Our congregation consists of the people who call The Kirk their home, members and guests and neighbors and friends. Our staff seeks to help nurture and empower the work that all of us share together to fulfill our purpose statement as a church.
Chad became our pastor in 2013, after serving as eight years as Associate Pastor at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. Chad’s love for Kansas City runs generations deep, as his parents (from Gladstone and North Kansas City) instilled in him a fondness for the Royals, good BBQ, and, most importantly, the possibilities for God’s goodness and grace to be experienced and shared here.
Chad has served as a board member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, and the advisory team of NEXTChurch (including a 2014 stint as annual conference co-planner). He served as Moderator of Heartland Presbytery in 2010, and has degrees from Grinnell College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Since 2017, Chad has represented Ward One on the Prairie Village City Council. He and his wife Brook Bailey have twin daughters (Nora and Tessa), a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Annie, and a goofball Australian Shepherd puppy named Ryder.
Michelle (Mich) Phillips joined The Kirk in December of 2018. She comes with years of experience in local churches and work on the Presbytery, Synod and National levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Over the years, her passion has become sharing the joy and excitement that faith brings to all. She loves creating fun, and maybe a little unusual, learning environments to bring folks into a new and deeper relationship with God.
Michelle is married to Eddie and together they have twin boys William and Shawn. As a family they love going to Worlds of Fun, jumping on trampolines and watching movies in and out of the movie theater. She is excited to join the The Kirk staff and help continue the great things already happening!
Beth has been office manager since 2005. In addition to welcoming members and visitors to the church, she has administrative, communication, and financial duties. She mostly enjoys getting to know and working with the church members and other staff members.
After graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a BSBA in personnel administration, she began a career in the banking industry, working in Kansas City and New York City. She and her husband, Gary moved into the neighborhood and joined The Kirk in 1993 raising their young children, Mike and Elise here. Over the years, Beth served on many committees, taught Sunday school, and helped coordinate numerous church events. She was ordained a ruling elder in 1999 and served two terms on the Session.
Now that her nest is empty, Beth spends her free time doing genealogy, making jewelry, letting their dogs in and letting them out, repeat, and cooking new recipes with Gary.
Originally from Prairie Village, Kansas, James has served as the Director of Music at The Kirk since 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas and has been involved in worship music for most of his life. Outside of The Kirk, he teaches Middle School Vocal Music in the Blue Valley School District and serves as the Artistic Director of the non-profit organization, Kansas City A Cappella. Additionally he serves as Music Director for several musical productions a year through various theatre companies including Shawnee Mission Theatre In The Park, The Barn Players Community Theatre, and Olathe Civic Theatre.
Eryn has served as The Kirk’s organist and accompanist since 2015, providing musical support to the worship service and choir. A church musician since the age of 12, she believes in the power of music to foster community, to creatively inspire, and to engage people of all ages in worshipful experiences. She also believes that upbeat, jazzy settings of hymn tunes should be played as offertories.
She occupies her time during the week as the Associate Executive Director of the Harriman-Jewell Series, a professional performing arts presenting organization in Kansas City, and she stays actively engaged in the Kansas City arts scene as a musician. Eryn and her husband Steven reside in the Northland with their golden-doodle Indiana, the latter of which despises piano music.