Dr. Murray Frick-Intentional Interim Pastor
Pastor Murray comes to WPCC as the Intentional Interim serving during the congregation’s discernment process of seeking a new senior pastor. Murray has served in a variety of ministerial positions including Pastor, Sr. Pastor, Executive Director (Council of Churches, Upstate New York) and International Pastor/Missionary (Brussels, Belgium) before coming to WPCC. Murray’s education is varied as well, with undergraduate work at Culver-Stockton College, graduate work at the University of Chicago and doctoral work at Drew University.
Along the way, Pastor Murray has also served as a Police Chaplain, a Chaplain for ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), as a trained hostage negotiator, and trainer in Pastoral Crisis Intervention. Pastor Murray is also a retired FIFA referee, has won national and international recognition for his theatre technical design, has extensive experience in pit orchestras for theatre and opera companies, has played in concert bands, jazz bands and ceilidh groups (Scots-Irish dance).
Murray and his wife, Sue enjoy travel. They have been fortunate to have seen much of Europe while serving there, traveled in India, Africa, the Middle East and S. America. To celebrate Murray’s sabbatical and Sue’s 60th birthday Murray undertook a 1500-mile bike ride while Sue walked the Camino de Santiago (“Santiago de Compostela”), a 500-mile, full pack solo pilgrimage.
Murray and Sue have three daughters: Erin, a retired actress and personal trainer and mother of their only grandchild; Alana, an international teacher currently teaching in Santiago, Chile; and Kate, an athletic trainer serving the US Army at Ft. Sill.
Cindy Crouse-Associate Pastor
Cindy Crouse joined the WPCC Ministry team in July, 2014 as the Administrative Pastor. Her title was changed to Associate Pastor in November, 2019. In this position, Cindy assists the senior pastor in the areas of teaching, pastoral care and office management. She helps coordinate many of the church's events and is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the church’s staff, leading all functional areas in the accomplishment of the church’s mission which includes discipleship, outreach, worship and the overall business aspects of the church. She also serves in the youth ministry working alongside the youth sponsors.
Cindy’s background includes 27 years in Education, primarily in Counseling. The last eight years she was the Coordinator of Counseling for the St. Joseph School District. Her experience also includes several years working with churches throughout the country in the area of finances where she coordinated and conducted several capital campaigns. Cindy attended Oklahoma Baptist University and while there completed Old and New Testament courses but later transferred and graduated from Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University studying education, counseling and administration. Cindy draws on her background of teaching to lead the women's Bible Study and she also facilitates a monthly grief support group.
Cindy enjoys gardening, reading, walking and most of all just being with family. She and her husband, John were married in 1979 and live on a farm east of St. Joseph. Their family consists of Jami (AJ), Jill (Andrew), Jessica and four grandchildren, Drew, Lottie, Laynie and Mila.
Tonya Ball-Children's Ministry Director
Tonya joined the staff of Wyatt Park in May 2014 after volunteering in the Children’s Ministry Program in many capacities. In her current role as Children's Ministry Director she leads ministry that will enable children (preschool through middle school) to know, love and follow Jesus Christ.
Tonya is originally from northwest Missouri but after attending college at the University of Central Missouri, Tonya and her husband David lived throughout Missouri and Central and southern Indiana before returning to the Saint Joseph area in 2005.
When looking for a church home they wanted a church that had an active children and youth program since they have four children. While searching the internet Tonya found Wyatt Park Christian Church. She liked all that WPCC offered for children... little did she know that God would call her to serve the children of WPCC. If you ever want to talk more about children's ministry, Tonya would love to talk to you.
Mark Pennington-Worship Director
Mark Pennington was born and raised outside of St. Joseph, Missouri, and grew up in a small rural Christian church. It was there that he began using his talents and building his musical skills as a vocalist and pianist. By the time he entered high school he was leading worship, playing the piano and the organ, and singing in the choir.
Mark left northwest Missouri to attend Kansas State University where he majored in Speech and Theatre. From there, he went on to become an entertainer singing and dancing with legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing in the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” and singing back-up for the legendary country & western singer Eddy Arnold. He lived in NYC for thirteen years and performed in clubs, theatres, and on national television, as well as continuing to perform nationally and internationally.
In 1996, Mark returned to the St. Joseph area and again began to apply his music skills in worship as worship director at Central Christian. In 2003, he began leading the contemporary praise service at Wyatt Park Christian as well as planning worship. In 2013, he took over as the Director of Worship and now oversees the worship arts at Wyatt Park.
Mark’s full time job is teaching middle school and high school students in the East Buchanan C-1 School District where he also oversees drama productions. Prior to that, he was a vocal music and theatre teacher at Central High School in St. Joseph.
Mark completed his Masters of Music Education at the Conservatory of Music and Dance on the UMKC campus.
Email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peggy Verbick- Office Manager
Peggy joined the office staff in 1997 part-time as Communications Secretary, and in 2012 added the responsibilities of Office Manager. Her duties include preparing the weekly worship bulletins, the monthly church newsletter, The Call to Worship, and other mailings as needed. Her added duties as Office Manager include ordering supplies, paying the bills and preparing the monthly financial statements.
Peggy graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Business Degree in Accounting. Her prior work experience includes 14 years as a secretary at the American Angus Association.
Peggy and her husband, Darren (retired worship director for WPCC), live in St. Joseph. They have one grown son, Tyler (Erin), and a granddaughter, Charlotte Paige.