Lito, a California native, received his calling into ministry in Jr High. At age 16, under the tutorage of his Pastor, he garnered experience as a speaker by preaching once a month to his congregation. He served for 4 years as a Jr High Pastor before venturing off to Ozark Christian College where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in Biblical Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Preaching. When he returned to California he served in several different pastoral positions within his church. After a journey of prayer in 2016, God led him into the heart of Kansas to serve as the Lead Pastor at Countryside Christian Church here in Wichita. He and his high school sweetheart, Tiffany, are raising four beautiful children together. Pastor Lito has a passion for sharing the gospel with anyone and everyone he meets.
Pastor Lacey has been involved in ministry in many different capacities over the course of her life. From serving as a worship leader at Chapel Hill UMC in Wichita, serving as the Coordinator of Worship, Hospitality, and Young Adult Ministries at McPherson FUMC, as well as serving as the Associate Pastor, and most recently serving as the Lead Pastor, at Marquette UMC, Lacey has found joy and great fulfillment in ministry. One of her passions is bringing people together in their giftedness to create teams of ministry who work out of their best selves. Lacey is also incredibly passionate about preaching scripture and digging deep into the inner workings of the text to see what God has for us today.
Lacey holds several degrees: a Bachelor of Music degree from WSU, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree from Friends, and a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology. Through music, preaching, and creative expressions of worship, Lacey enjoys building up the body of Christ and empowering people to participate in the work God has for us right here and right now.
I was born at a refugee camp during the “Killing Fields” in Cambodia. God brought this one year old Cambodian baby to America in 1980. Fast forward 40 plus years or so. I now have had 20 plus years of ministry that have caused me to grow deeply in my faith in Jesus as a follower and leader. My first call to ministry was with God’s House where I started in children’s ministry as an intern, which led me to planting a middle school group, and then a high school group. The past 17 years have been the biggest time of growth. God has used me in a way I never imagined. What a privilege and absolute joy! My beautiful bride Kimberly of 18 years is also in full time ministry (Evangelical Friends Missions). We have four amazing/busy kids Caleb (17), Preston (14), Silas (11), and Gracelyn (5). As a family we enjoy traveling together (like to 18 different baseball stadiums or so) and anyplace that has a nice beach!
Mark Hoover is a straightforward communicator who is known for making the truth of God’s Word understandable for everyone through compelling and creative teaching methods. He has served NewSpring Church in Wichita, Kansas since 1985, leading it during times of transition and explosive growth. Mark is also seen on NewSpring’s weekly television broadcast which airs throughout the region.
Keas Keasler is assistant professor of spiritual formation and the program director of the Master’s in Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University. Previously he was the teaching pastor of Rhythm Church in Miami, Florida, a non-denominational church he co-founded. He has his B.A. from Baylor University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is completing a Ph.D. in theology from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Keas has done extension work in the areas of spiritual formation and missiology, presented at various conferences around the country, and is currently writing an academic book on Dallas Willard’s theology. Ordained as a Baptist minister, Keas has a deep love for the global church, having traveled and done mission work in over forty countries and preached on six continents. He and his wife, Sarah, and their two children live in Wichita.
Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib is the Assistant Professor of Theology. She holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Southwestern College, an M.Div. and an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is finishing her PhD at the University of Manchester and has 20+ years of ministry experience. Wendy loves the beach, a good cup of coffee, musical theatre, KU basketball, Chiefs football, a good round of golf, fine dining excursions with her husband, Chris, and chasing around her children, Emmalin and Nathanael.
Tony and Stacey Wheeler have always worked as a team, desiring to serve and honor God through a strong marriage and family. Tony’s gifts are leadership, exhortation, teaching, and counseling. They believe they have a calling on their lives to encourage people to seek first the Kingdom of God. They have ministered together since before they were married and cofounded a non-profit called Wheeler Ministries. Tony teaches, counsels, and develops programs to help families grow in the area of spiritual formation, marriage, and parenting, and Stacey speaks and leads worship. Tony earned his Master’s in Family Therapy Studies from Friends University and a Ph.D. From Kansas State University and is a Co-Superintendent of Pastoral and Church Health for Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America Yearly Meeting (EFC-MAYM). Stacey earned her Bachelor’s in English from Friends University and a Master’s in English from Fort Hays State and is the Director of Pastoral and Church Health for EFC-MAYM. They both taught at Barclay College from 2009-2016. They’ve been married for 36 years and are thankful and blessed to have three grown children and five grandchildren and love living in the Kansas City area. When they’re not hanging out with family, Tony and Stacey enjoy hiking, taking drives, and drinking coffee. For more information, please visit wheelerministries.com, efcmaym.org, and yellowbutterflysite.com.