Clergy

Anglicans embrace the threefold order of ordained ministry that emerged early in the life of the Church.  At Christ Church, we live this out under the leadership of our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter, and our priests and deacon are listed below.  Learn more about the church staff HERE.
 

Patrick Wildman | Senior Pastor
pgwildman@gmail.com | x224

Without a doubt, being a part of Christ Church is one of the greatest blessings of my entire life. I became a part of the staff in 2000, was ordained a priest in 2005, and was named the Sr. Pastor in 2008.

As with everyone in our community, my role as Sr. Pastor is multifaceted – too much so to describe it all in one sentence. But to put it succinctly, my role is to lead, preach and teach so that Christ Church is able to live more fully into our Vision and Values. I also lead the other clergy, staff and the Parish Council. In addition, I serve on the Executive Leadership Team for our Diocese, Churches for the Sake of Others.

I am married to Stephanie and we have two wonderful daughters. Beyond my family and Christ Church, I have a few other interests. People who know me would immediately say that I am passionate about Alabama football (Roll Tide!), KU basketball (Rock Chalk!), and walleye fishing. This trio operates as my personal, liturgical (a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances) calendar: fall and early winter are dedicated to the Tide; winter and early spring are for the Jayhawks; and spring into early summer is for planning and executing my yearly Canadian walleye fishing trip. Then it’s time to do it all over again. Brilliant!
 

Dean Behrens | Pastor of Family Life
deanbehrens@gmail.com | x218

When I first visited Christ Church in 2003, I was blown away by the spiritual depth and hospitality of its members.  I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  I started as a ministry intern in 2005 and began running Student Life in 2007.  I was ordained a priest in 2014 and preach and serve at the table regularly.

As the Pastor of Family Life, I help coach staff, train volunteers, craft programs, and implement vision for our ministry to children, youth, and families.  We believe that God has great things planned for coming generations.  We are committed to being a part of his work and supporting these new generations in their faith. 

I have an amazing wife, Jenny, who grew up at Christ Church and we have 2 children who are both very sweet.  I love hunting, spending time with my family, catching up with old friends, and thrift store shopping.
   
 

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Amanda Goin Burgess | Pastor of Community Life
amandalgoin@gmail.com | x100

On March 1, 2015, I became a part of the staff at Christ Church. In my short time here, it has been a blessing to be a part of such a vibrant community of Christians. I am an ordained priest in the ACNA, as of 2012. My role at Christ Church is to empower and participate in our Care Ministries, as Pastor of Community Care. I am also passionate about healing, reconciliation and recovery. Part of my job will involve creating ministries which provide space for God’s redeeming work at Christ Church and our surrounding community.

I am married to Matthew Burgess, as of October 2012. We enjoy spending time outdoors, discovering new places, enjoying great restaurants, and traveling. I am a native Nashvillian, surrounded by musicians most of my life (my father being one of them). This environment lent itself to my love for the transformative power of music, as well as other art forms. I also enjoy reading anything from Walker Percy to Leslie Newbigin. Coffee is a bit of an obsession for me, as well, so please join me for a cup!
    

   

Nick Comiskey | Associate Pastor
nick.comiskey@gmail.com | x202

Originally from Southern California, I came to Kansas City in 2011 by way of Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh, PA. My primary role at Christ Church is to support our senior pastor and help lead our church with the vision God has given us. Toward that end, I oversee our ministry staff, preach and teach regularly, and help plan Sunday worship.

My wife, Meghan, works in business development for a professional engineering company. Outside of church, we spend a lot of time with friends and enjoy competitive cycling.

Three things I couldn’t live without: podcasts, a library card and Spotify.
  

Mel Clymer | Deacon
melanieclymer@gmail.com

The ordained office of Deacon is one which calls for bridging the gap between “the church” and “the world”.  Historically, Deacons were the ones that cared for the orphans and widows, the poor and weak, the sick and lonely. And this is my passion!

Born and raised in Kansas City, I have a background in social work, education and nursing. Currently, I serve as an Orthopedic nurse, both in the clinical and hospital setting. At Christ Church, I interface with the Verger Team (those that help orchestrate the worship service), Women’s Ministry, Women’s Bible Study and Pastoral Care; as well as serving up front on Sundays.

My husband and I enjoy our 2 children, their spouses, and our 3 grandchildren; as we love to stay young with them in the mountains and at the lake.
    

Trish Nelson | Executive Pastor
patricianelson1@gmail.com | x307

My job is two-fold: I am the Executive Pastor as well as functioning as Patrick’s Personal Assistant. That means that I handle to the daily operations of the business side of church life.

On any given day, I could be working on a facilities issue, finance decision, prepping information for the Parish Council or handling Patrick’s schedule for the week. As an ordained Priest, I often serve up front on Sundays and love greeting people at the doors.

In my off time, I am a yoga enthusiast, and like to read, ride my bike and scour KC for new restaurants. I have been married to my dear husband, Grant for over thirty years (we met in high school and have been together ever since). We have two grown children and our dog, Batman, who is s frequent ‘visiting staff member’ of Christ Church. 
   

Kirk Wulff | Pastor of Group Life
alphakirk@gmail.com | x208

It has been a joy to be a part of the Christ Church community since 1985. After 20 years in the construction industry, I joined the staff of Christ Church in 1999. My passion and ministry revolve around helping people recharge their relationship with God on Alpha and continue their journey of faith in a Life Group. Much of my role revolves around identifying, recruiting, training and coaching Leaders. As a priest, I also have a weekly role in our worship services.

I love Jesus and Starbucks coffee. Most mornings you can find me at the Starbucks at 95th and Mission getting work done while enjoying a bold blend.

I am married to my amazing wife, Diana Dark, a physician and educator at St. Lukes Hospital. We have two adult kids and a granddaughter, Matilda (who calls me “Captain”). My other passions are golf and fly fishing … but Diana usually catches more trout than me.