Ministry Area: I serve as part of the congregational care team. We try to make sure that the church is responding to all the pastoral care needs of our members. We also lead the Stephen Ministry and its on-going work in our congregation. This includes training, on-going education and supervision of our Stephen Ministers. I am employed part-time and so am not in my office a lot, but church staff know how to get hold of me.

Brief Bio: I was born here in Wichita, attended Riverside Elementary, John Marshall Junior High and am a proud graduated of North High School. I then attended and graduated from Friends University (squeezing my four years into five). I was a four-year football letterman at Friends. I then attended and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary and later received my Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University. I have served United Methodist Churches in Kiowa, Kansas, Abilene, Kansas and Valley Center, Kansas. I currently serve full-time as a Chaplain with Good Shepherd Hospice, here in Wichita.

Family: Deb and I have been married for thirty-eight years and have three grown children – Katrina, Ryan and Jessica – along with three grandchildren. We are very blessed to have all of them living in the Wichita area! Deb works as receptionist at Downing and Lahey Mortuary, East.

Interests: I have a lot of interests and activities I enjoy! I enjoy working in my yard and around the house. I have done a number of remodel projects for people over the years. I enjoy playing and watching all sports. I also play guitar – I just don’t practice enough. And I love a good cup of coffee. I enjoy all kinds of music, but some of my favorites are the class oldies of Rock and Roll.

Favorite Movies and Music: Probably my all time favorite movie is “Fiddler on the Roof” (I love the theology and attitude of Tevya). Others would include “The Godfather” saga movies, “The Sting”, “The Bourne Identity” series, and “Vacation” (with Chevy Chase).

My Life Verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

talt@firstwichita.org