Liz Rolf Kanerva, M.Div.
Pastor & Head of Staff
Liz joined the staff in 2006, originally serving as co-pastor along with her husband Jay. Jay is now the Director Spiritual Care at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital and Liz continues her service with GPC as a solo pastor. (Jay still lends his voice to the choir and helps out Liz in a multitude of ways.)
Liz received her B.A. from Truman State University in Kirksville and her M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago (’95).
Liz is passionate about worship and leading a intergenerational congregation. She is especially delighted when folks (young and old) share their talents and passions in ways that they did not even know was possible. Young people have her heart, old people have her respect and wonder, and the church is her greatest joy.
Jay and Liz love their three girls foolishly and have a couple of lazy dogs who rule the house.
Choir Director & Organist
Jean started singing in church choir at the age of 4 at First Baptist Church in Moberly, where her mother was organist and choir director. She received her Bachelor of Music at Central College in Fayette, MO; her Bachelor of Arts from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR; and her Master of Music from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Jean taught music at Linfield College and taught elementary music, elementary band, and junior high orchestra in Affton, MO. She has also worked as organist and music director at Second Baptist Church, Webster Hills Methodist Church, South Webster Presbyterian Church, and has been at GPC since 1995.
Jean truly enjoys working in church music and feels blessed by the support at GPC.
Linda’s professional background includes print production and project management. She has worked at advertising agencies, printing and direct mail companies as well as in a variety of non-profit roles. Linda has a BS in Graphic Arts Management from University of Central Missouri. They like to travel, camp, ride bikes and relax outdoors.
Mary keeps the facilities clean and ready to go for the church's ministry. More importantly, Mary's kindness and care for congregational members and neighbors alike, are essential to the vitality of the church.