Rachel Siemens began as pastor of Faith Church in March 2014. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Divinity from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Prior to becoming a pastor, Rachel worked in the financial services industry in Canada. She comes to Kansas from Wadsworth, Ohio, where she was pastor at First Mennonite Church for six years. When she left Canada, Rachel traded in her figure skates for golf clubs, which she uses weekly on the local courses. She also enjoys cooking, reading and exploring North Newton and Newton on her bike.
Rachel grew up in the Mennonite church and has a theology that is grounded in the life of Jesus within the Anabaptist tradition. She has a passion for creating meaningful worship services that help people encounter God, living out the command to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Worshipping God leads us to living out the second part of the command: loving our neighbor through acts of caring for each other and serving the least of these in our communities. Rachel believes God’s call for our lives is to “love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with God.”
Verda joined our ministry staff in 2009. Verda is a long-time Registered Nurse, graduating from Bethel Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Bethel College, and Wichita State University. After holding several different positions at Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Newton Medical Center, she taught in the department of nursing at Bethel College until retirement and continues to work as needed in the preoperative/outpatient unit at Newton Medical Center. She enjoys helping people discover how to work with their health problems, advocating for them during the stresses of illness and accident, and navigating the complicated health system.