The mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Youth Program is to gather, equip, and send young disciples of Jesus Christ to witness to God’s reconciling love.
We strive to accomplish this mission by providing quality youth programs and events that are biblically based for the entire diocese, and offering support and training for parish youth ministry programs in their various stages of development. Events and programs in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas are designed for youth to experience opportunities in Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Christian Leadership, Mission, Fellowship, Scripture and the Episcopal Church. Read more about our events here.
If you have questions regarding the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Youth or Campus Ministry Program, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We exist to serve the parishes of the diocese and we are eager to do so. The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas employs a full time Youth Missioner & Interim Campus Missioner to coordinate diocesan youth and college-age events and to support the development of youth and young adult programs at the parish level. The Youth Missioner is happy to visit your parish to talk about diocesan youth and college-age programs, help connect people to resources and curriculum, provide training for new youth ministers or volunteers or meet with youth and leaders about local programs.
Karen Schlabach started as the Youth Missioner in January 2013 and Interim Campus Missioner in February 2018. She has been involved as an adult with the diocesan youth program since 2005 and campus ministry program since 2007. “The diocesan youth program was very formative to my faith as a youth and I’m honored to serve that program as an adult.” Karen was an active youth in Kansas from 1989-1995.
Michael Funston started as the Associate for Youth and Campus Ministry in 2018. Michael served as a summer youth ministry intern in 2007 and 2009. She was the interim youth missioner in 2012. She has served on the Bishop’s Advisory Committees for the Canterbury House of Lawrence and the Canterbury House at K-State. Michael was also active in the youth program from 1996-2005.
Previous Youth Missioners
Karen Schlabach, January 2013-present
Michael Funston (interim), January 2012-January 2013
Chad Senuta, April 2002-December 2011
The Rev. Kelly Demo, January 2000-January 2002
The Rev. Gar Demo, June 1997-May 1999
The Rev. Sidney Breese, 1991-1996
The Rev. JoAnn Wright, 1987-1990
LaDonna Wind, 1979-1987
Previous Associates for Youth & Campus Ministry
Michael Funston, April 2018-present