Pastor Laurie Johnston

Pastor Laurie (Rowley) Johnston was born in Bloomington, Illinois, but moved to Kansas when she was 9 years old.  Her father, the late Rev. Edward Rowley, pastored many United Methodist Churches in Sterling, Hutchinson, Hays, and Wichita, Kansas.  Laurie graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1981.

In 1985, Laurie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The American University in Washington D.C.  In 1987, she attended Princeton Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.  It was there that she met and married her husband, A. Kirk Johnston, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In 1990, both Laurie and Kirk graduated from Princeton Seminary with their Masters of Divinity.

After Seminary, Laurie and Kirk were ordained in the PC(USA) and were a clergy couple at the First Presbyterian Church in Mansfield, Ohio.  In 1992, Laurie and Kirk moved to Paola, Kansas where Kirk was called as Pastor to the Paola Presbyterian Church.  In 1998, Laurie began pastoring part-time at the Hillsdale Presbyterian Church.  Since 1998, the church has grown from 30 members to over 200 members.

My family has had a lot of additions this year.  My son Luke, our middle child, got married to Jamie Zelenak on Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2017.  Luke is a graduate of Mid America Nazarene and is now completing his Master’s of Divinity at Midwest Seminary.  He currently works part-time at Lighthouse Presbyterian and plans to graduate seminary in December 2018.    Jamie is a nurse and is expecting their first child, a little girl, in June.   Also, we welcomed our second grandchild, Wesley Charles Maxwell on November 15th, 2017  Lindsey (my oldest) and Dustin live in Olathe and have big brother Reagan, who is 4 years old and the apple of my eye.  Dustin works at Mid-West Crane.  Ian (my youngest) is our Worship Director at Hillsdale and recently graduated from Mid America Nazarene.  He is working a commercial insurance job in Lenexa and continues to make music.

Currently, Laurie and Kirk have transferred their ordinations to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Administrative Secretary-Marjorie Powell

Marjorie was born and raised in Paola, KS. She was married at a very young age to Greg Powell, also from Paola. There three children were the fourth generation to graduate from the Paola High School. They continued to be a resident of the Paola community until 2013 when they moved to Gardner, KS.

She spent most of her adult life working in finance.  She retired December 2013 after working almost 12 years for Spring Hill USD 230 as Bookkeeper for the district. In 2014 she became the Administrative Secretary to the Pastor.

Marjorie was raised in the Methodist Church in Paola where she continued as a member until 2009, when the Lord  led both her husband and herself to the Hillsdale Presbyterian Church, where they became members.  Her family, which includes several grandchildren, keeps her very busy.

Cynthia Schmidt – CE Coordinator  

I was born in Cherokee, IA, but moved to Kansas when I was 2 years old. I grew up in the Shawnee Mission area and graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1978. I completed a BFA in Graphic Design from Kansas State University in 1983. After returning to school, I received my teaching certification (K-12 Art) from Ottawa University in 1992. 

 I taught Middle School Art (grades 6-8) in the Spring Hill School District from 1994-2002. From 2002 to present, I have been self-employed as a ceramic artist, independent art instructor and contract picture framer. 

 I have lived in the Hillsdale area since 1990 with my husband, Chuck. In 1995 our son, Carl, was born; he currently lives in Wichita, KS. 

 I began attending Hillsdale Presbyterian Church in 2001 and became a member in 2004. During my time here at HPC, I have taught Sunday School and Confirmation Class, participated in a variety of adult Sunday School classes and bible studies, been ordained as an elder and volunteered in numerous youth activities and programs. 

 I enjoy nature, music, dancing, reading, creating and teaching. 

 Children’s Church and Nursery  – Amanda DeRoo


Director of Frontier Kids – Renee Avenaim


Angie Freeman- Custodian

Angie has been a life long resident of Spring Hill. In 1985 she married Craig. She became an active member at Hillsdale Presbyterian Church in 2016 and is currently serving as a deacon until 2020. Angie enjoys participating with prayers and squares. In her spare time Angie enjoys spending time with her grandson, sewing and quilting.