While each staff member serves a separate function, they share a common desire to meet the members' needs and make First Lutheran a welcoming place to worship.
Meet Phil Vickers, pastor
Pastor Phil Vickers was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. This is obvious not just because of his accent, but because stories from that time in his life often make it into his sermons. He attended Mississippi State University where he earned a degree in English. He is an avid reader, and literature is a lifelong passion for him. During his time in college he also met his future wife Cheryl. The couple were married their senior years and moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where Pastor Phil attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
Phil interned at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he received wonderful tutelage and mentorship from Pastor Ronald Rinn. Phil’s first daughter, Autumn, was born the day he was supposed to be at seminary graduation.
The couple then moved to the Texas panhandle where Phil was pastor for a short time to a small cattle and farming community. Most of Pastor Phil’s ministry so far was spent in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he was the pastor of family life ministries at Emanuel Lutheran Church. In their seven years in Hutchinson, the Vickers family added Zoe and Sean. Pastor Phil has been serving First Lutheran Church since October of 2015.
Pastor Phil’s passions within the ministry include preaching, teaching, forming and strengthening relationships, and working with small groups. Outside of the Church Pastor Phil enjoys the martial arts, reading, spending time with his wife and family, cooking, doing everything he can to keep his 1985 BMW 735i running, and traveling when possible.
Meet Dudley Hogue, parish assistant
Dudley Hogue has been the Parish Assistant at First Lutheran Church since the fall of 2005. Prior to that, Dudley was the Director of Music & Programs and Director of Music at First Lutheran for seven years. Born and raised in Kansas, Dudley graduated from the University of Kansas with an undergraduate degree in Theatre Education in 1980, and received a graduate degree from Baker University in 1994. Dudley has worked with many not-for-profit organizations, and continues to work and perform in the metropolitan area. Dudley is a member of the FLC Blue Notes. Dudley and his partner of 29 years, John Carey, live in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Meet Tiffany Johnson, FLEEC director
Tiffany Johnson graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood.
She joined Zion (Lutheran Church) Preschool in the summer of 2001, working as an assistant teacher for a few years and eventually becoming a lead teacher.
When that preschool moved to First in 2005 and became First Lutheran Early Education Center (FLEEC), Tiffany remained with the program and became the assistant director in 2011.
Tiffany says, “I love working with young kids. I love planning the curriculum and teaching children new and exciting things. Kids are so refreshing and eager to learn. One of my favorite parts of teaching is watching their faces when they learn something fascinating to them. They always make me laugh.”
Outside of FLEEC, Tiffany likes music, movies, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys playing tennis, watching the Chiefs, and rooting for KU during basketball season.
Meet Nick Brown, director of music
Nick Brown has been the Director of Music at First Lutheran Church since March of 2012. He is also currently the K-8 Music Teacher and Tech Assistant at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Nick is a soccer referee with the Heartland Soccer Association.
Prior to coming to Kansas City, Nick was the Choir Director at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa, while completing his Bachelors of Music Education at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Nick was raised in Garner, Iowa, and met his wife Liz at Wartburg College. Liz has a Bachelor’s of Religion, and she is a teacher’s aide at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. She is going back to school to become a nurse.
Meet Jordan Buchholtz, keyboardist
Jordan Buchholtz is a pianist, organist, accompanist, teacher and writer. As an active performer, she regularly plays in solo piano and chamber music recitals and collaborates with both vocalists and instrumentalists. She enjoys being involved in chamber music ensembles, opera productions, and writing music reviews for KCMetropolis.org.
Jordan is currently pursuing a MM in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She holds a BA in Music Performance from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
May 24, 2016
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