Dean Tomlinson: Pastor
This is Dean’s second time on staff at Westbrooke church. Dean is an ordinary guy who loves Jesus and loves people. His heart is to help people cultivate personal intimacy with Jesus and then to live on mission loving others intentionally. Dean has been married to his best friend, Jen, since 1996, and they have been blessed with two young adult children. He loves to fish, read, exercise, and spend time with friends and family. One of his favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 5:17–“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come.”
John Gillespie: Associate Pastor
John and his wife Tessa have pastored in the UK and USA for almost forty years. They have also had the privilege of traveling to many Majority World (“Third World”) nations, training and loving pastors with Global Training Network. John and Tessa have seven children and an ever-growing gang of grandchildren.
Joel Stark: Associate Pastor
Joel began his ministry with Westbrooke in August 2023. He has served in ministry for over thirty years as a youth pastor, missions pastor, and lead pastor. His passion is to see God glorified by expanding God’s kingdom upon the earth through the process of making disciples who make disciples. He and his wife Ellen have been married since 1989 and they have two grown children (Caleb and Jacob). He is crazy about Husker football (born in Lincoln) and loves to fish, hang out with family, play games, and binge-watch a good Netflix series. Joel is also a big fan of old school country music. His favorite verse is Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
Clint Hall: Pastor Emeritus
Clint Hall has been a pastor at Westbrooke Church since 1986 and he has stories to tell. Clint has been at Westbrooke so long that he is now officiating at marriages for young people he dedicated as babies. Clint and his wife Linda have 9 grown children and 12 grandchildren together, and have only been married since July 2018. Be sure to contact Clint about that one.
Josh Tomlinson: Pastoral Intern
I love Jesus. I’m just a simple guy with a heart for ministry and for connecting with people. Having done various things in the past I look forward to continuing my transition through Westbrooke at this internship to encourage and help more people along their walk with Jesus.
Mark Whiting: Administrator
Mark and his wife, Kay, are long time members of Westbrooke, first attending in 1986. He’s been an active member including teaching Sunday School for over 20 years and currently serving as an elder. He retired from a long business career when the Lord told him “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on.” (Dt 1:6-7a) Mark and Kay married in 1980 and raised four great kids. He loves to stay active and is an avid tennis player.
A favorite verse of Mark’s is “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
Linda Conklin: Office Coordinator
Lara Derrow: Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Lara grew up in south Alabama and graduated from seminary in 2022. After graduation, Lara moved to Kansas and began attending Westbrooke. Following a single “get to know you” conversation with the pastors, Lara was offered a job as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, and running.
Becky Rouse: Communications Coordinator
Becky has been a part of Westbrooke since Oct. 2019. She is a widow with four sons and one granddaughter. She comes from a big family of ten children and grew up on a farm in Missouri. She moved to Kansas in 2012. She worked 34 years in accounting for the US government. She loves baking, bicycling, sewing, traveling, and going on long walks while listening to Christian blogs. Becky enjoys serving God in a variety of ways and is blessed to be a part of the Westbrooke family.
A favorite bible verse is John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Richard Taylor: Custodian
Richard has faithfully served Westbrooke for 30+ years now. He was born in Independence, MO and now calls Lenexa home.
A favorite bible verse is John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”