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Leadership and 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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Karen Krahn

Karen has been attending Raintree since 2011. She leads and directs our Sunday morning and Wednesday night ministries for children! In those rare moments when she’s convinced herself that she has nothing else she should be doing and the twins are asleep, she’ll slip away to play the piano for a few minutes. But mostly she enjoys spending her time with all three […]

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Will Gough

Will has been going to Raintree for basically his entire life. His responsibilities include coordinating worship practice every sunday morning (and sometimes mid-week, if necessary), and doing whatever set-up is needed so that the stage is prepared for worship. In his spare time he works a part-time job at a grocery store, spends a considerable amount of […]

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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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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. Kim likes to garden and bake. Jeff enjoys running, golf, and renovation projects. They both spend most of their free time with their 5 grandkids!

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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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