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Senior Pastor - Rev. Butch Lambert
Rev. Lambert was born October 1, 1946 in Prairie, KS.  He was raised on a Farm-Ranch near Leoti, KS. 
His family farmed over 3,000 acres of dry-land and maintained a herd of 150 Hereford cows and Angus Bulls.  After attending Sterling College, Butch married his wife Linda in 1966.

In 1968, he joined the U.S Army serving 3 years active duty.  His rank was Specialist 5th class working as a Avionic Tech on Huey Helocopters.    He served with the 101st airborne Div. (airmobile) in Southeast Asia, Viet Nam.  He was with Charlie Co. 157th Aviation, Northern I-Cor. Camp Evans.

After leaving the Army, Butch attended Fort Hays State getting a degree in Animal Husbandry.  Butch worked for High Plains Enterprise working in the cattle department checking the health of steers and heifers on horseback.  At the end of two years, Butch entered the the ministry.

Butch attended Melodyland School of Theology (Anaheim, CA) 1978-1981 receiving a Masters of Divinity (non-denominational ) in 1981.  He attended St. Paul School of Theology, 1990-92, receiving his Master of Divinity.  

Butch served as Youth pastor at Satanta UMC 1985-1987.  He served as Local Licensed Pastor at Haviland
UMC 1987-1990 and then as student pastor at Wakefield-Countryside UMC, 1990-1994.

Butch was Ordained Deacon in 1992, Ordained Elder in 1994.  He served Greensburg UMC 1994-2003 as Senior Pastor.  He served as Senior Pastor at Aldersgate UMC (Wichita) from 2003-2014.  He entered Retired relationship with the Great Plains Annual Conference; June, 2014.  Butch is entering 3/4 time retirement with his appointment to Indian Heights UMC, 2014.

Butch and Linda (Lorenson) Lambert have two chidren.  Lanissa Kay (Lambert) Hammon is married to Chris Hammond, Marion. KS.  They have 3 children; Lakisha Kay (21), Zachary (20), Colton(18).  Their son, Ben,  is married to Kelly (Miller) Lambert.  They live in Salem, OR and have 3 children; Emmaline (4), Clara (2), and Josiah (1).  

Pastor Butch has two sisters and one brother.  Linda has a brother and a sister.

 
     
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  Choir Director - Kristi Lyn Klein
I wanted to be a musician from age 5. At age 11 I sang my first church solo "Let There Be Peace On Earth". I went to KU to study music education but switched to Vocal Performance my sophomore year. I took graduate level conducting lessons to reach my goal of being a church choir director. My first church job was as the children's choir director at Good Shepherd. I quickly became the director of music at Good Shepherd. I became a Methodist shortly after my daughter Lauren was born and started working at St. Paul's UMC. 22 months after I had Lauren I had Scott and went to work at Church of the Servant which soon closed : I worked for Ward Parkway Presbyterian but missed United Methodist Church. I am now happy to be the Director of Music at Indian Heights! I love music but a close second is coaching. With my husband I coach 5th grade girls basketball, 3rd grade boys basketball, and 5th grade girls softball. In addition I am Lauren's Girl Scout Leader!
 
     
 

Piano/Organist – Aine Wendler
Aine Wendler received the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Central Missouri State University and the Master of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of California, Berkeley, in a cooperative arrangement for performance training with William Corbett Jones, at San Francisco State University.   I am an independent piano teacher working from my home studio in South Kansas City, with  students ranging from beginners to advanced, including university program preparation coaching, as well as competition and audition coaching.  The Aine Wendler Piano Studio offers a specialized program for pre-school children beginning at age 3.  Because it is the single most important stage of a child’s musical education, I am very enthusiastic and committed to the beginning-level student. 

I am a busy pianist working as an accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as performing for nursing homes and assisted living centers, weddings, and funerals.

I joyously share my life with my husband, David, a guitarist and luthier (guitar builder and stringed instrument repair professional) who holds a U.S. patent in sound amplification pick-up systems and has designed and builds, to custom order, his own line of guitars, basses, mandolins, mandocellos, and violins; my darling 16 year-old stepdaughter, Jessie, the 72-pound “baby” puppy, Evangeline, and Bagatelle (Baggy), my sweet, funny, and imperious cat.  I am loving, and feeling great joy, in my work at Indian Heights UMC.

 
     

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