Every Sunday Worship With Us at 10:45am
530 East High Street • Lexington • KY • 40502
Phone (859) 266-3416 • Email: office@WoodlandChristianLex.org

Woodland Staff

DALENE

Senior Minister
Rev. Dalene Vasbinder

E-address: pastor@woodlandchristianlex.org

 

Rev. Dalene Vasbinder came to Woodland Christian Church in the spring of 2009 after serving as a pastor in Seattle, Washington for almost 20 years. Even though her move to Lexington was major, it was, in a sense, like coming home. Dalene grew up in Columbus, Indiana, was a member of North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and attended Hanover College on the banks of the Ohio River. Little did she know as she gazed out over the river at Kentucky that it would one day be home!

Dalene graduated from Hanover College with double majors in International Studies and Spanish. Directly after college she spent a year in Washington, D.C. as an intern for a non-profit where she learned that she loved the city but did not care for the fast pace of congressional lobbying on the Hill. Her life then turned 180 degrees when she volunteered at Jubilee Partners, a Christian Community in the small rural town of Comer, Georgia. There that she was introduced to the story of refugees from Central America, something that directed the rest of her life's journey. After a year at Jubilee Partners, she traveled to El Salvador, working for two years as a Global Mission Intern of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in a camp for displaced people south of San Salvador.

After her life changing experience in El Salvador, Dalene returned to the United States to attend seminary at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She married Ken McCullough in May of 1990 and moved to Seattle, Washington then was ordained the following year. Dalene and Ken have four children; Matt and Mina McCullough, Dalene's step children, and Nathan and Kaylen McCullough. In addition, their family household in Lexington includes a faithful golden retriever, Jasper, and eight chickens!

Church and keeping up with two active teens takes up most of Dalene's time these days. However, in her spare moments she enjoys gardening, walking in the woods or on the beach and good books/movies. She has been active in the Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass and has a heart for mission and social justice work.

 

Director of Children, Youth and Families
Position Currently Open

 

joanna

Music Director
Joanna Manring

E-address: music@woodlandchristianlex.org

New to Lexington, Joanna moved here in 2012 and currently teaches voice on the faculty of Transylvania University. She also directs the women's choir, the Transylvania Singers. As a solo performer, Joanna has been a guest artist with the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Winsor Music in Boston, and the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, the Syracuse Opera, the New York Chorale, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in New York State. In Lexington, she has performed as a soloist with the Bluegrass Opera, the Lexington Chorale and Musick's Company. She received her DMA in Voice Performance from Peabody Conservatory in 2010 and remains dedicated to educating and broadening the audience base of classical and contemporary classical music. Joanna and her husband, Steve, live in the Woodland Park area with their cat, Gladys.

 
kathy

Organist
Kathy Egner, Ph.D.

E-address: organist@woodlandchristianlex.org

 

Kathy Egner comes to Woodland from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lexington, where she served as Music Director for four and a half years. She and her husband, Henning, moved to Lexington in 2000 when Kathy egan her position as an education professor at Transylvania University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and was a professor of education at the University of Houston Victoria, Texas, from 1980 to 1988, when she married Henning and moved to Berlin. There she served as organist of the American Church in Berlin for 12 years and maintained a large piano studio.

Playing the organ has been an integral part of Kathy's life since she was 15 years old and got her first position as organist of St. John Lutheran church in Wadena, Minnesota. She has since served in numerous Lutheran as well as Methodist, Presbyterian, and episcopal churches. She has studied organ with Paul Manz, Melanie Ohnstad, and Marsha Seale and piano with Katia Tchemberdji. She currently is a Donovan Scholar studying organ with Dr. Schuyler Robinson and holds the Service Playing Certificate from the Americn Guild of Organists.

Kathy is now retired from Transylvania. She occupies herself by spending a lot of time on the organ bench (something she delights in since she has not been able to devote this much time to music in her entire life!), studying music theroy, reading, and caring for her family, including her nine year old grandchild, Jaiden, who has lived with them since he was a baby. She is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington.

Kathy and Henning have between them three American children, three German children and six grandchildren. They travel to Germany as often as possible to spend time with the rest of their family.

 
linda

Office Manager
Linda Clark

E-address: office@woodlandchristianlex.org

Linda joined the Woodland Christian Church staff as our new office manager In February 2013. She worked for United Way of the Bluegras for 21 years before retiring in January 2005. She brings with her many years of experience in non-profit and administrative procedures. Linda and her husband, Randall, live in Lexington. They have three boys and four granddaughters to keep up with. Linda is a long-time member of Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington and enjoys traveling, garage sales, puzzles and a good book. Her office expertise and warm, friendly personality is a wonderful addition to the staff and a blessing to Woodland Christian Church.

 
morgan

Nursery Attendant
Morgan Campbell

Morgan has been with Woodland since September 2015. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio where she lived before coming to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky. She is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and plans to continue to graduate school for physical therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors such as hiking, running, and tossing football with her roommates. Morgan, we are so happy to have you.

 

 

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Nursery Attendant
Aimee Senga

Aimee will be the nursery attendant on an as needed basis. Aimee and her family arrived in Lexington in October 2016 from the Congo to begin their new life in our community. Since then, they have become involved in Woodland Christian Church. Aimee has four boys and they keep her busy. Woodland is happy to have Aimee's help in the nursery.

 
ronnie

Custodian
Ron Lanier

Ron has worked part-time for Woodland Christian Church since 1994. His full-time job has been as a Structural Maintenance Technician for Fayette County Public Schools since 1995. Ron is from Lexington and is a graduate from Bryan Station High School. He has a daughter who is now in college. Ron likes to work with cars and dancing. He has enjoyed working at Woodland; the people are friendly and the schedule works well with his full-time job at Fayette County Public Schools.