Middle School Leaders


Kara Willems

Director of Youth Ministry
kara@westwoodchurch.net

3 Things We Should Know About You:

1. I love missions, traveling, and MAPS!!! We spent the first 4 years of our marriage as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators (primarily in Papua New Guinea) and enjoyed every minute of it.  One of my favorite things is learning about different ways of life and cultures.
2. I have a great husband and am a mom to two beautiful children who manage to keep life interesting and make us laugh every day.
3. In my free time I’m always up for shopping, putzing around with various craft projects, and trying my hand at cooking new recipes.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

All of it! Worship. Games. Small Groups. Trips and Outings. It is such a blessing to get to know all of the unique students God brings through our doors and challenge them to grow in their relationship with GOD.  Middle Schoolers are at such a fun age where you can find the whole spectrum of maturity – they’re not too old to have fun, but they can think about the deeper things of life and ask hard questions, too.  Things are never dull at a middle school event… and we like it that way! 🙂

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Dark Chocolate Peanut M&M’s, Avon’s ‘Dew Kiss’ chapstick (I’m a total addict!) and Bic Clic Stic black pens — they’re the BEST!

CELL PHONE:

(402) 659-2893


Aaron Willems

Co-Director of Middle School Ministry
kawillems@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I am losing my hair and I work with students…Is there a connection?  I think so.
2. My wife, Kara, is the most amazing woman I know.
3. I love having fun in almost any manner imaginable.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

The fun, the fellowship, the fundamental truth of Jesus being shared.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

A snickers & a coke

CELL PHONE:

(402) 679-3620


Jim Wagner

6th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
hskrfn@cox.net

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I served in the U.S. Navy.
2. I’ve been to Hawaii and Alaska.
3. I’m a huge Husker fan!

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

The interaction with the kids.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Husker Tickets

CELL PHONE:

(402) 215-3967


Matthew Rozeboom

6th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
matthew.rozeboom@gmail.com

3 Things We Should Know About You:

1. My favorite hobby is golf.
2. I love fast cars/motorcycles.
3. I could eat hot wings for dinner 7 days a week.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Off-site activities such as the CampOUT where we can build relationships.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Fountain pop

CELL PHONE:

(402) 659-0257


James Moore

6th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
James.Moore1126@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1.  I love chicken.
2.  I love beef.
3.  I love God.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Being a part of the bigger picture.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I WOULD BE BRIBED WITH:

babies!!!

CELL PHONE:

507-514-3617


Annie Essink

6th Grade Girls Small Group Leader
amaekolar@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I have two little boys, Owen and Luke.
2. I’m a Middle School math teacher.
3. I love to read or try new things.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Getting to know all the kids and watching them grow.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Scooters Coffee or Target

CELL PHONE:

(402) 250-1224


Amy Shafer

6th Grade Girls Small Group Leader
amyshafer@hotmail.com

3 Things We Should Know About You:

1. I love heights.
2. I like to run and exercise.
3. I’m shy.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

I love talking with the girls and seeing the change in them.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Pickles, coffee, slim jims

CELL PHONE:

(402) 630-3296


Andrew Wismer

7th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
andrew.wismer@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I have 3 kids (2 boys, 1 girl)
2. Kara and Macy are my sisters and James and Aaron are my brothers.
3. I like old people.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Games. Camping. Singing. Learning. Praising.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Husker tickets.

CELL PHONE:

(402) 670-9568


Eddie Murphy Jr.

7th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
eddiemurphyjr84@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I have two beautiful daughters.
2. I love to go to hockey games.
3. I enjoy golfing.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Getting to know the kids, and seeing them grow in their faith.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Puppy Chow and Skittles, or Hockey Tickets

CELL PHONE:

(402) 981-9319


Kylie Wagner

7th Grade Girls Small Group Leader
kyliewagner.709@yahoo.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1.  I love crafting!  I love painting canvas and making my own stationary.
2.  I am a Pre-K teacher and currently going back to school to teach kindergarten.
3.  I spent 2 years, after graduating college, living in Colorado and teaching for a non-profit preschool

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Having fun with the students and watching them worship the Lord.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I WOULD BE BRIBED WITH:

coffee – STARBUCKS.

CELL PHONE:

402-301-9033


Lindsey Murphy

7th Grade Girls Small Group Leader
Lnmurphy21@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I have 2 beautiful girls, Joelle & Rilynn, who are growing right before my eyes!!
2. Ice cream is my FAVORITE… any time of the year!
3. I love scrapbooking and doing crafts.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Watching God work in the life of middle school kids and seeing their faith grow during their time with us!!

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Peanut Butter M&Ms, Butterfingers and Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream!

CELL PHONE:

(402) 677-0001


Derek Varilek

8th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
dvarilek50@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I like to go fishing.
2. I coach soccer.
3. I’m really a kid on the inside.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Getting to know the kids and watching them grow in their faith.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

A new car!

CELL PHONE:

(402) 960-9934


Jake Varilek

8th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
jvarilek14@yahoo.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I have a love for all things nerdy (comics, superheroes, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings).  It’s all good.
2. Metal music is my passion.  Also, classic blues like B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
3. I love history.  It was one of the few classes I thoroughly enjoyed in school.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Getting to interact with the kids and hopefully having a positive impact on them.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Buying me tattoos

CELL PHONE:

(402) 618-1095


Chris P

8th Grade Boys Small Group Leader


3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

  1. A long time ago, in a country far, far away, I was born to someday become a middle school leader.
  2. Music and playing basketball is my passion.
  3. I used to hate Apple products but now I love them.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Playing in the band and going camping with these little dudes.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

KitKat, Peanuts M&M or TROPICAL SKITTLES!!

CELL PHONE:

911


Nathan Essink

8th Grade Boys Small Group Leader
nessink89@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1. I love my job of mowing.
2. I love fishing.
3. The Huskers are the best!  GO BIG RED!

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Big group games

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I’D BE BRIBED WITH:

Food – gift cards

CELL PHONE:

(402) 350-1050


Lori Bruner

8th Grade Girls Small Group Leader
Bruner177@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1.  My passion is photography.
2.  I LOVE Mexican food.  I can eat it everyday, all day!
3.  My new favorite place to vacation is in Canada.

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Growing relations with my small group girls.  Being able to listen to the good and the not so good stuff going on in their lives and walking alongside of them as they grow their relationship with Jesus.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I WOULD BE BRIBED WITH:

Hot Tamales & ice cream

CELL PHONE:

402-708-9290


Emily Rozeboom

8th Grade Girls Small Group Leader
emilyjrozeboom@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1.  I spend most of my week working as a night nurse at Children’s Hospital.
2.  I’m an old soul, and I love knitting, baking, cooking & crafting.
3.  My favorite place in the world is the BEACH!

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Ending small group time with prayer requests & being able to hear a little about the daily joys/struggles of our girls and praying over them together.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I WOULD BE BRIBED WITH:

Starbucks coffee

CELL PHONE:

402-708-9846


Macy Moore

8th Grade Girls Small Group Leader
macymoore292@gmail.com

3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU:

1.  I love spending time at home with my family.
2. I really enjoy creating and making things.
3. I work at Boys Town 🙂

MY FAVORITE PART OF MSM IS:

Getting to know youth in my small group and all the awesome activities/games.

IF I COULD BE BRIBED, I WOULD BE BRIBED WITH:

Chocolate

CELL PHONE:

507-227-5862