Contact:

Main Church Campus

6641 Mission Rd 
Prairie Village, KS 66208
913-262-4200
Fax: 913-262-0304

Meneilly Center  

9900 Mission Rd
Overland Park, KS 66207
913-262-4200
Food Pantry Fax: 913-671-2318
Child and Family Development Center Fax: 913-648-6474

About Us

 

The Pastoral Staff of Village Church

 


Rev. Tom Are, Jr. — Senior PastorRev. Tom Are, Jr.

Tom Are has served Village Church as Senior Pastor since February of 2004. He loves the energy the Village Church has for serving the city and the care the congregation gives to thinking about the faith. He loves to preach and to tell stories. Tom is a graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Union Presbyterian Seminary and Yale Divinity School. He has served Westminster in Charleston, Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and Riverside Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Tom and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1987, and they have two children, Sarah and Nathan (both in college). Carol is the daughter of a Presbyterian pastor, and Tom is sixth generation Presbyterian pastor (that’s a lot!). email

 

 

Rev. Jenny McDevitt — Pastor of Pastoral Care

Rev. Jenny McDevitt

Jenny has been serving alongside the people of Village Church since September of 2012. She loves the way the church cares for one another and for the community, giving great attention to any and all issues of the heart. She loves stories (listening and telling) and believes that questions are an essential part of faith. Originally from Michigan, Jenny is a graduate of Kenyon College and Union Presbyterian Seminary. She has served churches in Ann Arbor and Virginia Beach. She lives with her dog, Reilly, who is dedicated to chasing the squirrels of Prairie Village. email




Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich —

Executive Pastor for Ministry

Cynthia Holder Rich began her ministry at Village in 2011, after serving in parish ministry in three states, as a mission coworker in Madagascar, and on a seminary faculty in Michigan. Cynthia holds degrees from the University of Dubuque, McCormick Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). She loves to teach, research and write. Cynthia is committed to discerning with the congregation and leadership God’s call to Village at this time, and excited about engaging in this ongoing search in the ministries of education,outreach and mission. She is married to Mark Rich, and they have three children: Joseph (in college), Paul, and Ella (both in high school). email

 

Rev. Dwight Tawney — Administrative PastorRev. Dwight Tawney

Serving as Village Church’s Administrative Pastor since 1991, Dwight loves to teach and offers a number of weekly classes in Bible and Church History. He grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania and, at the beginning of high school, moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida, when his father went to work for the space program. Dwight attended Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, returning to Pennsylvania for seminary. Upon graduation from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1972, Dwight was ordained, worked in the seminary’s development office and managed its technology department. He has served churches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Monmouth, Illinois; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Fort Worth, Texas. Dwight has two children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in the Chicago area. His hobbies include photography and breeding daylilies. He has had a career-long interest in archaeology, and has participated in a “dig” in Jerusalem. email

 

Rev. Diane Quaintance — Parish AssociateRev. Tom Are, Jr.

Diane Quaintance served as associate pastor at Village from 1995-2004;she returned to ministry here in September 2013. What she likes best about Village is the faithfulness of its members to learning more about their faith and to reaching out to others. Diane grew up in Kansas and Colorado; she has degrees from the University of Colorado, University of Kansas, and St. Paul School of Theology. Prior to entering the ministry, she taught in the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley School districts. She served at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, and as a Chaplain at St. Lukeís Hospital before coming to Village. Diane and her husband, Harold, have a blended family;  they are thankful that  their five grandchildren live close by so they                                               can attend soccer games and concerts. email

 

 

Rev. Jay McKell — Parish AssociateRev. Dwight Tawney

Rev. Jay McKell returned from retirement to rejoin the Pastoral Care and Counseling team in September 2013. Jay remembers being rocked by Agnes Frazer in the nursery of the First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. He remembers his father serving on the session and singing in the choir while his mother made friends with everyone who walked into the church building. He remembers his great uncle Buddy kneeling at the side of his bed to pray when he was 94 years old in much the same way as he had done when he was four years old. He remembers his youth group advisor believing in him when he did not believe in himself. He remembers the gospel shaking his very bones as it awakened him to matters of peace, justice and inclusion. He remembers his wife Elizabeth loving him in so many ways that continue to make God’s incarnational love real and who trusted him to help with the care and nurture of two sons, Josh and Shannon. He remembers with deep deep gratitude when God graciously placed his son Matt in his arms. He remembers his ministry at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, a congregation that was willing to take risks in living out the gospel. And he hopes and prays that through his ministry with the members and staff of Village Church he will be faithful to God in at least a few of the many ways God, who challenges and comforts us throughout life, has been faithful to him. email

 

Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich

Rev. Zach Walker

Rev. Zach Walker was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana but moved with his family at an early age to Athens, Georgia where he grew up, finally settling in the Kansas City area while Zach was in middle school. He originally knew the Village Church community back in the grunge-filled 90′s while he was in high school, graduating from Shawnee Mission East in 1997. He attended college at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, where he graduated with degrees in psychology and gender studies before serving as the youth director at Colonial Church UCC in Prairie Village (at 71st and Mission Road) prior to going to seminary. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007.

Prior to his ordination at VPC, he served as a high school director in the Seattle area at Sammamish Presbyterian Church as well as the director of youth ministries at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, California (San Francisco area).

He has served in youth ministry for nearly 10 years and couldn’t be more excited to be at Village Pres! Zach enjoys pretty much anything outdoors, reads as much as possible, and is pretty sure he would be best friends with Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty. email