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Angela Kollbaum, Congregational Life Facilitator


Angela has a passion for working with youth and families, empowering them to use their God-given talents. Angela’s career history includes positions as a university adjunct professor, Lutheran grade school teacher and athletic director, Director of Youth and Family Life Ministry (leading Bible studies, service projects, national and regional youth, marriage groups, young adult groups, and senior ministries), and Social Worker and Therapist/Case manager. She has volunteered on the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), Missouri District Youth & Family Board and currently serves on the district’s Mission and Ministry Board. She has Master of Science degree in Family Life Education from Concordia University, Seward, NE and a B.S. degree in Social Work from Dana College, Blair, NE. Angela is married to Rev. Todd Kollbaum, LCMS Director of Rural and Small Town Mission, and is the mother of five children.



Cindy Smith, Office Manager

Cindy joined our staff in August of 2017.  She came from a local law office where she had worked for over 10 years.  She has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from UCM.  She oversees all administrative aspects of Bethlehem.  She has been a part of the Warrensburg Community since 1990. Her family includes: Ben-husband, Danielle Thomas-daughter and husband Caleb Thomas, and Christopher Meloy-son.  Danielle has graduated college, is married and is now in her 2nd year of teaching Kindergarten in Sedalia, Missouri.  Christopher is a freshman at UCM and is majoring in Music.  You will be able to enjoy watching him play snare drum for the Marching Mules.

Teresa Hillsman, Treasurer




Paula Easterwood, Music Director

Paula is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, she became our Music Director in 2010.  She studied piano and organ at William Woods College in Fulton, MO. For over 30 years, she has served as church organist/pianist with numerous churches in Kansas City and Central Missouri. She currently teaches Music at the Classical Academy in Warrensburg. She, husband Jack and daughter, Lydia, farm in Johnson County where she pursues her hobbies of reading, organic and herb gardening, cooking and occasionally doctoring livestock!  


Cathy Welsh, Choir Director

For Cathy Welsh, music is a lifestyle, not a just hobby. Being raised by a choir director/music educator, and having the good fortune to study under some exceptional directors including Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Dr. Rodney Eichenberger and Dr. Alfred Blinde, becoming a conductor herself was a natural consequence. Cathy studied music at Chadron State College and University of Central Missouri while pursuing a career in the sciences. She has performed as a vocalist with the Nebraska Choral Arts Society, Omaha Symphonic Chorus, Voices of Omaha and various other choral organizations. Cathy has been directing church choirs since 1992 and is a firm believer in the adage that “he who sings prays twice”.


Shawn & Beryl Lindley, Custodial

Shawn & Beryl came to Warrensburg in May 2008 from England. The same year their son, Shane, married Tiffany Meador, and that is how they came to be introduced to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  They are both custodians at the church, and five years ago Shawn along with members of the congregation started the community garden, which is still doing very well today, providing vegetables for the people of Warrensburg.


Peggy Hostetler, Nursery Attendant

Peggy has been the Nursery Attendant since 1999.  She has watched most of our children grow and enjoyed every minute of it.  Peggy has been a member of the community since 1989 and is employed by the City of Warrensburg.  You can find her on Sunday mornings in the Nursery, located in the Fellowship Hall.


Jerry Harding, Sound Technician

Jerry has been taking care of/installing equipment at Bethlehem for more years than most of us have been members.  He is a United States Navy veteran and retired from the University of Central Missouri. Jerry and his wife, Karon, live in Warrensburg and are very active at Bethlehem. If they are not here, you can bet that they are with their wonderful grandchildren.


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