Scripture is clear about our role as pastors, and even though everyone you’ll read about below is a licensed, ordained minister with years of study and experience, we know that’s not what matters most.
Our job is to give ministry away, not keep it to ourselves. The Apostle Paul [himself a leader in the early days of the church] said it this way:
Christ gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service. [Ephesians 4:11]
Please don’t get us wrong; we love serving together as a team! Just know that we consider ourselves to be a regular part of the church family who happen to be entrusted with the task of making sure everyone figures out what it looks like to serve God’s Kingdom together.
Enjoy meeting the team!
:: JIm Wood ::
Jim serves as Lead Pastor, shares preaching & teaching responsibilities, and oversees the OWC Management Team (comprised of the OWC Campus, KidZone Learning Center, Mosaikon Comunidad de Fe, Immigrant Connection, and The Counseling Center). Additionally, Jim serves with PastorServe, an organization which greatly assist pastors and churches in reaching their full redemptive potential.
In his spare time, Jim enjoys making homemade pizzas (they’re so good, he should probably open his own business!), downhill skiing anywhere there’s fresh powder, and planning his next international adventure.
Jim’s ‘one thing’…
“Life is about learning to love God and love other people — all of them — and spending one’s life expanding His Kingdom footprint.”
:: Ken DePeal ::
Ken serves as Campus Pastor and is a member of the OWC Management Team. Ken shares preaching & teaching responsibilities in our Sunday Gatherings, directs Xaos student ministries and GuyTime men’s ministries, and also oversees our web and social media presence. Additionally, Ken sings and plays keys as a part of the OWC Worship Team, and enjoys leading people in meaningful, modern worship.
In his spare time, Ken enjoys exploring Kansas City with his wife, Karen; catching up with his sons, Mason & Marcus; finding a great cup of coffee; and cheering for all things Michigan — the Tigers, Red Wings, and Wolverines. [But please note: He DOES, in fact, own a Royals shirt!]
Ken’s ‘one thing’…
“I grew up in a great church, but as a teenager I was often [and unfortunately] a world-class hypocrite. I’ve spent the past two decades getting serious about God, and it’s my desire to help people move toward an authentic, transparent encounter with Christ.”
:: Genetta Herrera ::
Genetta serves as an Assistant Pastor, and is also a member of the OWC Management Team. Genetta shares preaching & teaching responsibilities in our Sunday Gatherings, and — though not exclusively a Children’s Pastor — oversees our KidZone Children’s Ministry expressions. Additionally, Genetta serves as the KidZone Learning Center Director, a full-service Daycare & Preschool / Pre-K that employs twenty-seven staff and cares for over seventy children.
In her spare time, Genetta loves opening her home to everybody she meets, talking to complete strangers with hope that they’ll begin following Jesus, and picking food from Jim’s most recent dish at Bobo’s [or eating dried kale chips with hummus — YUM!]
Genetta’s ‘one thing’…
“I would rather run full force, hit the wall, and die… who wants to take life easy?! You can’t reach people if you don’t connect, so I try to spend every waking moment reaching out to anybody and everybody.”
:: Of Special Note ::
Though Daniel no longer serves in an official staff capacity at OWC, he is still a vital part of the OWC Teaching Team, sharing preaching & teaching responsibilities in our Sunday Gatherings. Daniel serves as an adjunct professor at a variety of Christian universities — Indiana Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Central Christian College, and MidAmerica Nazarene University — teaching courses in Biblical studies and leadership.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys catching up on his favorite shows, eating fruits & vegetables, ordering highly specialized dishes off the Olive Garden menu [go with him sometime; it’s quite the event!], and driving Arthur wherever he needs to go.
Daniel’s ‘one thing’…
“I grew up in a church that taught God was mad at me and all humanity. I’ve discovered God isn’t mad at His creation — His love is unconditional, and I desire for my small piece of the world to know that truth and live up to it.”