Journey Mennonite Church

Central Support Staff

Directional Pastor | Jim Ostlund
Jim and Jodi Ostlund, along with their two sons Noah and Ethan live in McPherson where Jim has served as the campus pastor since 2012. Jim grew up in Central Kansas and has spent time on both coasts. He holds a BA in music from Bethel College, and a MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, and has served as a pastor in two different Mennonite churches. Jim’s other loves are music, golf, hunting/fishing, and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.
 
 
 
 
 
Teaching Pastor | Eric Miller
Eric grew up in Northeastern Ohio and is still plagued by his unbreakable loyalty to the Cleveland Browns. He and his wife, Karmen, followed God’s call to Kansas in 2005 and Eric joined the pastoral staff at Journey in 2007. He is a graduate of Hesston College’s Pastoral Ministry Program and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Eric and Karmen have three children and have fallen in love with life in Reno County. Eric is an adventure junkie and can usually be talked into anything that involves a physical challenge. He enjoys exercise of all kinds, good coffee, reading, playing with his kids, and camping.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Directors of Revive & Forge Central KS | Howard & Cathy Wagler
Howard and Cathy continue to live near South Hutchinson following retirement and are serving together in this role at Journey! Howard followed God’s call in August, 1990, to move his family to Kansas where he enrolled in the Hesston College Pastoral Ministries Program. In 1992, he was called to be Lead Pastor of South Hutchinson Mennonite Church, now known as Journey Mennonite Church. He retired from his lead pastor role in December, 2019, but still has a passion for seeing the local church be a missional presence where it is planted. Cathy has a desire to help people understand the Bible in ways to connect Jesus’ words with our lives today. She also enjoys reading, quilting, knitting and entertaining people in their home. Howard enjoys music, biking, motorcycling and running, as well as tinkering with antique tractors. Currently, they are coaching other congregations around the country into a new way of seeing themselves as missionaries in their communities. Howard and Cathy have
three grown children and six grandchildren that they love to spend time with whenever possible.
 
Administrator | Mark Nisly
Mark and his wife Margi, along with their son Finley and daughter Albanie, 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 the Athletic Director and a basketball coach with the Reno County Sabres. He loves playing basketball and golf, and rooting for his Chiefs, Jayhawks 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