Meet the Pastors


Meet the Pastors

Pastor Bruce Emmert

Pastor Bruce Emmert and his wife Melissa have been married for 36 years. They have four beautiful daughters and two granddaughters. Bruce began pastoral ministry during his last year of college in 1981 at two small churches in rural Kansas. Following seminary, Bruce was appointed for one year to the British Methodist Conference. From there Bruce returned to Kansas and served small-town and city congregations. He was appointed as the Kansas City District Superintendent in 2015 and in the summer of 2018 relocated to Omaha, NE to serve as Senior Pastor at St. Andrew’s UMC. Bruce enjoys fishing, especially fly-fishing, working in the yard, wood-working, and reading Agatha Christie mysteries.
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Pastor Mandy Barkhaus

Pastor Mandy Barkhaus came aboard St. Andrew’s in 2007, as our first Radical Hospitality Coordinator.  She continued to grow in her faith and leadership here at St. Andrew’s taking on the leadership role of Youth Director in 2011.  Mandy led our youth to deepen their faith in Jesus in turn she heard the call of the Lord and replied, “Here am I, Send me” (Isaiah 6:8), in 2014.   She jumped into her seminary schooling as completely as she is in her faith.  Mandy’s transition to Associate Pastor has been seamless.  When she isn’t studying you may find her on her paddle board or looking for her next adventure.  Mandy shares her adventurous spirit with her husband Tom.   Mandy and Tom have two sons, who keep them busy with a variety of activities.
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