The Pastoral Staff of Village Church
Rev. Tom Are, Jr. — Senior Pastor
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
Jenny McDevitt came to Village as Pastor of Pastoral Care in September of 2012. She loves the way the church cares for one another and for the community, giving great attention to any and all matters of the heart. She loves to tell a good story, but is even happier to listen to yours. Jenny also loves worship, and finds joy in writing liturgy and creating large-scale art for the Sanctuary services. Jenny also works with Presbyterian Women. She previously served at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Bayside Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach. email
Len Carrell — Pastor of Pastoral Care
Len is both thrilled and honored Village Church is where he is called to serve in his first ordained call. The Carrells are overjoyed to be joining Village’s family of faith. They love the joy of hospitality surrounding our church home. They love how pastoral care, mission and worship are the cornerstone of our active life together as a church. They love how together we’re learning to better love one another, God and neighbor. Len loves telling stories that come to life, and howeveryone can participate in a story simply told. Len is from Texas, lived in New York City, worked as a professional actor, and started a business representing textile artists. Len has grown in faith, hope and love serving as a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church and studying at Austin Seminary.
Rev. Diane Quaintance — Parish Associate
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. Zach Walker - Pastor of Youth Ministries
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 married his incredibly awesome and intelligent wife, Meredith, last March. email
Rev. Hallie Hottle - Pastor of Young Adults
Hallie came to Village for her second call in January of 2016. A Midwest native, Hallie spent her seminary years at Princeton Theological, and her first five years of ministry in Miami, Florida, which means she’s glad to be “home,” and really missing Cuban coffee and endless summers. Hallie’s passion for ministry lies within her job title, connecting Young Adults with all that it means to be Church. She calls her generation “strange and beautiful,” and despite those who see young people turning away from religion, she insists that they are simply leaning into their faith in new ways. She’s super glad to be at Village, a church that is big enough to explore these “new ways,” and a people who live into her desire to “love ferociously” together.
Hallie is married to Nick Dorn, and they enjoy their three dogs, and changing the world over good beer. email
Rev. Brian Ellison - Parish Associate
Brian Ellison is a volunteer parish associate, providing occasional leadership in worship, adult education and other areas. Brian has served as executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians since 2012, providing overall strategic leadership in implementing the organization’s mission. (Village helped establish the Covenant Network, a national education and advocacy organization, in 1997.) Previously, he served as pastor of Parkville Presbyterian Church (near Kansas City, Missouri) for 13 years.
Brian has actively served the General Assembly as moderator of both the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment and the Stated Clerk Review/Nomination Committee, as a director of the Board of Pensions and as a member of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly.
A graduate of Harvard University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Brian also is an adjunct instructor in homiletics, a host/contributor at KCUR-FM and a freelance writer. He and his partner, Troy Lillebo, live in Kansas City.