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  Greg Montague, Pastor
 
 
Greg and his wife Laurie began to build SouthWoods Christian Church in April 1990. He graduated from Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary and has two boys, Joseph and Joshua.

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  Laurie Montague, Director of Adult Ministries
 
 
As a preacher's kid in northeastern Ohio, Laurie grew up loving the local church and has never left it! She is a graduate of Cincinnati Bible College, a former elementary school teacher and a church developer with her husband, Greg. They have two teenage boys, Joseph and Joshua, and a dog named Sam.

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  Krysten Purkey, Director of Children's Ministry
 
 
Krysten joined the staff on May 26th 2015 after graduating from Manhattan Christian College.

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  Cody Shepherd, Director of Student Ministry
 
 
Cody Shepherd comes to Southwoods Christian Church after 3 years of youth ministry in Norton, KS & 6 1/2 years in Lexington, Kentucky. Cody graduated from Nebraska Christian College with bachelor degrees in youth ministry and Christian education. Cody is married to an amazing wife Erin and they recently had a son Jonathan. Cody is an avid Nebraska football fan but also likes to play guitar, listen to music, camp and much more. Cody grew up as a preacher's kid and was baptized at age 10. He decided to go into youth ministry at age 19 and loves Jesus with all his heart!

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  Tom Commerford, Director of Technical and Creative Arts
 
 
Tom Commerford has lived in the Kansas City area for many years. He attended Kansas State University and DeVry University where he earned music and telecommunications degrees. He has an extensive background in music, video, web, and multimedia related areas. Tom is married to Kim and has two sons: Johan and Daniel. He also has two great dogs: Embry and Izzy.

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  Tara Wastler, Director of Programming and Worship
 
 
Tara has been a life long resident of Kansas. . . Now that's exciting!! She is married to Danny and they have 2 children, McKenna and Cole. She attended the University of Kansas and went to work within corporate America for several years before "retiring" to be a stay at home mom.

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  Jackie Rogers, Pastoral Assistant
 
 
The friendliest person in the world sits at the front desk of the SouthWoods office. Jackie joined SouthWoods' staff in 1999, and since then has been the welcoming voice on the phone who knows everything that's going on at SouthWoods. Jackie is married and has three children and three grandchildren.

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  Paul Hilderbrand, Facility Manager
 
 
Paul oversees maintenance of SouthWoods' facilities.

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