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Church Staff

 Senior Pastor                                         

The Reverend Choongho Kwon

 

    Rev. Choongho Daniel Kwon is the new senior pastor of Avondale United Methodist Church (since July, 2015). He has been serving as a United Methodist minister since 2001. Rev. Kwon is one of a few “cross-cultural” ministers of The Missouri Conference of United Methodist Church. He was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from Yonsei University, Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, and Saint Paul School of Theology. He is in a doctoral course at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

As a church leader, Rev. Kwon identifies his leadership styles as “a reformer” and “a team builder.” He is excited to work with the Avondale leaders and staff. Like other ministers, he likes preaching, teaching, and leadership study.

His hobbies are playing softball, watching Korean dramas and MLB, and playing games with his children.  

Rev. Kwon and his family are welcomed to Avondale United Methodist Church.

 

“Hello! My name is Choongho. My family and I are very excited to be launching a new adventure with Avondale United Methodist Church. I hope to see you and your family soon in one of Avondale’s Sunday worship services!”

 


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Youth Director

Tony McBroom

 

   I currently attend William Jewell College as a senior in pursuit of my BSN in nursing in hopes to work in pediatrics or the ER following graduation. I have been involved in youth ministry since 2007 and have been leading small groups since 2009. In my first year of college off campus I interned at Pleasant Valley Baptist in the youth group for middle school and high school in both small groups and worship. My sophomore year up to current I have been serving at 2nd Baptist in Liberty MO as a middle school student pastor intern as well as partnering with CBF. On campus I have helped start an Fellowship of Student Athletes group (FCA), lead worship for MOSIAC which is our main student ministry venue, and meet with students regularly for discipleship.

   I have a huge passion for students, furthering their love for God, as well as how to be able to love themselves for who God made them. I am very excited to start this new journey with the youth of Avondale, and partnering in ministry with the church.

  


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Program Director and Bell Choir Director 

Mark Keeney

 

   Mark Keeney wears many hats at Avondale United Methodist Church. You can find him directing the Jubilee Ringers Bell Choir, working on images and slides to be used on the big screen for Worship, making coffee in the entry way, setting up chairs for Sunday School, updating the church website, and many other tasks that help keep the operation of the church running smoothly.

   Mark is a Graduate of Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) with a degree in Music Education.  

   As a son of a church secretary he grew up in the Northland area and the United Methodist Church. He married Sandy in 1982 and has 2 children, Linda Trossbach who lives with her husband Josh, and granddaughter Amelia in Maryland, and Bradley who has graduated with a degree in English.

   Mark became a member of Avondale UMC the fall of 1988.

 


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Church Secretary

Sandra Smith

 Sandy Smith has been the church secretary at Avondale United Methodist Church for 16 years.  She has a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. She also has 2 boxer companions, Katie and Rosie.

She enjoys traveling throughout the United States.  Her favorite destination is San Diego to visit her son David and his family, and Southern Florida, where she resided for several years.

“I’ve made many friends at Avondale UMC during the years I’ve served as secretary, and I feel blessed to be there.” 

  


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Director of Music Ministries

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Organist

 John Livingston

   John Livingston started taking piano lesson at age 10 in his hometown of Salem, Oregon. By the time he was 13, Mr. Livingston was already accompanying for other musicians and upon the retirement of his own instructor, was given her students to continue teaching. Around this time, Mr. Livingston performed his first recital, presenting the works of Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach. The performance was a success and in the subsequent 5 years, he organized his own recitals. In these recitals, he presented solo works as well as continued to accompany and collaborate with his friends as guest musicians in these recitals. These self-­‐organized recitals began to awaken and develop Mr. Livingston’s enjoyment of collaboration and accompanying.

   In 2006, Mr. Livingston, then a senior in high school, began to study piano under John T. Bartsch Jr., Professor of Music at Corban University. He continued his studies under Professor Bartsch until 2008, during which he was a finalist in the Wiscarson Concerto competition in 2007 and 2008. Also in 2008, Mr. Livingston won the Iva Turner Competition. In addition to working on his solo performance, Mr. Livingston became  highly sought after as an accompanist for student recitals and juries. Furthering his musical talents and capabilities, Mr. Livingston also performed original works in Corban’s bi-­‐yearly composition recitals.

