Aaron felt called to occupational ministry at the age of 16 through active participation in his church’s youth ministry. He earned a degree from John Brown University before serving in youth ministry at an EPC church in his home state of North Carolina. He then earned a Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary before coming to The Kirk in 2013 to serve as the Pastor of Discipleship. He now serves as our Lead Pastor, overseeing all aspects of the church. Aaron is married to Sarah, a public school teacher, and together they can’t match the joy and enthusiasm of their daughter, Aliza.
Collin and his family have come to The Kirk from Colorado Springs, Colorado after being there for 22 years and serving two churches through sports and recreation, camp and student ministries. Collin and his wife Becky have four kids, Titus (22), Eli (19), Maya (16) and Paige (12). Collin graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas with a ministry degree. He continued on to get his Master of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Care and Concern Pastor
Shano is from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is married to Venencia and together, they have four children – Simba, Anesu, Munashe and Chipo. Shano earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Langston University. He continued to get his Masters in Divinity from Oral Roberts University. In his free time, Shano loves reading and playing soccer.
Our church leadership team is called the Session, and consists of ruling elders, who are elected from the congregation, and teaching elders. Below is a list of our current elders:
Teaching Elders (Pastors)
Aaron Elmore Collin Grant
Deacons are also spiritual leaders, serving in key areas of ministry throughout the church:
Heather Zemanek – Kirk Preschool Ministry
Emily Burns – Kirk Kiddos Ministry (Birth-Kindergarten)
Anne Stevenson – Kirk Kids Ministry (1st-6th grade)
Lindsay Fick – Care and Concern Ministry
Jennifer McCuistian – Student Ministry (7th-12th grade)
Kari Suttee – Student Ministry (7th-12th grade)
Sharon Bentley – Community of Friends (Special Needs)
Jim Cowan – Hospitality
Erich Schwinn – Men’s Ministry
Marcia Bursinger – Widow’s Ministry