John Gillespie: Pastor
John and his wife Tessa have pastored in the UK and USA for almost forty years. They have also had the privilege of traveling to many Majority World (“Third World”) nations, training and loving pastors with Global Training Network. John and Tessa have seven children and an ever-growing gang of grandchildren.
Ricky Sands: Associate Pastor of Youth & Family
Ricky joined the staff at Westbrooke in 2018 after faithfully serving his home church for 4 years. He graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency. He is currently working towards his Master of Theological Studies with an emphasis in Preaching and Pastoral Ministries at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ricky is passionate about the discipleship of the believer and equipping the saints for the work of ministry. This can be examined in his work with our children, youth, and family programs at Wesbrooke, his own family, and his preaching. Ricky met his wife in 2008 and they were married in 2012. They have two boys, Finnegan and Charlie, who have become the resident mascots of the Westbrooke Student Ministry. Ricky enjoys spending time with his family, watching random YouTube videos, picking on a guitar, journaling, local coffee, theology, and reading.
Ricky’s life verse is Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Chad Sebby: Pastor of Worship & Discipleship
Chad has been part of the Westbrooke Church staff since 2014. He has lead worship and served in a variety of ministry settings since graduating from Trinity International University. With a deep love of music and worship he has a passion to bring people together, for a single purpose of praising our great God. Chad sees a deep connection in going deeper with God personally, as a disciple of Jesus, discipling others, being in a gospel-centered community and powerful corporate worship. He is excited to be partnering with the Westbrooke Church family in pointing people to Jesus regardless of the setting; home groups, bible studies, outreach, one-on-one or in the corporate worship environment. Chad has been married to Renae since 2007. He has three children. He also loves to read, hike, travel and spend time in Colorado with his family.
Titus 3:4-5a “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy…”
Clint Hall: Pastor Emeritus
Clint Hall has been a pastor at Westbrooke Church since 1986 and he has stories to tell!! Clint has been at Westbrooke so long that he is now officiating at marriages for young people he dedicated as babies. Clint and his wife Linda have 9 grown children and 12 grandchildren together, and have only been married since July 2018. Be sure to contact Clint about that one!
Mark Whiting: Administrator
Mark and his wife, Kay, are long time members of Westbrooke, first attending in 1986. He’s been an active member including teaching Sunday School for over 20 years and currently serving as an elder. He retired from a long business career when the Lord told him “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on.” (Dt 1:6-7a) Mark and Kay married in 1980 and raised four great kids. He loves to stay active and is an avid tennis player.
A favorite verse of Mark’s is “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
Judy Uecker: Director of Children’s Ministry
Judy Uecker and her husband, Dennis, and daughter, Annie, have attended Westbrooke since June 2018. Judy is a native of Kansas, growing up in Pretty Prairie, and has lived in the Kansas City area since 1991. Judy has been involved in full-time vocational ministry for 30 years, serving mainly in churches; her main experience has been as office administrator and pastor’s wife. Dennis and Judy married in 2001; Dennis’s first wife was deceased leaving 6 children. Judy adopted the 4 children that Dennis and his first wife had adopted some years earlier. Judy enjoys organizing the Sunday morning Children’s Ministry volunteers and serving alongside them in ministering to the children at Westbrooke. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path,” has been one of her favorite passages throughout life.
Lori Ballew: Office Coordinator
Lori and Jim have been attending Westbrooke since 2017. Lori will likely be the one to answer the phone or emails during the week at the church. She joined the staff as Office Coordinator in 2019. She graduated from Mid America Nazarene University and home educated six children. Both miraculous stroke survivors, she and Jim enjoy their grandsons, walking, games and travel. Her prayer for herself and Westbrooke – “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense ‘til the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10
Lauren Wilson: Communications Secretary
Lauren has attended Westbrooke since 2011 after she and her family relocated to Overland Park from the Atlanta area. She is an art education graduate from the University of Georgia and taught elementary and middle school art for 6 years before taking time off to raise her family. She and her husband Rob have been married since 2004 and have two energetic and creative daughters. Joining the office staff in 2015, Lauren has thoroughly enjoyed creating visuals for Westbrooke, as well as keeping the church body informed through our communication outlets. A favorite set of Bible verses is Lamentations 3: 22 – 23, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope; because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Richard Taylor: Custodian
Richard has faithfully served Westbrooke for 30+ years now! He was born in Independence, MO and now calls Lenexa home.
Elders: Pastor John Gillespie, Scott Kalivoda, Alex Keimach, Kenny Rutzmoser, Mike Sullivan, Mark Whiting