Executive Officers & Staff

Executive Officers:

Co-President: Rev. Ted Mosher, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Rev. Ted Mosher currently serves as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. After working in the corporate world for over 20 years in the medical malpractice insurance field, he felt called into ordained ministry. He attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and upon graduation and ordination, arrived in Lawrence in 2008 to serve Good Shepherd. Pastor Ted has been involved with Justice Matters since the beginning of its organization and Good Shepherd has been a participating congregation from the beginning of Justice Matters, as well. Pastor Ted has been an active member of the mental health research team and is currently involved with the childhood trauma research team. He is married and has two daughters. Good Shepherd is located at 2211 Inverness Drive, just off Clinton Parkway.

Co-President: Rev. Mary Newberg Gale at First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Newberg Gale is a native Texan. She received her Religious Studies undergraduate degree from Austin College before going on to obtain her Masters in Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In August 2009, she became Associate Pastor for Children and Youth and Teaching Elder at First Presbyterian with a focus on education across generations. Rev. Newberg Gale also serves as the Moderator of the Synod of Mid-America. Pastor Mary was instrumental in lifting up justice ministry at First Presbyterian through a sermon series she led in May, as well as recruiting a team of nearly four people to host house meetings during the October 2016 Listening Process. This will be Pastor Mary’s second year as Co-Vice President on the Executive Committee. First Presbyterian Church is located at 2415 Clinton Parkway.

Corresponding Secretary: Brent Hoffman, Morning Star Church

Brent has lived in Lawrence since moving from Chicago, IL in 2010. Brent is an Investment Advisor Representative with Great Plains Financial Group. He advises individuals, families, and small businesses on how to best grow and protect their assets. Prior to moving to Lawrence, Brent worked as an analyst and advisor for nearly five years at the largest commodity firm in the world, MF Global. He and his partners, Doug Stephens and Malcom Ong now own and operate Fifteen 22 Financial Partners in Lawrence. He has served on the board of Family Promise of Lawrence since 2011 where he has helped with fund development and matters related to congregational care and recruitment. He has been a network member of Justice Matters since its inception. Brent is 42- years old and has been married to Marianne for 10 years. Brent is an active member and a Deacon at Morning Star Church in Lawrence, where he serves on the First Impressions Team and the Missions Committee. Brent is also a leader in the Men’s Ministry at MSC.

Recording Secretary: Judy Lewis, Velocity Church

Judy Lewis has lived in Lawrence, KS all of her life and loves this city. For the last 20 year she has worked for John Hooge’s Law Office as an office manager, and also has her own business called Living Financial Solutions where she is a debt counselor and budget coach. Judy got involved with the Justice Matters through her church, Velocity, 3 years ago. She has been to several DART national trainings, leads the justice ministry at her church, and has served on the Board for two years. Judy has served on other boards and committees in the community and has a passion for helping people in need.

Treasurer: Rev. Randy Weinkauf, Immanuel Lutheran Church

Pr. Randy Weinkauf has served as Parish Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and University Student Center, Lawrence since 2009. Prior to serving at Immanuel, Pr. Randy served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Hilo, Hawaii (2003-2009); The Lutheran Church of Guam, Hagåtña, Guam (1997-2002); Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rolla, Missouri (1987-1997); and St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate, Iowa (1981-1987). He also served as mission coordinator/developer of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Independence, Iowa (1985-1987) and the Lutheran/Episcopal mission on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (2001-2002). From 1988-1997, Pr. Randy served as a chaplain in the United States Naval Reserve. He has been a member of various Rotary clubs for over 20 years. He has been involved with Justice Matters since its very beginnings. Pr. Randy is married. He and his wife Nancy have four children and six grandchildren.

At-Large Member: Rev. Justin Jenkins

Son of a United Methodist pastor, Pastor Justin was groomed for church leadership from an early age. As a young adult, Pastor Justin spent three years as a missionary overseas including time in Thailand where he helped to establish a children’s home for kids involved in prostitution. After attending Rhema Bible training college, he worked as Associate Pastor of a church in Minnesota before coming to Lawrence to found Velocity Church in 2009. For the first three years, Pastor Justin served at Velocity while working fulltime at the Schwan Food Company delivery service. In the summer of 2013, he was able to focus his time exclusively on ministry. He is married to Marissa, has three sons, Reece, Oliver, and Grant, and a new baby girl, Pippa. He was among six clergy at the first meeting to explore justice as a form of ministry in Lawrence. Also, Pastor Justin served as Co-Vice-President with Rev. John McDermott during the justice ministry organization’s initial stages of development. He is an active member on the United Way Board of Directors. Velocity Church currently worships at the Lawrence Art Center and the Lawrence Community Theater.

