Meet Our Team
Rev. Laura Callender, Pastor
I am an Ohio country bumpkin who decided to go off and meet the world, and am still on that amazing adventure! I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree and spent 30 years as a writer, photographer, and editor before surrendering to God's constant call to ordained ministry.
God has blessed me with the opportunity to live and work among people of many different cultures, both here in the US and abroad. Learning from people whose life experiences differ vastly from our own expands our understanding not only of the world, but of God and our own faith. The more I learn, the more I want to know, and the deeper desire to share that learning with others. I received my MDiv from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin in 2013 and became a Board Certified Chaplain, serving in trauma hospitals and later hospice before becoming a full-time pastor.
My husband, Bob Barrall, and I are enjoying this wild ride with God as we get to meet fascinating people who share love for All God's People, and join in the quest to spread that love throughout the world.
Jeremy Faust, Minister of Music
Jeremy Faust is the church organist and leads the Bethel Choir, Bell Choir and a wide variety of special music groups at Bethel. A band director in the North Kansas City School District, Jeremy graduated from Oak Park High School in Kansas City and received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University. He has received his Master's degree in Education Technology from MidAmerica Nazarene University and completed his Education Specialist degree in Secondary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University.
Chad Willis, Accompanist
Chad Willis graduated from Ridgeway R-V Schools and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the College of the Ozark. Before taking the job of accompanist for the Liberty School District, he taught vocal music K-12 for Clever Schools and most recently at Winnetonka High School. He served as Elementary Choral Vice President for the South Central District. He currently sings with the KC Symphony Chorus and has been a member of Springfield Mid-America Singers and Northland Community Choir. Chad stays busy as a keyboardist for musical theater productions in the KC Metro Area.