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rev. tom are Jr.

Tom is a graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. and Yale Divinity School. Previously, Tom has served Westminster Church in Charleston, S.C. Seven Oaks Church in Columbia, South Carolina and Riverside Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Tom and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1987, and they have two young adult children, Sarah and Nathan. Carol is a registered nurse and Tom is a 6th generation Presbyterian pastor.

Prior to coming to Village in 2004, Tom Are, Jr. spent most of his life in the Southeast.  He loves Royals’ baseball, stories that make you laugh, a book that makes you think and enough snowfall to close things down for a day or so.  



rev. Hallie hottle

Hallie came to Village Church to work with young adults in January of 2016. She is passionate about finding new ways to be "church" in this ever changing world, so when the opportunity arose to help a new congregation start growing in Southern Johnson County, she was super excited. A Midwest native, Hallie spent her seminary years at Princeton, grew in her love of Christ's church at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in NYC, and was called to Miami, Florida for the first 5 years of her ministry. She’s glad to be part of Village, a church that is big and brave enough to explore new ways of being the church together, and a people who live into her desire to “love ferociously."

Hallie is married to Nick Dorn, and they enjoy their three dogs, and changing the world over good beer. 

Director of Music Ministry

Director of Music Ministry


Ryan Main 

After serving as the Interim Music Director at Village on Mission, we knew we could not let Ryan leave the Village Family. We are thrilled he has joined us at VOA, to help us vision for and create a music ministry for all ages. 

Ryan is an accomplished composer, teacher, and director. He holds a Master’s of Music in Music Composition and a Master’s of Music in Music Education from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Prior to working at Village, he was the director of choirs at Van Horn High School and Nowlin Middle School in Independence, MO. There his choirs regularly earned superior ratings and were honored with a performance at the American Choral Directors’ Association Southwest regional conference. Under his leadership, these choir programs grew by hundreds of students.

We're looking forward to making a joyful noise under Ryan's leadership here at VOA.