Meet the Staff

Our team has a heart for leading people to life in Christ. Working in ministry often means there's little time for other interests, but we manage to squeeze in a little fun now and then. To catch a glimpse of our personalities and hobbies, hover over a team member's photo. Enjoy! Our gratitude to TBCer Stacey Lawrenz Zoll for taking our photos!

 
 

PASTORAL STAFF

Jim Congdon, Lead Pastor

Hometown: Portland, OR
Spouse: Melody  
Childhood ambition: to be a great husband and father
Hobbies: golf, reading, archaeology
If he could have one superpower it would be: invisibility
Most influential read: the Bible (of course!)
Personal heroes: Luis Palau, Haddon Robinson, Chip Pollard

 

Doug Will, Executive Pastor

Hometown: Denison, KS
Spouse: Paula
Childhood ambition: cartography
Hobbies: playing piano, attending his sons' athletic events, going to the gym
Favorite part of his work: helping men develop their leadership skills in the home and at work and helping the TBC staff further hone their skills to impact others for Christ
Most influential read: Know Why You Believe by Paul Little
Wishes he had this superpower: the ability to be in multiple places at the same time
Personal hero: his dad, an "incredible example of what it means to be a godly man"

 

Hank Nelson, Pastor of Care

Hometown: Golf, IL
Spouse: Nan
Childhood ambition: something in the sports world
Hobbies: cheering on the Cubs, exercising, the outdoors
Favorite part of his work: being able to help lead people to life in Christ
Dream travel destination: adventure activities in New Zealand
Most influential read: outside the Bible, Victory Over the Darkness by Neil Anderson/Freedom in Christ Ministry
Personal heroes: growing up it was Ron Santo, 3rd baseman for the Chicago Cubs

 

Jason Brent, Children's Pastor

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Spouse: Angie
Childhood ambition: Teaching or ministry
Hobbies: rehabbing broken down houses
Favorite part of his work: getting to know families and teaching children
Most people don't know that I'd like to: live in a yurt for a season of my life
Personal heroes: Dave Ramsey, Reggie Joiner, CS Lewis

 

Derek Rowe, Student Ministry Pastor

Hometown: Waukegan, IL
Spouse: Gabby
Childhood ambition: becoming an attorney
Hobbies: ultimate frisbee, creative writing
Favorite part of his work: connecting with students
Would like to travel to: Greece
Personal heroes: Atom Ant

 

Joe Dalfonso, Young Adults Pastor

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Spouse: Rebekah
Childhood ambition: to be a geographer
Hobbies: hockey, swing dancing, mountain biking, theology
Favorite part of his work: connecting young adults with each other and seeing them make the most of this unique season in their lives by going all out for God (Eph. 5:15)
Would like to travel to: Israel
Personal heroes: Besides Jesus, Paul the Apostle

 

Patty Diliberto, Women's Ministry Director

Hometown: Arvada, CO
Spouse: Nat
Childhood ambition: always wanted to sing and dance
Hobbies: reading, decorating, spending time with grandkids
Favorite part of her work: helping women discover who they are in Christ, and urging them on toward a greater love and devotion to him
Dream travel destination: Italy
Most influential book: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
If I could have one superpower it would be: to change difficult circumstances for people

 

Nat Diliberto, Facilities Manager

Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Spouse: Patty
Childhood ambition: becoming a musician
Special talent: makes a mean batch of popcorn
Favorite part of his work: seeing the facility completely ready and prepared for Sunday worship
Most influential books: from the Bible - book of John and 1 John
If I could have one superpower it would be: flying

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Jeremiah Devine, Worship Arts Pastor

Hometown: Hutchinson, KS
Spouse: Amanda
Childhood ambition: teach music and direct a choir and orchestra
Hobbies: water skiing, camping, travel, musical theatre, landscaping
Favorite part of his work: experiencing God's presence with others
Most influential books: The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
Personal hero: my father

 

Sam Reid, Technical Arts Director

Hometown: Berryton, KS
Spouse: Jessie
Childhood ambition: to be an architect or President of the United States
Hobbies: snow skiing, shooting firearms, boating, playing in the sand at the beach
Favorite part of his work: encouraging, coaching, loving and inspiring the volunteers on my team
Wishes he had this superpower: to be able to move at the speed of light
Would like to: snow ski on every continent
 

 

Teresa Jenkins, Communications Director

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Spouse: Justin
Childhood ambition: become a legislator
Hobbies: hiking, watching classic movies from the 40s and 50s
Favorite part of her work: using her skills and talents to serve our church family and the Lord
Most influential books: book of Philippians, Financial Peace and the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Dreams of traveling to: every single US National Park in an RV with her husband

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Chrissy Bolze, Receptionist

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Childhood ambition: becoming a veterinarian
Hobby: playing games and watching her children's sporting events
Favorite part of her work: helping staff get administrative work done
Most influential books: Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Dream travel destination: wherever God's mission takes her
My heroes are: God and my mama!

 

Laura Fluke, Nursery Coordinator

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Childhood ambition: to become a music teacher
Hobbies: scrapbooking
Favorite part of her work: being around kids, teaching them the Bible and preschool concepts
Most influential books: You are My "I Love You"
Dreams of traveling to: Disneyworld
My personal hero is: My husband. He pushes me to be more Christlike. 

 

Tom Green, Housekeeping Director

Hometown: South Hutchinson, KS
Childhood ambition: to become a lawyer, preacher, US senator
Hobbies: kayaking, golf, softball, officiating youth sports
Favorite part of his work: the cooking he gets to do as a church volunteer
Most influential books: the Bible, Frank Herbert's Dune series, Chronicles of Narnia
If he could have a superpower it would be: to cure the ill
Dreams of traveling to: the Holy Land

 

Ken Mahner, Maintenance Director

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Childhood ambition: farming
Hobbies: enjoying his La-Z-Boy recliner, Big 12 basketball, Pioneer Boys Club
Favorite part of his work: getting the right part to do the right job (it's harder than it sounds)
Most influential books: the Bible, Kävik the Wolf Dog by Walt Morey
If he could have a superpower it would be: invisibility
Dreams of traveling to: Israel

 

Leoti Masterson, Executive Assistant

Hometown: Minot, ND
Spouse: Doug
Childhood ambition: to be an archaeologist in Israel
Hobbies: digital scrapbooking, needlework
Favorite part of her work: anything involving creative design or organization
Dream destination: New Zealand
Most influential reads: A Case for Faith by Lee Strobel; The Shack by Wm Paul Young, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi and Imagine Heaven by John Burke
Personal hero: My dad

 

Lori Tennyson, Student Ministry Assistant

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Spouse: Mike
Childhood ambition: Journalism (but now she wants to be a defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs!)
Hobbies: watching football, playing trivia
Favorite part of her work: Spending time with students and seeing them grow in their relationship with the Lord!
Most influential read: Lord, I Need Grace to Make it Today, Kay Arthur
Personal hero: Grandma Scofield