As Lutheran Christians, we believe that God calls people to fill all sorts of vocations (“callings”), from mother to student to whatever our roles and relationships may be in this world. “Called Staff” are those who have received special training for roles in the church’s ministry and who have a special focus on sharing God’s Word through His ministry here.
Rev. Bryan Drebes
Office Phone: 402-391-9625
Pastor Drebes was born in Hannibal, Missouri, baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Palmyra, Missouri. He enrolled at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska in 1991, and later withdrew to take a full time career in financial services. He re-enrolled at Concordia-Seward in 1994 and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. After a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, he served as vicar at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained at his home church in Palmyra on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany on September 9. He served Bethany for 14 years before accepting a call to be Senior Pastor at Pacific Hills in 2015.
He and his wife, Cheryl, were married in Overland Park, and live in LaVista, Nebraska. Pastor’s hobbies include traveling, bowling, baseball and bicycle riding. He and Cheryl do not have pets; Pastor is horribly allergic to cats. He also absolutely hates liver and onions.
Director/Teacher, Lamb of God Preschool
Office Phone: 402.391.2288
Kay is a 1999 graduate of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She and her husband Matt moved to St. Louis in 1999, where they lived for 11 years. While there Kay taught preschool, first, and second grades in Lutheran schools. She also worked for the Stephen Ministries organization for a number of years. She completed her master's degree in early childhood education by distance from Concordia University in Chicago in 2003 (only setting foot on campus to get her diploma at graduation!).
In the fall of 2015 Kay received the Outstanding Early Childhood Educator award at the Nebraska District LCMS Educators' Conference.
Kay grew up on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska, and her whole family lives in the state. So after years of being away from family, Kay and Matt decided to move "back home" in 2010. They have one son, Nathan. When she's not busy with preschool, Kay enjoys cooking, reading, spending time outdoors, and of course spending time with Matt and Nathan.
Director of Music
Zach is a native of Ankeny, Iowa, and served Lutheran congregations as organist, bell choir director and director of worship for seven years in Iowa and Minnesota. He joins Pacific Hills as Director of Music beginning July 1, 2020.
Zach studied organ performance at Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 2016. He has been an organist, bell choir director, and director of worship primarily in the central Iowa area. He continually seeks opportunities to grow as a musician through various conferences and seminars. Zach currently serves on the Central Iowa American Guild of Organists (AGO) Executive Committee, and on the American Guild of Organists Young Organists (AGOYO) National Board.
He is a retirement benefit analyst for Principal Financial Group. He lives in Ankeny, Iowa with his Goldendoodle, Merlin.
Mark Stastny, Custodian
Jessica Stuttle, Nursery Care Provider
Boards and Committees
Board of Directors, Sandy Frazier, President
Board of Directors, Carla Heathershaw Risko, Vice President
Board of Stewardship & Finance, Chair
Board of Elders, Bob Glissman, Lead Elder
Worship & Music Committee, Paul Shultz, Chair
Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Board, Pam Hafsaas, Chair
Library Committee, Kathy Stokes, Chair
Missions & Social Ministry Board, Marilyn Wegehaupt, Chair
Care Ministry Committee, Marilyn Wegahaupt, Chair
Outreach Board, Chair
Preschool Board, Ann Wilshusen, Chair
Trustees Board, Jim Mueller, Chair
PHLC Foundation, Kevin Warneke, President