LEADERSHIP

Elders

Larry Copeland

Larry was born and raised in Kansas. He is a life-time member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is married, has four children, and ten grandchildren. For 28 years Larry has been an elder in the Topeka Reformed Presbyterian church.

Brad Johnston

A native of Indianapolis, Brad pursued journalism early in his career, working as a correspondent for the Indianapolis Star newspaper. Called by the Lord to the pastorate when he was in his early twenties, he attended the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He first served as a teaching elder in Walton, New York. In 2010 he and his family accepted a call from the Topeka Reformed Presbyterian church to serve as their pastor. He and his wife have four children. Brad is working to visit all the state parks in Kansas -- someday!

Bill McFarland

A life long Kansan, Bill has been a teacher for over 40 years. He teaches Social Studies at Washburn Middle School. He has written a book called, Keep the Flag to the Front, the story of the 8th Kansas Infantry in the Civil War. Bill is interested in all aspects of history including church history. A pastime of Bill’s is taking part in Civil War reenactments and living history.

Jonathan Parnell

Jonathan is an attorney who has a passion for biblical peacemaking. As a Christian Conciliator certified by the Institute for Christian Conciliation, Jonathan has served as a mediator or arbitrator for numerous business, family, and church conflicts. Jonathan and his wife Lisa have three children.

Kyle Reed

Kyle was born and raised in Sterling, Kansas. He and his wife Elizabeth have lived in Topeka for over 20 years. Kyle enjoys working with young people in his job as a Public School Administrator at Washburn High School. He spends time reading and listening to pretty much anything by Ravi Zacharias. Kyle and Elizabeth have four children.

Deacons

Matt Copeland

Matt is married to his college sweetheart, Jennifer. They have two children. Matt works at Advisors Excel as a Radio producer. When he has downtime, you can find him building something in his garage or mashing buttons on an xbox controller.

Kevin Culley

Kevin and his wife Debbie have two adult children and three grandchildren. Kevin has worked for USDA Rural Development for over 40 years. He grew up in a Methodist church. But wasn't converted until he was a freshman at Fort Hays State University. Before graduation he joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
"The Topeka Reformed Presbyterian church is a blessing to our family. The preaching is biblical. The fellowship is encouraging and nurturing." - Kevin

Dave Harper

David served in the US Air Force for 20 years as a Biomedical Equipment Technician. Married to Danette, they have four adult children. David works at the VA Medical Center in the Engineering Department. He spends his free time with his family.

Andrew Herbig

Betsy Johns

Betsy grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Geneva College.  She studied medicine at Hahnemann University. Her Family Medicine Residency was completed at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She completed a fellowship and Masters of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Betsy has been practicing Family Medicine in Topeka since 1999. She is a life long member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. "The church has taught me to serve Christ in all areas of my life, and I am blessed by the encouragement of the church family.

Ben Kreis

Ben moved to Kansas from Colorado, thinking it would be temporary. Years later he, his wife, and seven children are still here. And most of them were born in Topeka. Ben loves the singing of the Psalms in Reformed Presbyterian denomination and the centrality of Jesus Christ. He enjoys reading fiction and business books, and drawing.

Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth is a wife and mother of four kids. She holds bachelor's degrees in English, Religion, and Philosophy from Sterling College. She earned a Master's degree in Communication Science and Disorders from KU. Elizabeth works as a speech-language pathologist at a local elementary school and hospital. She enjoys participating in Women's Missionary Fellowship and education groups. Teaching junior high Sunday school has been a treasure. Topeka Reformed Presbyterian church feels like an extended family.