Dear St. Mary Magdalene family,
It is with great excitement that we introduce our next priest to you. The Rev. David Lynch and his wife, Debbie, will be joining our congregation on September 28.
A little background about David:
David brings experience as a Curate (similar to an assistant Rector), Eucharistic Minister, Lay Chaplain, skilled Church Musician, and highly involved Lay Leader in various congregations.
David and Debbie were longtime parishioners at St. Michael and All Angels in Mission KS before his ordination, so they are familiar with this area.
He holds several degrees including a BA in music, religion, and philosophy from Adrian College and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary.
David also brings real-world connections and managerial experience from an earlier career as a paramedic in the Johnson County area. He served both medical and administrative roles in the county.
He and Debbie are currently in Wichita, and are in the process of relocating to our parish area.
Why do we feel like God led us to call David?
He is highly energetic and full of ideas to partner with us as we strive to grow our congregation.
He is focused on building Christian formation opportunities for all age levels.
He stresses the importance of hospitality which we feel will add to our welcoming and dynamic community relationships.
He is engaging & looks forward to working alongside our strong ministries.
We encourage you to get to know David and Debbie. In addition to our regular Sunday morning services, you're invited to join us on September 28 at 10:30 AM for their first Sunday and stay after the service for our Church Anniversary Picnic. We hope you and your family will join us and we encourage you to bring friends for this wonderful day of celebration!
Please take a moment to thank the members of our Search Committee who took time to listen to & compile your feedback, write a beautiful Parish Profile, review candidate responses, conduct written & phone interviews, travel to observe candidates, and present the Vestry with several excellent candidates. They've been working tirelessly since September of 2013. Please join us in appreciating Ian Coleman, Jessie Fetters, Tammy Garrison, Don Gerhardt, Bill Johnson, Mary Mayab, Chet Neumann, Janiece Vohland, and Cloyce Wiley.
Thanks, also, to our supply priests from our congregation, the St. Luke’s Spiritual Wellness Department, the Greater Kansas City area and the Diocese of Western Missouri.
We also appreciate each of you. Your feedback during our listening tours and surveys was immeasurably valuable. Hearing from you about what's important in our parish was exactly what we needed to help us better discern an excellent priest. Thank you also for the ministry you've taken on during this interim. We've been so impressed at the number of strong ministries that have continued for an entire year without a priest. We look forward to seeing this continued strength as we partner with Father David.
Please join us in continual prayer for our parish as we remain Real, Rooted, and Relevant in our ministry to each of you, newcomers, and the surrounding parish area. God has done some amazing things in our church thus far and we look forward to this next step in our journey.
David Alig, Regina Berens, Joanna Cooper, Walter Costner, Mary Grant, Trent Green, Karen Hansen, Lisa Inman, Brad Kiehl, Donna Parker, Julie Sponagel, and Cyndi Troyer.