Journey Mennonite Church

Central Support Staff

Lead Pastor | Howard Wagler
Howard was raised in southern Indiana on a crop and dairy farm. After 20 successful years in the family business, he felt the call of God on his life to ministry. In August of 1990, the Wagler family moved to Kansas and Howard enrolled in the Hesston College Pastoral Ministries Program. In 1992, he was called to be the Lead Pastor of South Hutchinson Mennonite, now known as Journey Mennonite Church. He has a passion for seeing the local church be a missional presence where it is planted and is deeply grateful for how God has led JMC over the past 25 years, from a single worship gathering in South Hutchinson to having a local presence in Yoder and McPherson. Most recently, Howard and his wife Cathy are coaching other congregations around the country to become a missionary presence in their context. Howard enjoys music, biking, motorcycling, running, and he loves tinkering with antique tractors. Howard & Cathy have three grown children and six grandchildren that they love to spend time with whenever possible.
 
Administrative Pastor | Judy Miller
Judy has lived in the Hutchinson area for over 20 years. She is married to Stanton, has a son Travis who is married to Ally, and 2 wonderful grandchildren Cora and Isaac! Judy has a degree in Nursing and in Health Care Administration. She worked for 30 years in Long Term Care Nursing Administration and she currently serves as a PEAK 2.0 Project Consultant with Kansas State University. All of this in addition to keeping things running smooth behind the scenes at Journey! She is excited that God has called her to use the leadership gifts at a church that is visionary, willing and obedient. Judy loves to live life to the fullest and sees life as an adventure. She especially loves to travel to beach destinations!
 
 
JourneyYOUTH Pastor | Jesse Blasdel
Jesse joined the Journey pastoral staff in October 2009. Jesse has recently transitioned half of his time to Discipleship Pastor at the SH Campus while still providing leadership to JourneyYOUTH. Jesse graduated from Tabor College with a degree in Christian Ministry. He and his wife, Shiloh, moved to South Hutchinson from Lander, WY. They have four children: Carsen, Kennedy, Havily and Langley. Jesse is passionate about seeing people discover Jesus and the life that is found in Him.
 
 
 
 
JourneyKIDS Pastor | Sheri Zerger
Sheri and her Husband Darrin live in Hutchinson. She is from rural KS. Sheri and Darrin are licensed as foster parents in Reno County and are caring for a little girl! Sheri has an Education Degree from Tabor College and a Masters from the University of Kansas. Prior to her position as JourneyKIDS Pastor, she was a special education teacher. She enjoys cooking and baking, as well as traveling. Sheri has a passion for teaching kids about Jesus and helping families grow in their faith together.
 
 
 
 
Administrator | Mark Nisly
Mark and his wife Margi, along with their son Finley live in Hutchinson and he has worked at Journey since the summer of 2017. He has long had a passion and calling to be a part of ministry in some way and loves that he can use gifts of leadership, organization and art and technology to help provide support for the 3 Journey campuses. He also loves music and to lead worship! Mark loves sports and is very involved as a basketball coach with the Reno County Sabres. He loves playing basketball and golf, and rooting for his Chiefs, Jayhwaks and Royals.
 
 
 
 
Assistant Treasurer and Bookkeeper | Donna Shafer
Donna lives in rural Hutchinson with her husband Jerry. She has 3 grown sons, Jerrod and his wife Emily, Austin and Jordan. Donna grew up in Yoder, KS and has lived in this area her whole life! She graduated from HCC and worked at First National Bank in Hutchinson for 30 years before joining the staff at Journey! Donna likes to read, travel and spend time with her aforementioned family. Her expertise from the finance world is a huge asset to our team! Since high school, she has always enjoyed working with numbers and loves to use that gift to help behind the scenes at Journey!k