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Leadership and Staff

Staff

Ryan Gilbert

Ryan joined Raintree as Lead Pastor in 2015. Ryan and Lauryn have one son (Jacob) who was born in 2014, and they are also foster parents. Lauryn is a stay-at-home mom, loves reading anything and everything, and is passionate about 1-on-1 discipleship. Ryan plays trumpet, listens to big band jazz, and bleeds purple for his Horned Frogs (TCU)! Along […]

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Stephen Buller

Stephen joined the Raintree staff in May of 2016, two weeks after getting married to Grace! He is originally from Goodland, KS, went to Calvary Bible College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Student Ministry, and will be starting a Masters in Biblical Studies in the Fall. “I have a passion and vision […]

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Laurel Rogers

Laurel joined Raintree as Interim Children’s Director in 2018. She leads and directs our Sunday morning and Wednesday night ministries for children! She is from the Alberquerque-area and has schooling and work experience in speech pathology. She is a student at Midwestern Seminary, and she plans to graduate in May of 2019.

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Matthew Warford

Matthew and his wife Sarah joined the church in 2016. They have three children; Samuel (6) Emmett (4) and Norah (1.5). Matthew is from Newton, Kansas and has lived in the Kansas City area since 1997. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Environmental Science; Natural Resources and Conservation. […]

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Robin Erisman

Robin has been attending Raintree since the beginning. She’s been part of the Parent’s Day Out program since it started in 2006, and has been the director since 2010. While there are so many details that go into organizing Parent’s Day Out, she especially enjoys just being around all the wonderful teachers, children, and their […]

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Karen Lucy

Karen starting attending Raintree with her family in 1999, and began working with the finances in 2003. Karen likes walking trails to experience nature and road trips. She has two married daughters, and 3 grandchildren! One of her favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own […]

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Adam Ingle

Adam comes from the St. Louis area, having grown up a pastor’s kid and attended Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO. He joins Raintree through the Timothy Track Program at Midwestern Seminary, where he is pursuing a Masters of Divinity. As a pastoral intern, he will be serving in different roles at Raintree for this school-year, […]

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Joe Cerra

Joe and Reba were part of a team that helped plant the church in 1989. Joe is a Project Manager with a roofing company. He also has a degree in Atmospheric Science and enjoys following the weather and giving forecasts, as well as following KU basketball. Reba is a homemaker and grateful to be available […]

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Jeff Fitzgerald

Jeff and Kim have been going to Raintree for 6 years. Kim works for the State Courts in Cass County, and Jeff is a Sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Jeff leads Raintree’s First Impressions team, and preaches occasionally. Kim likes to garden and bake. Jeff enjoys running, golf, and renovation projects. They both spend most […]

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Jim Holmberg

Jim and Barbara joined Raintree just after the church was founded. Jim has spent 35 years at Z-International pushing pressure sensitive labels and office products in all forms. Barbara has spent time being there for Jim and the kids and volunteering in many different ways. Both are “retired”, so Jim has a lot of time […]

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Vergil Nelson

Vergil and Kathy came to Raintree in July of 2009. It was then that they retired from being missionaries with TEAM (team.org) for 38 years in Taiwan. Vergil’s hobby is collecting used stamps, Kathy’s is trying new recipes. They like to read in their spare time and watch Perry Mason, which is a show that the Lead Pastor had […]

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Jim Lucht

Jim and Joy came to Raintree in 2005 after 22 years in pastoral ministry. Jim has previously served as Associate Pastor and elder at Raintree, and currently leads the men’s ministry as well as the Raintree Institute. He also is currently a Masters student at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City. He and Joy like to […]

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Jim Bean

Jim and Jan Bean became part of Raintree about 1 year into the beginning of its existence (around 1991). They have 3 kids and 5 grandkids. Jim served as deacon for a long time before becoming an elder, and has also served in the children’s ministry and helped fill in to lead small groups. Jim […]

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