Aaron Halvorsen

Staff Pastor

Aaron began as a Pastor of Community Bible Church in February 2015. Aaron was raised in Spokane, WA and Las Vegas, NV, and earned his BS in Biology from Eastern Washington University in 2008. After serving as an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ in Seattle, WA, he attended Western Seminary in Portland, OR, where he earned his MDiv. There in Portland, he was a charter member and pastoral apprentice of Trinity Church (Mennonite Brethren), and eventually served there as a lay elder. He also was employed by Western Seminary as an administrative assistant for several professors and academic and ministerial programs serving pastors and ministry leaders in the greater Portland area. During this time, he met his wife, Maggie, and they had their first child, Norah. In late 2014, he accepted the call to serve as Lead Pastor of Community Bible Church in Olathe, KS. Since moving to Olathe, Aaron and Maggie have been blessed with three more children – Diana, Simon, and Audrey. Together they love serving the church and raising a family, and are continually living in God’s grace, mercy, kindness, patience, truth, and love.

Pastoral Areas: Preaching/Pulpit | Elder and Staff Formation | Pastoral Apprenticeships | Missions Development

Russ Friesen

Staff Pastor

Russ enjoyed a career in chemistry for several years while also volunteering in youth and music at Community Bible Church, his home church. In June 2001 he joined CBC on a full-time basis. Russ has a B.A. degree in Biology and was also the keyboard player for a contemporary Christian band. He serves the church together with his wife Marilyn and their four children: Libby, Abby, James, and Benjamin.

Pastoral Areas: Corporate Worship | Deacon Leadership | Family Ministries Direction

Shaun LePage

Plant Pastor

Shaun grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Joplin, Missouri, and became a Christian at a Russ Taff concert while in college. He graduated with a BA in Communications from Missouri Southern State College (University) in 1987 and met Elizabeth (Beth) Osborn during his final semester at Missouri Southern. He then served as Media Director for Calvary Baptist Church in Joplin, Missouri, from 1987-1991. Shaun and Beth were married in 1990 and moved to Dallas, Texas, where Shaun earned a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1996. He served as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Worship at Coppell Bible Fellowship in Coppell, Texas, from 1991-2005. During that time, God blessed Shaun and Beth with four children, Hannah, Abigail, Josiah and Lydia. He then became the pastor of Community Bible Church of Lawrence, Kansas (now CityChurch Lawrence), from 2005-2022. During that time God blessed them with two more children, Mary and Elijah. In addition to his role as Plant Pastor at CBC, Shaun is currently serving as the Chairman of the Ministry Studies Department at Calvary University in Kansas City. 

Pastoral Areas: Plant Pastor | Elder

Kris Gerbrandt

Children's Ministry Leader

Kris joined the CBC staff in the Fall of 2018 and has a Bachelors degree in Office Administration (with a Legal Concentration) from Tabor College. She and her husband Kim have been a part of the CBC Family for several years and have three grown children, Callie, Megan, & Aaron. Kris has served the church in several roles within Children's Ministry and in Bible Study Fellowship. 

Josh Lewis

Missions and Youth Ministry Leader

Josh went to KSU from 2006-2011 where he studied Civil Engineering and met his wife MJ. After graduation and less than a year working for an oil company he went overseas to Asia to teach English and advance the Kingdom there. Josh and MJ got married in 2014 and moved to a new location in Asia, and while there Bella and Izzie were born. During the Covid pandemic they were unable to return to Asia and have since then temporarily relocated to Olathe where Josh grew up. A third daughter Ruth was born in 2021, and Josh currently serves as the Missions and Youth Ministry Leader at CBC and also attends Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary online working towards an MTS.

Karla Hiebert

Office Manager

Karla has been attending CBC since early 2005 and recently joined the staff in April 2023. She has a degree in Office Administration from Tabor College. She and her husband Todd have four children, Hannah, Zachary, Simeon and Katelyn. Karla loves to serve the church, along with her husband (and now Hannah), on the worship team and has also been involved in children’s and youth ministry. 

Laura Younger

Media Coordinator

Laura started her career at Hallmark Cards as a graphic designer. She enjoyed the experience but was ready for a career that aligned more with her family’s beliefs and involvement. She joined the staff at Community Bible Church in January 2023. Laura and her husband, Cole, have two kids, Breckyn and Halle. They love serving the church and getting to know its people.

Kathy King

Ministry Coordinator

Kathy has served as Ministry Coordinator and in a variety of ministries at Community Bible Church since October 1990. She has a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University. Kathy and her husband Dale have two adult daughters and five grandchildren.