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Council Members

The Council of Atonement Lutheran Church is responsible for establishing, and then ensuring and safeguarding the congregational vision for mission. Along with the Pastor, they provide counsel to the Ministry Directors. Click here for communications and updates to the congregation. 

Jim Dalbec

Council President
Jim is retired after 35 years at General Motors and 5 years consulting in the auto industry. He and his wife, Kaye, have been members of Atonement since 2002. He also serves on the board of MLM and ...

Dan Greer

Council Vice-President
Dan has been a member of Atonement since 2008 and works at Swiss Re here in Overland Park as an actuary. He and his wife Dawn live in Leawood and have three children, Matthew, Lily and Amy. In his ...

David Lind

Council Treasurer
Dave and his wife Laurie have been Atonement members since 1983. Since that time, Dave has been actively involved in youth activities (Sunday School teacher, Confirmation leader, “Yes Way” helper, etc...

Janette Schumm

Council Secretary
Janette and her husband Gene moved from Wyoming to Kansas City in 1971 and joined Atonement in 1976. Their son, Keith, lives in Shawnee with his wife, Katie. Janette owned and operated a Certified ...

Pete Anderson

Stewardship/Foundation Liaison
Pete and Denise Anderson have been Atonement members since 1995. They have three kids in high school, Jacob, Maggie and Sam. Denise and the kids are all quite active at Atonement. Pete teaches ...

Nikki Esser

Communications Liaison
My husband Chris and I joined Atonement almost 19 years ago, shortly after making Kansas our home. We have three kids: Jacob (12 years old), Jordan (10 years old) and Emerson (8 years old). I worked ...

Mandy Heitman

Missional Life Liaison
Mandy is an attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon as a litigation analyst in their pharmaceutical and medical device division. She lives in Overland Park and has been an Atonement member since 2006. ...

Phyllis Jensen

Spiritual Life Liaison
Phyllis is a retired school counselor. She has been a member of Atonement since 1973. Phyllis has two daughters, Jennifer and Jill. Jennifer and Andy Kesinger and their children are members of ...

Joe Johansen

Property Liaison
Joe and Phyllis Johansen have been members of Atonement for 30 years. Prior to retirement, Joe was a National Account Director serving the Financial Services industry. He has served as a member of the...

Sue Kaldahl

Worship Life/Caring Ministries Liaison
Sue grew up in a home where dad, Rev. Alton Schwandt, was a Lutheran Pastor. Her life revolved around the church in the various communities she lived throughout the Midwest. Through the church she ...

Karen Prange

Spiritual Life Liaison
Karen and her husband, Tom have been members at Atonement for three years. In addition to attending worship, Karen has enjoyed being a part of the Children’s Ministry at Atonement both as a teacher ...

Kari Walberg

Community Life Liaison
Kari recently has been a member since 2006, but originally joined Atonement in 1974 with her family when they moved from Chicago to Overland Park - her parents, Carl and Carol are still Atonement ...