Community is the heart of how I understand and express my faith. What we believe only makes sense when it is acted out in our relationships with others. Growing up on a farm near Arnold in central Nebraska, I learned the importance of friends, neighbors and fellow church members. The community served the needs of families. It is a privilege and a great joy to be a member of the St. Luke community and to serve on this staff. I invite you to check out our faith community at St. Luke.
I have served churches in Madison and Norfolk, Nebraska. I have also been a Church & Community Worker with the Nebraska Rural Ministries Project, an Organizer for Community Organizing in Nebraska, a licensed funeral director and a mediator.
At this time, my wife Cindy works as an Audiologist at Children's Hospital & Medical Center and is an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. We met as co-eds at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After getting married I attended seminary at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.
Our son Sean graduated from Doane College and now lives and works in Omaha.
Chuck’s desire to help people led him to St. Luke United Methodist Church. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and for 34 years, teaching and educational leadership were his professional focus. During his education career, Chuck was a high school principal for eleven years and a school administrator for 22 years. Through this work, he saw on a daily basis the need to help children and their families. It has always been Chuck’s mission to serve communities and help students be successful in life. He views this as part of God’s work in the world.
As a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Chuck has taught adult education classes, focusing on strengthening relationships and helping others grow in their faith journey. Chuck loves teaching and learning and is drawn to serve God as a part of the United Methodist Church by continuing to promote tolerance, help others, and fight for the less fortunate in all that he does.
Chuck lives in Omaha with his wife Kathy, they have three children, Jeff, Elizabeth and Alex.
Sarah has been a member of St. Luke for seven years, along with her husband Chris and two children. She has volunteered with youth and has been a Sunday School teacher during those years. When the opportunity of Children & Youth Ministry Director presented itself, she felt it was a calling. Leaving her job of 20+ years, she now feels very blessed to be part of the St. Luke community. Sarah enjoys being involved with children and seeing youth grow in their faith along with forming lifelong friendships.
Chris has been shaped to be who he is currently by some of the following factors: Jesus. Travel. Nachos. Football. Technology. Coffee. Reading. Music, the outdoors and loyal friends. But ask him why he has not eaten a banana in over 40 years?
He has had the privilege to travel and live all around the world, having opportunities to expand his education while serving with many new people. From the jungles of Guyana to the desert peoples of North Africa. From refugee camps in El Salvador to youth camps in Estonia. From the mountains of Chile to the temples of Angkor Watt in Cambodia, Chris has discovered that God is GOD everywhere.
Chris best understands faith to be about life giving conversations, loving community and commitment to serve the world Jesus loves.
His childhood dream of living in the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory remains currently unfulfilled. Sighs. Although he still searches for his golden ticket. Until that time, he resides in NW Omaha.
Chris loves his work with the young people of St. Luke UMC. Ask him why and he will tell you. "Some of the early disciples may have been teenagers. I guess you could say Jesus was leading a YOUTH group of sorts. Those young people went on to change the world. I want to work with future world changers and lovers of people."
Chris is married to his beautiful wife Sarah. He has 3 kids--2 grown daughters and a middle school aged son. He is also a grandparent, AKA “Grand Dawg,” to an adorable toddler.
Brendan has been musical all his life and has studied both choral and instrumental music; he loves to sing and plays many instruments. Brendan loves to conduct, teach and share music with others. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Brendan has been a member of St. Luke since 2009. He was married to his wife at St. Luke in 2010 and they now have a son together. Brendan and his family like to explore national parks on their vacations and are working toward visiting every one.
Joan Young is the Organist for the worship services and serves as accompanist for the Chancel Choir. She also serves as Organist for weddings and funerals held at St. Luke. Joan has a Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State College.
Betsy is a longtime member of St. Luke. Her first handbell experience was as a ringer in the church’s newly formed Chancel Ringers in 1990. She continued as a ringer for six years and then took over as director of the group in 1996. Betsy graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in instrumental music education and served as band director for the Bennington Public Schools for fifteen years. She continues as a music educator today, teaching private flute lessons in her home studio, and frequently serving as a clinician and adjudicator. Betsy loves singing in the Chancel Choir and playing the occasional flute accompaniment. She is a member of the Nebraska Wind Symphony, has served on its board as treasurer, and is presently secretary for the group. Betsy loves using music as a tool to inspire, to worship, and to bring people together. Betsy’s husband, Lee, teaches at Omaha North High School and her daughter, Kathleen, is a clinical psychologist. Of course, her toddler grandson, Sebastian, already loves music!
As is true with a number of others on St. Luke's staff, Sherrie Lindsey does not attend St. Luke for worship; however, her heart and energy are here every weekday (as well as in the off-hours). She has enjoyed the challenge of coordinating St. Luke's offices and serving as assistant to the Senior Pastor, as well as helping coordinate the Child Development Programs. Her responsibilities include communications, building and grounds, personnel and human resources, overseeing the front office, and a lot of little things that don't seem to fit anyone else's job description. Two of the aspects she likes most about her work at St. Luke are the quality of people she works with and the fact that her job has never been the same any two years in a row. Sherrie and her husband, John, have two grown daughters.
I am Adventurous! I love the outdoors and play all sports; my favorite is volleyball. I am a people, kids and dog lover! I like all kinds/types of music. I always have music playing in the background from the moment I open my eyes. I love to sing! I am outgoing and love challenge. I tend to find the best in people. I have four beautiful children: Diamond 22, Michelle 20, Joseph 14 and Arianna 13. I love God and love being in His Presence! Right now I am living one of my dreams, to be able to work for a church and I thank St Luke United Methodist Church for this awesome opportunity; I look forward to meeting all of you!
Randy and his family have been members of St. Luke for over 25 years. He recently retired from working in accounting and finance for almost 40 years. The past 30 years his job consisted primarily of financial analysis for the Nebraska Medicine system. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, for over 35 years. They met while playing co-ed softball on Sunday afternoons. She is active in the St. Luke choir. Randy and Cindy have two sons and one granddaughter. Randy enjoys spending time with family, road trips, trains, Bruce Springsteen, and watching sports, especially Husker football and the College World Series.
Brian has been a member of St. Luke for 24 years. As someone who has grown up a part of the St. Luke church, he has been able to grow and strengthen his walk with God. When the opportunity of becoming the audio-visual person presented itself, he felt it was a calling. He has always liked the technical side of things and he can't wait to grow more and to help make St. Luke the best it can be. Brian enjoys being involved anywhere in the church that presents itself and helping to make all visitors that enter St. Luke feel welcome. As we enter into a new phase of St. Luke, he plans to help bring new ideas into the worship services that all members and visitors will enjoy.
As a child, Dale's family were members of St. Paul UMC. More recently, his oldest sister and husband and their family were members of St. Luke. Over six year ago, Dale's sister, Rhoni Lantz, became ill, and he spent five years taking care of her until her passing in 2012. Dale has three daughters and one son. In his free time, he likes wood carving art.
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