Midlands Mission Center

Kat Hnatyshyn

Mission Center President Team


Kat Hnatyshyn, a self-sustaining minister for Community of Christ, is on the Mission Center President Team for Midlands Mission Center in the Central USA Mission Field.

Kat was pastor of her congregation for 10 years and served on the Leadership Council in the Mission Center. She currently serves on the Investment Committee with World Church and on the World Church Finance Board. She holds the priesthood office of High Priest.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Kat received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Speech Communications and Minor in Church Leadership and Religion from Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. Kat and her husband Alex live in Overland Park, KS with two small boys, Jack and Pete. She works as a Director for a local credit union.

Email: [email protected]

Cell: 816.506.6948

Allen Keehler

Mission Center President Team

Allen Keehler, a bi-vocational minister with Community of Christ, is a member of the Midlands Mission Center President Team i​n the Central USA Mission Field.

He has been actively engaged in youth ministry for more than 20 years as a congregational youth leader, camp director and pastor, and mission center youth minister. He and his wife, Tammy, currently direct the TWIST program encouraging youth to become engaged in community service. Allen has also been a strong advocate for young adult ministry and new expressions of faith within the mission center. He holds the office of High Priest.

Allen and his wife, Tammy, live in Kansas City. They enjoy time spent traveling with their three sons, appreciating the beauty of creation, and basking in the sun of tropical locals.

Email: [email protected]

Work: 816.810.5690

Sharon Spaans

Mission Center President Team




Email: [email protected]

Work: 316.734.0632

Stan Troeh

Mission Center President Team

Stan Troeh, a bi-vocational minister with Community of Christ, is a member of the Midlands Mission Center President team in the Central USA Mission Field.

He was born in Idaho, started walking in California, went through school in New York, Iowa and Uruguay. He has been actively engaged in congregational life throughout his life, and in mission center leadership for nearly 20 years. With passions for worship, peace and justice, education and inclusiveness, he and his wife, Grace, have taught many Temple School courses, particularly for priesthood education, and shared in ministry throughout our mission center.  He holds the office of High Priest.

Stan and Grace live in Kansas City, Kansas. They enjoy time with family (especially the new grandparent role), ministry, travel and camping.

Email: [email protected]

Work: 913.522.9516

Wim van Klinken

Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Wim van Klinken, a full time minister, serves as Chief Information and Technology Officer at the international headquarters of Community of Christ and as member of the Midlands Mission Center’s Financial Officer Team. He holds the priesthood office of bishop.

Wim was born and raised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After a career as entrepreneur in IT, Wim started working for Community of Christ as President of the Europe Mission Center in 2004. Three years later, he, his wife, Debora, and son, Max, moved to Kansas City, MO to serve the church in the USA. Since, he is also very involved in the nonprofit sector in the Greater Kansas City area.

In the Netherlands, Wim obtained degrees in Economics, Business Science, Music, Asset Management, and Business Administration. In the USA, he obtained a Masters of Art in Religion from Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa and an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Email: [email protected]

Work: 816.521.3070

Emily Hidy

Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Emily Hidy, a self-sustaining minister for Community of Christ, is on the Mission Center Financial Officer Team for Midlands Mission Center in the Central USA Mission Field.

Emily received a BA in Mathematics from Graceland University, and taught high school math for six years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She spent time as a co-congregation financial officer and holds the priesthood office of Priest.

Emily and her husband, Craig, raise their two boys in Topeka, KS. They enjoy vacationing in Colorado, camping in their popup, and outdoor activities like biking and hiking.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 316.680.8508

Steve Beckman

Mission Center Financial Officer Team

Steve Beckman, a self-sustaining minister for Community of Christ, is on the Mission Center Financial Officer Team for Midlands Mission Center in the Central USA Mission Field.

Steve received degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration from Graceland University and has his Masters of Business Administration from Mid America Nazarene University. He is a Product Manager for Sprint in Overland Park. He serves on the Finance Team for the Olathe congregation and holds the office of Elder. 

Steve and his wife Laura live in Olathe, KS and have three boys.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 913.314.4497

Kristine Shipley

Mission Center Financial Officer Team