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.
Youth Minister – Mike Reynolds
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Youth Pastor, Mike Reynolds, was born in Olathe, Kansas where he grew up in the surrounding areas of Paola and Hillsdale. Mike graduated “Salutatorian” from Paola High School in 2010.
Mike has been very involved with the youth of this world since he was a youth himself. From leading Kingdom Kids/Awana, to helping lead youth group while he was still in high school, and eventually becoming an intern for Lighthouse Church (Paola) until he graduated college. In 2014, Mike graduated with “Summa Cum Laude” honors from MidAmerica Nazarene University, carrying with him a degree armed for ministry. Mike has recently embarked on a Masters of Divinity degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he will begin his journey towards ordination in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Mike married his wife, Meghan, on August 8, 2015 and she shares Mike’s passion for youth and those involved in the Hillsdale Presbyterian Church family. Mike lives in Spring Hill and keeps busy by spending time with his family, playing with his dogs Oliver and Penelope, riding his motorcycle, running, working out, fishing, hunting, building electric guitars and basses and pastoring the youth at Hillsdale Church.
Children’s Education Co-Directors – Maddie Cox and Amanda DeRoo
Maddie grew up in Prairie Village, Ks. She went to school in the Shawnee Mission School District and has a Paralegal Degree from Brown Mackie College. She is a Para at Prairie Creek Elementary School in the Spring Hill School District. Children have always been Maddie’s heart and soul. Her main hobby is spending time with her family. Maddie has been apart of Hillsdale church since 2011. “I fell in love with Hillsdale Presbyterian Church day one I can not imagine going to church anywhere else”.
Director of Frontier Kids – Meghan Reynolds
Meghan was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1994, and spent the first eighteen years of her life in a suburb called Elkhorn. She moved to Kansas in 2012 to begin attending MidAmerica Nazarene University. She met her husband, Mike, in their freshman year Intro to Ministry class, and the rest is history as far as that is concerned. She graduated in December of 2015 with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry and a minor in Psychology. She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration while her and Mike spend their free time with the teenagers and their two dogs, Ollie and Pennie.
Meghan’s work in the church began early in her life, from volunteering in the nursery to being a part of the Nazarene Youth International on a local and state level. She interned at multiple churches through college, mostly in the youth department, and worked at a faith-based daycare during college as well. She currently works full-time for the YMCA running a before-and-after school program. Meghan joined Hillsdale Presbyterian Church in 2015, and pioneered the Frontier Kids program beginning in April of 2017.
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.