Staff & Council
The Rev. Jon Brudvig
Pastor Jon began serving with and among the mission partners at Salem Lutheran Church on May 1, 2021. He and his wife, The Rev. Barb Jones, previously served together as co-pastors in Great Bend, Kansas. Prior to answering the call to ministry, Pastor Jon spent nearly 20 years in higher education, including time as a history professor, honors program director, and administrator. He holds degrees from Marquette University (BA/MA), the College of William & Mary (PHD), and Wartburg Theological Seminary (MDiv). Pastor Jon values cultural diversity, community engagement, and lifelong learning. In his spare time, Pastor Jon enjoys spending time with family, reading books, exploring local attractions, and working on his blog, Walking to Golgotha.
Director of Worship and Music
Heather Lewis has been the Director of Music and Worship at Salem since 2010, and was the song leader and pianist at a Saturday evening worship service 2004-2009. Heather has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State in choral music education and a master’s degree from University of Maryland in piano performance, and teaches piano lessons in her home. She lives in Olathe with her husband Brad and three children, Casey, Brandon, and Faith. Heather directs the adult choir and children's choir, youth special music and drama, and coordinates and leads music in all services. She also directs children's musicals and Christmas programs every year. Salem’s music is enthusiastically offered in worship by all ages, and welcomes all levels of experience.
Shari Van Baale
Shari started as Communications Coordinator at Salem in early 2017. Her job duties include the weekly bulletin and e-newsletter, creating slides for worship, maintaining the Salem website, and the annual directory, as well as other publications throughout the year. She has also worked at a Methodist church since 2010 doing a similar position. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Iowa. Originally from the Chicago area, she has lived in the Kansas City area since 2007. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, walking, and enjoying nature with her family. She lives in Olathe with her husband and two children, and her two beagles, Cream Puff and Cookie.
Laura started at Salem in early 2022, after working at the Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood for 20 years. She loves working with people and enjoys working in a church environment. Laura was born and raised in Florida, and has lived in this area for 38 years. She wouldn’t leave the change of seasons and the friendly people for anything! She and her husband have two daughters and one grandchild. She hopes to share her gift of administration in her new position.
Toni grew up in Salina, Kansas, and raised her five children there. She had a licensed home daycare for almost 18 years, then returned to college and graduated with a degree in psychological counseling and rehabilitative services and a degree in sociology from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. After working in Wichita as a counselor, she struggled with a desire to start working with children again and took the plunge back into that world, working at a child care center in the 2- to 3-year-old classroom. The desire to be close to her family brought her to Olathe, and minutes from her three daughters and four grandchildren. She has been teaching at a child care center in Lenexa for a year, where she is the lead young 2’s teacher. Thank goodness she is blessed with good health and a strong body, because 2-year-olds never stop!
Wen-Tzu (Ruby) Hsu is working on her doctorate degree in piano performance at University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was born in Taiwan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Tainan University of Technology and earned her master’s degree in piano performance from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Ruby began playing piano at age 4, cello at age 11, and began playing organ during her master’s degree at NIU. Thank you for sharing your music with us!
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