At-Large Member: Pat Lechtenberg, St John’s Catholic Church

Born and raised in southcentral Kansas; moved during elementary school years to Wichita; undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart College (now Kansas Newman University); ASCP certified medical technologist for seven years in chemistry lab of St. Francis Hospital in Wichita (now Via Christi at St. Francis); married Michael and with first two children, Michelle and Drew, moved to Lawrence in 1970; various parish volunteer positions throughout life; state medical liaison of Kansas La Leche League for three years and LLL group leader for ten years; three more children, Grant, Susan and Matthew, born in Lawrence; first director of Birthright of Lawrence for two years; researcher for large area credit bureau for five years; masters in pastoral studies from Loyola of New Orleans; pastoral associate at St. John parish from 1986-2005; certified catechist in first two levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; fostered two teens, Milivoje and Anja from Belgrad during the Yugoslavian wars; KSU extension master gardener since 1995; CASA volunteer for three years; 55 blessed years of marriage; 10 grandchildren; Barker neighborhood resident for 46 years. Served as Recording Secretary for Justice Matters for one year.

At-Large Member: Rev. Verdell Taylor, St. Luke AME

Rev. Verdell Taylor, Jr. has been an ordained pastor since 1980 and pastor of St. Luke AME for the last 20 years. He has served as a leader on several boards in the community and at present I serves on the Lawrence Preservation Alliance Board and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Ninth Street Project. In addition to serving as pastor, Rev. Taylor is also on staff as a therapist at Christian Psychological Services, and Cultural Competency and Inclusion Coordinator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is married, and has two daughters and five grandchildren. Along with Fr. Gary Teske, Rev. Verdell Taylor was the first pastor to call for the creation of this organization in Lawrence. He also served as Co-President with Fr. Mike Scully during the justice ministry organization’s initial stages of development. St Luke AME sits on the corner of 9th and New York in East Lawrence. It was the childhood church home of poet Langston Hughes and the meeting grou s for civil rights leaders in Lawrence during the 1950s-70s.


Staff:

Lead Organizer: Ben MacConnell, Trinity Lutheran

Ben grew up in Bay Village, Ohio. His father made a career as a fundraiser for the United Way and his mom, an elementary school teacher. He graduated from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana in 1995 with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. After college, Ben became a full time missionary with the Church of the Brethren initially serving at a homeless cafe in Chicago, and then later with Hnuti DUHA, an environmental group in the Czech Republic. In 1997, he was accepted into GreenCorps, an environmental advocacy training program based in Boston. During his training year, he worked to preserve clean water resources, to prevent global climate change, and to ensure the clean-up of toxic waste sites in low-income neighborhoods. In 1999, he went to work with Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT) in Louisville, Kentucky. He assisted efforts to end gang violence among youth, to improve reading in low-performing public schools, and to remove neighborhood eyesores in the south end of Louisville. In 2001, Ben moved to the east side of Lawrence where he and his family now reside. He telecommuted and traveled extensively on staff with the Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center for 13 years. He assisted DART's efforts to hire and train new organizers going into the field of justice ministry. In July 2014, he became the Lead Organizer of Justice Matters in Lawrence, Kansas. He is married to Sarah Rooney, who works as the Volunteer Coordinator for Visiting Nurses of Douglas County. They have a biological son, Micah, and several foster children. He was baptized with his son at his church, Trinity Lutheran, and seeks to follow Jesus.


Associate Organizer: Katie Sears, Velocity Church

Katie was born in Topeka and has lived in eastern Kansas for most of her life. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kansas, as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. After 12 years working her way up the ranks of government outsourced call centers, Katie joined the Justice Matters family in 2016. She is a proud member of Velocity Church, where she committed her life to Christ in 2015. Katie is happily married to Jon Ruhlen, who loves bicycles and serves as a research attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court. They have two cats and two dogs.

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