Transitional Pastor

Rev. Dr. Fred A. Holbrook
Fred Holbrook is GCPC’s Transitional Pastor, coming from Lynchburg, Va., where he served as the Interim Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church. A Virginia native son, Fred and his wife, Laura Wells Holbrook, have enjoyed working in joint ministry for many years. Laura is currently Interim Director of Christian Education at Grace Covenant, having started in late July 2016. In 2002, Fred was called to serve as Executive Director at Massanetta Springs Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Va., a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to that, he was pastor and head of staff at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, VA, and at Amity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, Fred was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. He entered interim ministry in 2014 and has loved the experience. In addition to singing, playing 12-string guitar, and woodworking, Fred loves to play the Great Highland Bagpipes and the Parlor Pipes! He and Laura have three adult children: Rebekah (Richmond, VA), Philip (Grottoes, VA), and Mary Beth (Williamsburg, VA).   Fred can do a strong impression of Donald Duck’s voice and loves puns. Whenever he is so inclined, Laura says to all around, “Don’t laugh at him! He won’t stop!” About his call to Overland Park, Fred says, “I feel honored and humbled to join the GCPC family, and look forward to our journey into God’s good future.”

Staff

Prater-fullDirector of Music Ministries – Rebecca Prater
Rebecca Prater has been director of music ministries at GCPC since 2005. She earned a master’s degree in church music and choral conducting from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, where upon graduation she was awarded the “outstanding honors award in conducting.” Rebecca has done post-graduate studies in choral conducting at UMKC-Conservatory of Music. She has studied conducting with Drs. Milburn Price and Eph Ehly. She has taught at Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, and William Jewell College, Liberty, MO. In 2014, Rebecca was honored to direct our senior high choir at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. In May of 2016 our Grace Covenant singers joined forces with choirs from Anderson University to present John Rutter’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall. The concert was under the co-direction of Rebecca Prater & Dr. Richard Williamson of Anderson University, SC. Rebecca is married to Darryl and they have a young adult son, Daniel, and a Dachshund daughter, Lucy.
milesDirector of Youth Ministries – Miles McDonald
Miles McDonald completed his undergraduate degree in Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music, his master’s degree in Business Administration at Baker University, and received his Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Originally from Des Moines, Miles was brought up in the ELCA Lutheran Church, raised his daughters in Episcopal and Catholic schools, and since 2007 has served at GCPC which he dearly loves. Prior to finding GCPC, Miles was the Director of Youth Ministries at Faith Lutheran in Prairie Village and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection prior to that. While working in the audio and video production field in his early career Miles was active in the church and developed a passion for youth ministry. He and his wife Ronda have two daughters, Anna and Caroline, who continue to humor Miles by pretending to enjoy watching Phineas and Ferb episodes with him.
Laura-Holbrook-staff-photo-Interim Director of Christian Education – Laura Wells Holbrook
Laura Holbrook has deep roots in the Presbyterian Church. She has a BA in Bible and Religion from King College in Bristol, TN and a MA in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, VA. Laura served Hickory Grove, Amity, and Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Churches as the Director of Christian Education before becoming Program Director and Christian Educator to the wider church at Massanetta Springs. Joining her husband Fred in interim ministry, she has served First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, VA before coming to Grace Covenant. Laura teaches and leads workshops in the areas of children’s ministry, youth leadership, parenting, and women’s spirituality retreats. Relational ministry is her passion and she seeks to “create church” that is authentic, relevant, and engaging. A lover of music, watercolor painting, gardening, and majestic trees, Laura is happiest when friends and family are at her table, sharing food and fellowship.

Patrick Bell small b&wChurch Administrator – Patrick Bell
Patrick has extensive experience in communications, both for churches and other nonprofit agencies. He has served both Episcopal and Presbyterian churches. including 15 years as director of communications for Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village. He is a loyal Jayhawk, having attended the journalism school at KU, and finds traveling has become his biggest hobby.

deniceContemporary Music Coordinator – Denice Trawicki
Denice Trawicki is in her 12th+ year as contemporary music director here at GCPC. She is originally from Topeka, Kansas, and is a proud graduate of Washburn University with a degree in music education. After teaching in the Topeka area for 2 years, she moved to the Kansas City metro where she began teaching elementary general music in the Olathe School District and is celebrating her 11th year with the district. In her spare time, Denice enjoys running, musical theater, reading, and being kept busy by her family: husband Joe, son Trey, and daughter Mara.

lindaOrganist – Linda Dover
Linda Dover has held the position of organist at GCPC for over 15 years. Her organ performance experiences began in 1971 and have continued through the years at Presbyterian, Methodist and Mennonite churches. She earned her BME at Friends University and is enjoying her 32nd year as an elementary music teacher in the Blue Valley School District. She and her husband, Bob, have 2 children.
danielDrummer – Daniel Cole
Daniel began formally studying percussion in elementary school and continued his education in music all the way through college at Missouri Western State University. He will graduate this semester with a major in General Studies and a double minor in music (performance/technology). Daniel stays busy performing with various groups around the city. At GCPC Daniel will play predominantly in the 8:50am service with our Praise Team. However, you will see him from time to time with other groups and presentations.
kathyKid’s Day Out Director – Kathy Connor
Kathy Connor has been director of Kid’s Day Out since 1994. She graduated from Kansas State University with a BS degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. She and her husband, Marc, are native Kansas Citians and have two daughters. One is a student at Kansas State University and the other is married and living in San Antonio, TX.
carolynChild Care Coordinator – Carolyn Chaffin
A lifelong Presbyterian and member of GCPC since 2000, Carolyn has been caring for our youngest members since January 2001. Carolyn and her husband, Chris, are the proud parents of Claire, Chloe, Camille and Connor.
laraWedding Coordinator – Lara Schesser
Lara has been the wedding coordinator since 2005 and a member of GCPC since 1998. She provides pre-wedding consultations, as well as coordinating the rehearsal and ceremony. Lara greatly enjoys being a part of a couple’s big day, and strives to make the occasion a happy and stress-free one! Lara is also a special education teacher at a local high school. She and her husband have one son.