Staff2019-10-27T18:23:32-06:00

Pastor

Scott Phillips

Pastor Scott Phillips is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. His first call was at First Presbyterian Church in Berthoud, CO in 2006, a small church in a front range farming community. In 2011, he became Pastor at Westview Presbyterian in Longmont, CO where he served until 2017. Scott, his wife, Julie and son, Josh are now happy to make Kansas City their home.

Julie has served several -profit organizations focused on mental health and Josh is a baseball-loving, joke telling dynamo, who is in the fourth grade. They also have a dog, Chocolate, who is Northminster’s first canine intern.

“We are excited about the possibilities and atmosphere of Northminster; community connections, fostering a sense of family, and (most importantly) passionately sharing God’s love and hope. It is in a place we love and mirrors our loves, callings and priorities. We are extremely excited to see what God has in store for all of us together!”

Scott can be reached at NorthminsterPastor@gmail.com

Office Administrator

Teri VanGilder

As office administrator, Teri keeps us organized. She handles the daily tasks and keeps us moving forward as we work to serve God within our congregation and in the community.

It’s fair to say that Teri’s roots are deeply planted in our church community. She began attending Northminster at age eight, growing up in the church, and raising her own family here, as well. She began working in the office in 2005, and has been a blessing to us each day. You can count on Teri help find the information you’re looking for.

Teri can be reached at teri@northminsterkc.org

Accompanist

Lisa Hickman

Lisa has been playing the piano since the age of three when her neighbor began teaching her what she had learned at her own piano lessons.  She began accompanying choirs and playing for musicals starting in the 7th grade at Northgate Jr. High.

She is currently the vocal music accompanist at Oak Park High School; playing for 6 choirs, playing in the pit orchestra for musicals and accompanying at district and state competitions for choir as well as band students. She has played in the pit orchestra for several KCMO TIP, OPHS and GTIP productions over the years.

Lisa is currently furthering her education at Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary where she is working on her Master’s in Pastoral Counseling. In her spare time, she enjoys Bible study, watching Hallmark movies and spending time with her kids, Natalie, Andrew and Sam, as well as her daughter-in-law, Brittney.  She welcomed her first grandchild, Kinzlee Mae into the family last year.  Kinzlee is her pride and joy; along with her other kiddos. Her fur babies, Yogurt, Libby and Cleo take up a lot of her time, as well.

Lisa can be reached at AccompanistNMPC@gmail.com

Choir Director

Randall Miller

Randall is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where, during high school he began studying pipe organ under a doctoral student at Washington University. Randall continued with church music in college, studying pipe organ and choral directing and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in education and church music from Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois. After college, Randall served Lutheran congregations in Chicago and Kansas as teacher, organist, and choir director. Although changing careers to information technology, earning a Master’s degree in IT management from Webster University, and moving to several midwestern cities, Randall continued serving as a choir member and substitute organist at his home congregations.

In 2017, Randall responded to the Holy Spirit’s call to ministry and began work toward a Master of Divinity degree at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. In October 2018, Randall took an early retirement from his IT career to focus on ministerial studies and service.

Randall is married to Barbara Mathis Miller, the Director of Orchestras at North Kansas City High School. Randall and Barbara met at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he was serving as organist and choir accompanist and she sang in the choir. They have two sons, Stuart and Colin, who are both in college and finishing Master’s degrees in engineering fields.

Randall is delighted to have “returned to his musical roots” and excited to be serving in the music ministry at Northminster.

Randall can be reached at ChoirDirectorNMPC@gmail.com

Church Librarian/Historian

Mary Greenup

Mary has organized four church libraries and Northminster is fortunate to have her in charge of ours. “I owe my sister for giving me the love of books and reading. Long before I ever started school she would take me to the library. Books and libraries became magical to me.” Mary’s two favorite Christian books are In His Steps by Charles Sheldon and Not My Will by Francena Arnold.

Nursery Attendants

Our Nursery Attendants are a big part of the Northminster Family. Our nursery is available from 9:15 AM through the end of Worship and cares for children from infant through kindergarten. Both of our attendants are CPR certified, well-versed in childcare and just fun to be around.

Victoria Njeru