Elizabeth Duke


Elizabeth Duke was born and raised in Kansas City and grew up in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish. She spent 15 years in Chicago where she met Tom Kane at Loyola University where they both earned degrees in Computer Science. Elizabeth and Tom have been married for almost 27 years and have a 24 year old son, Sean. Elizabeth works as a technical presales manager for a software company called Informatica. If you want to know about data integration or data quality give her a call. When she is not working or traveling for work, Elizabeth loves to garden, read and attend concerts and the opera.

Tammy Linningham

Vice President

Raised in the Baptist church in Tennessee, Tammy’s family then joined the Pentecostal denomination in KCMO when she was 14, where she played bass and founded a youth choir. In 1991 Tammy co-founded a non-denominational church. She has written and produced gospel songs, served as church administrator, and taught Sunday school both to youth and adults. In 2015, Tammy transitioned to the UCC and joined Peace Church. She is currently a member in discernment with the UCC and attends seminary at Central Seminary.
ammy and her partner Royce are dedicated to serving God’s people; most recently, they put together small food sacks as an outreach ministry to those who stand on the corners of KC asking for help. Tammy seeks to mentor those on their journey in developing their relationship with God and spreading the Good News to all. 

John Fricke


John Fricke was born in Alaska to a military family. Eventually he landed in Columbia, Missouri for college where he began a family with Nina that includes two daughters and one son. He led an acoustical consulting design firm in the Kansas City area for forty years and is now retired. John created Walnut Creek Estates, an 80 lot residential community in Miami County and currently helps to operate High Point Farm raising young sport horses. John has been a Church leader including President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Michelle Brightwell


Michelle Brightwell was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.  She graduated from Westminster College with Biology and English degrees.  While at Westminster, she met Jonathan.  They were married shortly after graduating.  Michelle started her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Columbia, MO as a six-week temporary clerical worker.  She has since spent over 20 years in the fields of Occupational Safety and Health and Environmental Program Management, currently working in the VA’s regional office.  She and Jonathan have two children, Elizabeth (16) and Caleb (12).   Her family started attending Peace two years ago, while looking for an open and affirming church in the heart of the city.  She loves to read, listen to podcasts, and explore new coffee houses.

Greg Walkup

Greg Walkup is a lifelong dreamer, thinker, learner and tinkerer. A self described habitual job jumper he was surely in the right job when he met Kay while teaching at De La Salle Education Center in KCMO. He took his love for the poor and struggling everywhere, even to his sales jobs, where he admits he didn’t produce great results on paper but he sure had happy customers. Greg loves his two daughters and woodworking and is really looking forward to working on the Peace Garden Project.

Rhea Hayes

Bio coming soon!

Bob Waechter

Bob is a founding member of Peace Church. Recently retired from a position in the Federal Government, Bob continues to perfect doing nothing. A long time advocate of veterans and their readjustment issues, Bob continues to reach out to homeless and disadvataged veterans via the twice annual Stand Down which brings the community together, in one drug free, violence free, location to assist veterans in ridding the barriers that prohibit them from living a more productive, fulfilling life–a life off the streets. He has been recognized for his advocacy with veterans and was instrumental in the building of the Kansas City Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1986.