And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. – Ephesians 4:11-13

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!

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"

 

Nat Diliberto, Pastor of Care & Facilities Manager (part-time)

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

 

Hank Nelson, Pastor of Care (part-time)

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

 

Connor Kraus, Student Ministry Pastor

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Spouse: Hannah
Childhood ambition: to be a vet
If I could have one superpower, it would be: time control (unlimited naps!)
Dream travel destination: hiking in Alaska
Most influential book: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carneige, The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Most people don’t know that: I went skydiving for my 18th birthday

 

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 (Update: She got to go in 2018!)
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

 

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
Spouse: Dustin
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
Spouse: Ruth
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 (deceased)
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

 

 

Rachel Gardner, Worship Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Wichita, KS
Childhood ambition: To be an adult! (or a ballerina)
Hobbies: singing, writing, making silly faces, dog-mommin’, volunteering, studying foreign language, enjoying winter. She also enjoys establishing portmanteaus (when one combines two words to make one, new word. Think “ginormous” [giant+enormous]. “Rachel has a ginormous sense of humor!”)
If she could have one superpower it would be: To understand immediately upon meeting a person all that has shaped their life AND THEN be able to teleport us to their favorite spot in the world.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? God has allowed me the privilege to observe beauty in 11 countries, 5 continents, and 37 states; still, His saturation of serenity upon the plains of Kansas makes them my favorite breath in all the world!
Personal hero: Rich Mullins and my grandmother, Roberta McFarland