   Branching out in 2009, Mr. Livingston started collaborating with Dennis L. Dunn, a local lyricist and writer, to produce music for Mr. Dunn’s lyrics. Also during this time, Mr. Livingston partnered with Pentacle Theater in their production of “My Fair Lady”. His talents were developed as both a rehearsal and performance pianist for musical theater during this partnership. From this initial foray into musical theater, Mr. Livingston continued to work with Pentacle Theater on 6 of their next musicals. Mr. Livingston continued to strengthen his reputation as an accompanist and worked with local middle and high school choirs. Notably, he accompanied for West Salem  High School’s choir in their 1st place performance in Oregon State High School Choir competition in the year 2013. For Mr. Livingston, accompanying and collaborating had become a way of creating bonding experiences between the musicians and extending to audience of these performances.

   Mr. Livingston then sought to further his musical education and move beyond  the local sphere. He was accepted to the University of Missouri-­‐Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he currently studies piano performance under the esteemed Dr. Robert Weirich. While continuing his performance education,  Mr. Livingston still cultivates his love and talent as an accompanist and collaborator. In his own words “I enjoy creating something beautiful and special with other people, there’s something intimate about it.”


Hear the organ on the Organ Page.


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Visitation Minister

Judy Everley

 

 Judy Everley is the Visitation Minister at Avondale United Methodist Church. She enjoys serving our congregation and community in a variety of ways. Judy grew up in various towns in Northwest Missouri as her father was a United Methodist Minister. Yes it is true, she is a PK (preachers kid).

 Judy graduated from Benton High School in St. Joseph, and then from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's of Science in elementary education. She has a Masters Degree from Webster University. Judy taught elementary school for 28 years and retired in 2005.

 Judy and her husband Bob, have four children. Amy and David live in Kansas City and Brian and Chris live in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. They have ten grandchildren and are great-grandparents.

 Spending time whith her grandchildren is her favorite pastime. She also enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and being with family and friends.

 


Nursery Attendant

Rachel Phelps

 
 Rachel has worked in childcare for 8 years. She has worked as a babysitter, nanny, and site manger of child care program. Currently, besides working in the Avondale UMC nursery, she is a Behavioral Interventionist in the North Kansas City School District.
 Rachel graduated with the Gold Medallion Honors Diploma in 2007 from North Kansas City High School. In 2009, Rachel graduated from Maple Woods Community College with an Associate in Education. Rachel continued her education at Park University; where she graduated as a Dean’s Honor Scholar with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2012.
 Rachel likes to spend her free time with her husband, Colby, and family. She also enjoys crafting with her best friend Kat and dining out at Mexican Restaurants.    

 Nursery Attendant  

Oliver Drambour 

 

  Oliver has been working with children for 7 years, as a babysitter and is currently a Site Manager at Gashland Elementary School for the School Age Child Care Program.
 
  Oliver graduated from Oak Park High School is 2007, and continued his education at Maple Woods Community College with an associates degree in social work, he’s currently going back to school studying to become a Registered Nurse with the hopes of working in hospice. 
 
  In his free time, he loves spending time with his fiancee, Lauren, and their two dogs, Stanley and Mara. He loves photography, reading, and sitting around a campfire.

 


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Nursery Attendant

Kathryn Boman

 

   Kat has worked in childcare for 7 years. She has worked as a camp counselor, babysitter, nanny, and au pair for American Diplomats. Currently, besides working in the Avondale UMC nursery, she is Site Manager of Winnwood Adventure Club for the School Age Child Care in the North Kansas City School District.

   Kat graduated with the Gold Medallion Honors Diploma in 2007 from North Kansas City High School. In 2010, Kat graduated Cum Laude and as a University Honors Scholar from Colorado State University with a B.A. in anthropology. In 2012 Kat earned her CELTA certificate (which certifies her to teach english to speakers of other languages) from Bridge TEFL and the University of Cambridge. Currently she is attending UMKC to earn her Masters of Social Work.

   Kat likes to spend her free time with her fiance Joe and stepson Vrem. Kat aspires to be a professional bull-rider.