Staff

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Pastor Zac, Senior Pastor

pastor Zac STurm

Pastor Zac Sturm was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He spent his formative years attending MacArthur Park Lutheran with parents John and Paula and brother Beau, as well as working for Cross Trails Outdoors Ministries in Kerrville, Texas. In 2002 he graduated Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas, packed up…

Cherri Jestmore

Cherri Jestmore

Cherri joined Atonement’s ministry team in February, 2000. In her role, she visits the home-bound and the hospilalized, she works closely with the ministry teams of Bread of Life, Stephen Ministry, Parish Nurses, Prayers during Communion, just to name a few. Cherri is a Deacon in the ELCA, a certified Spiritual Director and trained Stephen…

Rick Deasley, Director of Worship

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Rick has been leading church music/arts ministries since 1986. He has been on staff at Atonement since 2005. He holds a degree in music composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ with John Ditto and John Obetz and composition with Gerald Kemner. He is published by…

Eric Foerster, Youth Director

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Eric grew up in Overland Park, KS and participated in KCLYC events throughout his years in high school. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Youth Studies and a minor in Spanish Studies. During his college years, Eric worked at Youthfront Camp West as a cabin leader for…

Traci Johnson, Bookkeeper

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Traci joined the staff in May this year as Bookkeeper. Prior to Atonement she worked as a bookkeeper for over 20 years in retail and independently. Traci enjoys the attention to detail that is required in finance and looks forward to helping Atonement prosper. She grew up in Western Kansas, graduated from Park University, moved…

Julie Assel, director of Handbells and Youth Instrumental Music

julie assel

Julie joined the Adult Bell Choir at Atonement in 1999 and became its director in February, 2001. She directs four handbell choirs (Joy – adult small ensemble), Adoration Ringers (adults); Festive Bells (grades 5-12) and Hosanna Bells (grades 2-4). In addition, Julie directs the Youth Instrumental Ensemble, which includes strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.

Boo McCready, Director of Children's Spiritual Life

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Boo joined the Atonement staff in 2007 as Communications Administrator. In February of 2010, she became the Children’s Spiritual Life Director. Boo is passionate about working with kids, parents, children’s ministry and nurturing faith in families.She grew up in the St. Louis area, lived in Florida for 18 years and has lived in Overland Park…

Ros Thorpe, Director of Outreach

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joined Atonement in 2005 with her husband Jim. In her role at Atonement, Ros works with the visitors/new members ministry, publications, maintains the congregational database, and is taking on the new role as Director of Outreach, expanding the congregation’s ministry and mission. She had previously worked at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Topeka for 11 years…

Erin Neuman

Erin has been part of the Atonement community for the past 30 years. She started in the nursery as a youth volunteer during her time in confirmation and has has been part of the nursery staff since 2008. She became a Nursery Co-Director in 2014, and in 2016 took on the role of sole Director…