Hunting-fishing, camping, gardening | Favorite Bible Verse  -  Hebrews 10:24,25 | Favorite Movie: I'm not a big movie buff | Favorite Book: whatever I am currently reading - Show Them Jesus - Klumpenhower | Favorite Food: Verenika and country sausage | Other notable/fun facts about you?  I've been 20' from a grizzly bear in the woods, I've worked in Awana at CBC for 31 years

Dave Lewis



Family:  Pegge and I have four sons.  Geoff (also a member at CBC), Cory (wife Alyson and son Eli) of Olathe, Josh (wife MJ & twin daughters) 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 schoolhouse with outdoor plumbing. I was the salutatorian of my class (there were only two in my class).

Russ Preston


Family: Jane has made me a happily married man for 52 years this May.  We started dating in high school and never got over it.  We have 4 grown children who make us proud and have given us a total of 14 grandchildren to date.  Unfortunately only one of the children lives in the area.  One lives in Portland, Oregon.  And the other two live in Alaska.

Hobbies: Spending time with the six grandchildren who live in the area.   | Favorite Bible Verse:  Proverbs 3:5,6 and Philippians 4:4-8 | Favorite Movie(s):  Rarely watch a movie more than once but I enjoy action and drama with a special fondness for murder mysteries (Agatha Christie, etc.) | Favorite Book(s): Other than the Bible I tend to gravitate toward fiction, especially mysteries. | Other notable/fun facts about you?  (Notable) Survived driving my convertible under an 18 wheeler trailer doing 80 miles an hour.  (Fun) Enjoy going to Branson and watching Sight and Sound theater.  Love traveling to see my children and grandchildren.