Our Pastors

John Brown

John Brown

Senior Pastor

Where were you born?
Atlantic, IA

Favorite food?
Popsicles (grape in particular)

Favorite book or movie?
Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life

Favorite getaway?
Ogunquit, ME

What’s the best thing about working at Harmony?
The people…we have an amazing group of people.

What do you do to have fun?
I play with my grandkids or play golf.

Have you been told you look like someone famous? If so, who?
In earlier days—John Denver.

What is that one thing which makes you different?
I seem to have a unique means of remembering songs and recording artists.

If you could have an extra storage room for one thing, what would you use to fill it?
Books

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
If I could choose one person from history—Abraham Lincoln.


Wes Parker

Wes Parker

Worship & Arts Pastor

Where were you born?
St. Joseph, MO

Favorite food?
Chipotle

Favorite movie?
Tombstone

Favorite getaway?
Osage Beach, Branson

What’s the best thing about working at Harmony?
Getting to work with friends.

What do you do to have fun?
Enjoying good food with friends, listening to live music (especially jazz)

Mark Surls

Mark Surls

Student Ministries Pastor

Where were you born?
Tulsa, OK

Favorite food?
Ribeye Steaks

Favorite movie?
The Great Escape

Favorite getaway?
Disneyworld

What’s the best thing about working at Harmony?
Staff meetings—to get to sit with men and women of God and strategize about how to build the kingdom of God is an awesome experience for me! Seriously, I love it!!!!

What do you do to have fun?
Play golf, bowl, or play ping-pong or table games with my friends and family. I’ve never been beaten at the game of RISK!

Have you been told you look like someone famous? If so, who?
Yes! Telly Savales—you’ve got to love it, baby!

What is that one thing which makes you different?
I can find the humor in almost anything.

If you could have an extra storage room for one thing, what would you use to fill it?
A magic storage closet full of magic tricks and magic DVDs.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Bill Hybels or Billy Graham (I can’t decide)

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Children’s Pastor

Where were you born?
St. Joseph, MO

Favorite food?
Chocolate

Favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice

Favorite getaway?
Cozy chair, steaming mug of tea, open book.

What’s the best thing about working at Harmony?
I appreciate the opportunity to be a blessing to kids and families every week. I also like working with people who love God and seek His will, and who aren’t hesitant to scrap the day’s agenda when God shows up with another plan.

What do you do to have fun?
Hang out at home with my family and my doggies.

Have you been told you look like someone famous? If so, who?
Winona Ryder (back when I was young and she was famous)

What is that one thing which makes you different?
I am a good listener.

If you could have an extra storage room for one thing, what would you use to fill it?
Books

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Jane Austen

Our Elders

Tim Gerdts

Tim Gerdts

Elder

Where were you born?
Clarinda, Iowa

Favorite food?
Steak

Favorite book or movie?
Rain Man

Favorite getaway?
We don’t getaway much. Looks like I need to make that one happen. 😉

What’s the best thing about working at Harmony?
I love how everyone’s goal is to see the Kingdom of God advance without thought of their own personal agenda.

Scott Belke

Scott Belke

Elder

sbelke@harmonyvineyard.com

Married to Cyndie for 34 years, Scott points to three children and two grandchildren as signs of God’s goodness. He came to faith in Christ at age 12 and grew into a deeper relationship with the Lord in his 20s. Professionally, Scott has been a commercial real estate appraiser and consultant for over 30 years, operating his own business for the past 14. He holds the MAI designation and has been the President of the Kansas City Appraisal Institute. Yet, he has maintained a fervent devotion to the Lord’s Church in Kansas City for well over two decades, contributing to Harmony’s growth for the past 12 years in the areas of prayer and ministry to children. Scott and Cyndie have served as the faithful leaders of Harmony’s multiple, weekly prayer meetings for years. A self-proclaimed “sports nut,” he enjoys all-things-sporty: golf, fishing, snow skiing, cycling, weight lifting, basketball and mountain climbing.

Curt Kelly

Curt Kelly

Elder

Where were you born?
Savannah, MO

Favorite food?
Italian

Favorite movie?
Romantic comedies (with my wife)

Favorite getaway?
Maine

What’s the best thing about working at Harmony?
The people

What do you do to have fun?
Spend time with my wife and family

Have you been told you look like someone famous? If so, who?
Tony Danza

What is the one thing which makes you different?
I have a boisterous laugh

If you could have an extra storage room for one thing, what would you use to fill it?
Tools to build crafts for my wife

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Myself, but there are some people I would like to hang out with.

Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton

Elder

msexton@harmonyvineyard.com

Referring to Harmony as “a humble, healing home,” Mike and Yvonne joined our fellowship almost seven years ago. Married for 30 years, they have three adult children. Mike’s journey of faith has unfolded entirely in the Kansas City area, growing and serving in the Church all his life. His professional career has taken him in diverse directions: warehousing, sales, retail management, fast food management, construction and business ownership. Currently, he’s employed as the Marketing Manager at Wear-Concepts in Liberty. Mike’s ministry is flavored by a gracious prophetic gift and a heart to see others grow in revelatory gifting’s, as well. As “king of the smoker,” Mike’s enjoyment of grilling meats becomes the mouth-watering, burnt offerings the rest of us crave. He relaxes with family and friends – preferably in the weight room, at the shooting range or with a sketch pad.