Our Leadership

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Jason Briggs


Office: (913) 681-3003
E-Mail: pastor@fellowshipofgrace.org

Favorite verse:  Better a day in your courts than a thousand anywhere else.  I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than live in the tents of wicked people.  For the Lord God is a sun and shield.  The Lord grants favor and honor; he does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.  Happy is the person who trusts in you, Lord of Armies!   Psalm 84:10-12

Interests:  Coffee, college football, movies and music.


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Janelle Otoya

Communications Director

Office: (913) 681-3003
E-Mail: communications@fellowshipofgrace.org

Favorite verse: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:34

Interests:  Date nights with my husband, Jose. Watching classic movies and musicals with my daughter, Katie. Playing board games - especially when our son, Brandon plays.  Having friends over for dinner. Baking. Decorating cakes and cookies. Going on road trips. Appreciating God's creation and witnessing His miracles every day. (Oh, and eating all the stuff I bake.)


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Leslie Simmons


Office: (913) 681-3003
E-Mail: bookkeeper@fellowshipofgrace.org

Favorite verse: "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23

Interests: vacations at the beach, spending time with grandchildren


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Jon Rasmussen

Elder Chair

E-Mail: elderjon@fellowshipofgrace.org

Favorite verse: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Interests:  Apple products, spending time with family, helping with car repairs, & Church


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Doris Holthaus

Grace Garden Preschool, Director

Office: (913) 239-9787
E-Mail: gracegarden@fellowshipofgrace.org

Favorite verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6

Interests: spending time with grandchildren & family, and gardening


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Chet Toole


E-Mail: elderchet@fellowshipofgrace.org

Favorite verse: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." - Ephesians 1:3

Interests: music (orchestral, choral, band), reading history, travel


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Howard Holthaus


E-Mail: hdholthaus@gmail.com

Favorite verse:  "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Interests: Listening to Contemporary Christian music, spending time with children and grandchildren, history, setting puzzles, watching college basketball


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Jose Otoya


E-Mail: jose.otoya.jo@gmail.com

Favorite verse:  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - John 3:16-18

Interests:  Studying and teaching God's word from Genesis to Revelation chapter by chapter, verse by verse. Learning new vertical, biblical praise and worship music. Spending time with my family, especially taking long road trips with my wife, Janelle, is something I treasure. Finally, traveling to shoot landscape photography as it is a constant reminder of the beauty that the Lord God has created for us to enjoy and behold. 


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Pete Reitz


E-Mail: pete@the-rf.com

Favorite Verse:  "You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.' My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." Job 42:4-5

Interests:  Family life, how things work, cookies