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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 ...

Senior pastor Brian Hiortdahl hails from Southern California, where most of his family still lives. Brian attended Lutheran schools all his life, which nourished his passion for Gods Word and human ...

Pete Anderson

Council - Stewardship/Foundation
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 ...

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 ...

Mandy Heitman

Council - 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

Council - 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

Council - 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

Council - Worship Life/Care Ministry 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 ...

Nikki Esser

Council - 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 ...

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

Council - Community Life
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 ...