Elders

Elders of the RiverWalk Church of Christ

The RiverWalk Church of Christ is guided by a group elders, each of whom was selected by the members of the congregation to be their spiritual leaders and shepherds.

Terry Burr Larry Huffman Bob Kay Jay Plank Scott Ramsey David Wertz
Terry elder Terry Burr has served as an elder for this congregation since 1993. Terry and his wife Liz were married in August, 1969 and have raised 2 children, Ryan and Amy. Their extended family has grown to include 6 grandchildren.Terry was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, just north of the Kansas farm where he was raised. He attended York College and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Over the years his professional career has included farming, farm equipment sales, insurance sales and insurance claims.Terry has been a high school basketball and football official for over 25 years. He enjoys golfing as much as possible, and enjoyed golfing in Ireland in 2004. He and Liz have traveled extensively in the USA, as well as their trip to Ireland and a trip with the York College chorus to Europe while in school. He has been a L.I.F.E. group leader for several years, as well as serving on the Mission Endowment committee. For several years he was a teen sponsor at their annual Rockcleft retreat.

huffman-elder Larry Huffman ~ Larry and Donna have been married for over 50 years. Larry calls her his inspiration. They are both retired school teachers. They have 3 adult children (Denise, Dennis and Debbie) and 6 grandchildren. Larry and Donna have been members of CentralRiverWalk since 1984 and Larry served as part of the eldership from 1985-2008, when it became necessary to make a move and care for Donna’s aging parents. Larry says, “I consider myself to be blessed to have served and been mentored by some very godly men during those years as an elder, and serving in any capacity now is an honor to them and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

kay-elder Robert (Bob) Kay married Cindy in July 1990. They have one son, Michael, a student at Texas A&M. Bob is a Senior Manager at Spirit AeroSystems, where he has worked for 32 years. Bob has been a Central/RiverWalk member for 31 years and has served for 20 years as a deacon/servant leader (worship participant coordinator, technology, capital campaign leader). Bob also served on the Board of The Independent School from 2012-2015. Originally from Kokomo, Indiana, Bob moved to Wichita after graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. His interests include classic cars, golf, and the Purdue Boilermakers.

jay Jay Plank has been married to Patricia for over 40 years. They have 2 sons, Michael and Scott, as well as 5 grandchildren. In addition to serving as an elder, Jay is also one of our staff ministers, responsible for administration, seniors and the adult curriculum. He and Pat have been members of RiverWalk since 2006, having come to Wichita to be houseparents at Carpenter Place. Jay has enjoyed several career paths, including radio/television broadcast, technical engineering and on-air work, ministry in youth and education, and health care administration. Jay has served as a minister of the Gospel since 1981, as well as a deacon at the Eastside Church of Christ in Harper KS in the 1980’s. He attended Oklahoma Christian and completed his degree at Newman University.

Jay enjoys his grandchildren, Botanica, trains, astronomy, how things work, Pawnee Prairie Park, as well as rural and Western Kansas. He calls Pat his “foundation and strength”, the support that enables and encourages him.

Elder Picture Scott Ramsey has served our congregation as an elder since 2007. He and his wife Cindy were married in May, 1985 and their family includes 3 children: Cassie, Michael and Brandon. Their family interests include camping, horseback riding, cattle ranching, travel, cruises and country music. Many of their travels include Scott’s in-laws, Bob and Janet Shanks, also members of RiverWalk Church. Scott was born and raised in the Wichita area and currently lives with his family on their ranch near Mulvane. Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian College in 1985. His professional work is currently as Tour Planner at Village Tours in Wichita, and has previously worked with KFDI, Verizon Wireless and Pawnee Industries. In addition to teaching a wide variety of Bible classes for our congregation, Scott can be seen at most worship assemblies interpreting for our deaf members. He is involved in many of our teen activities, including as a camp sponsor for the teens’ annual retreat at Rockcleft in Colorado. Scott has served on the Board of Directors of the Heart of America Leadership Training for Christ (HOA LTC), whose annual convention is the culmination of year-long learning activities for our young people.

david-elder David Wertz and Anita were married at RiverWalk (then Central).