Meet Our Staff

We are truly blessed to have a passionate, talented, and dedicated staff at Antelope Park Church.

If you wish to be a part of the staff of Antelope Park Church, there are two positions available. We have a part-time Church Janitor at eight hours per week, and a full-time Pastor’s position available. If you are interested in applying for these positions, please contact our office by email at lincolnbrethren@gmail.com. Please attach your resume and in the body of the email, please tell us why you are interested in the position.

 

Pastor Stephen Griffith

Pastor Stephen Griffith

Interim Part-time Parstor

The Rev. Stephen C. Griffith, B.S., M.Div., is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, now retired after serving churches in Nebraska for 35 years, most recently for 13 years at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska. His work included engagement with Lincoln’s music, arts and theatre groups, LGBT organizations, and a variety of human service and social justice organizations. He is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a certificate in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute, Berkeley, California. Also, he is president of the Faith Coalition of Lancaster County. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and Planned Parenthood North Central States. Stephen has received numerous awards for his social justice work, interfaith dialog, and support of the arts.

Steve grew up in small-town Nebraska, with a minister for a dad and religious educator for a mom. He has one son, Jonathan, who serves in the US Navy. Jonathan leaves in September for a new two-year assignment in Bahrain. He’s married, and his wife, Tara, will be able to go with him. Steve lives in Downtown Lincoln and enjoys the convenience of walking to many theaters, restaurants, art galleries, Saint Paul Church, and the State Capitol. He attends live theater frequently and is a fan of British detective TV series.

Please welcome Rev. Stephen Griffith, B.S., M.Div., who is going to provide the Sunday morning message as a guest speaker over the next several months. His schedule is August 25; September 8, 22; October 6, 20; November 3, 10, 24; and December 8, 22.

If you are interested in applying for these positions, please contact our office by email at lincolnbrethren@gmail.com. Please attach your resume and in the body of the email, please tell us why you are interested in the position.

Shelly Knipple

Shelly Knipple

Office Manager

Shelly has worked as an office manager for Antelope Park Church for five years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design, and a Master of Arts in Management. She acquired her degrees while working full time at Alltel Communications. Shelly attended Doane University-Lincoln for several years to obtain these degrees.

Shelly is married to the love of her life, Gene, who is the consummate jack of all trades. Her hobbies are web design, graphic design, and reading. Her only child, a daughter, lives in Norton, Kansas, and works for the library there. Heather has given Shelly three beautiful grandchildren. One of those children, a granddaughter gave her a beautiful great-grandchild.

Since Shelly retired from Alltel in 2003, she has had the luxury of choosing jobs that she especially loves. The part-time position (only eight hours a week) she holds from Antelope Park Church is her favorite, and it keeps her active.

Brock Denton

Brock Denton

Choir Director

Hayley Shoemaker

Hayley Shoemaker

Song Leader

Oscar Vazquez Medrano

Oscar Vazquez Medrano

Worship Accompanist

Oscar was born in Mexico City, Mexico, although today he is living in Lincoln, Nebraska, to finish his education at UNL. Last year, Oscar accepted a GTA position at The Glenn Korff School of Music (Lincoln, Nebraska) with the purpose to study his DMA (Doctor in Musical Arts) with the renowned American pianist Dr. Mark Clinton. At age 9, he began piano lessons with Gabriel Sierra Finke at Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA, National Institute of Fine Arts) in Mexico City. At age 12, the Musical Initiation Center (CIM) that belongs to The National Autonomous University of Mexico, accepted him as a student. UNAM is considered one of the top universities in the world and the most renowned university in Latin America. At age 14, Oscar was among the finalists at the Manuel M. Ponce Piano Competition for teenage musicians in Mexico City. 

In 2007, he formally entered The National Autonomous University of Mexico where he took piano lessons until the day he completed his Bachelor’s degree with the acclaimed Mexican pianist Jesus Ma Figueroa. During this period, he not only performed throughout Mexico, but he also began his international debut with a series of concerts dedicated to Mexican and Spanish Music in The United States (Emporia, Kansas; Tucson, Arizona; and Phoenix, Arizona). Oscar has participated in masterclasses given by very important pianists such as Martin Cuellar, Fei-Fei Jiang, Mark Clinton, Slawomir Dobrzanski, Mi-Jung Im, Janka Krajciova, Nikodem Wojciechowski, William Westney, Jorge Federico Osorio, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Marcelo Lian, Alessandra Feris, Jorg Demus, and the pianist from the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic piano quartet, Markus Groh. In 2016, Oscar received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Kansas State University for a period of two years (Fall, 2016-Spring 2018). This assistantship gave him the opportunity to travel to the United States with the purpose to study his Master’s degree in Piano Performance with the renowned Polish pianist Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski. In November of 2016, he won the silver medal at KMTA State Piano Competition at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. For that reason, he was included in the Notable Scholarly Graduate Student Achievements list presented by Kansas State University’s Graduate Student Council in May of 2017. In November of 2017, however, he won the third prize at the KMTA state piano competition in Emporia, Kansas. Moreover, in April of 2018, he was awarded the first prize in the Honors Recital. This Recital showcases the most talented students in the Department of Music at Kansas State University.

Last year, Oscar was awarded the 2018 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Small Grant with the purpose to travel to Hungary and finish his research about Franz Liszt and his Musical Influence in the Neoromantic Piano Works by Manuel M. Ponce. In 2018, he also had a very successful debut in Europe (Bratislava, Slovakia) by playing Mexican music. Nowadays, he is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. In addition, he is not only a member of the Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lambda (for musicians) but also a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which is the oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society in the United States. Last year, Oscar accepted a GTA position at The Glenn Korff School of Music (Nebraska, Lincoln) with the purpose to study his DMA (Doctor in Musical Arts) with the renowned American pianist Dr. Mark Clinton.

Matthew Swenson

Matthew Swenson

Church Custodian

Matt has been our custodian for a few years now and has decided to move on at the end of December. He is a part-time employee that works approximately eight hours per week. Matt cleans, scrubs, and replaces supplies. He is very busy with two buildings to take care of, and he will be missed.

If anyone is interested in obtaining the position, or if you have questions, please contact Alan Berndt at email address lincolnbrethren@gmail.com or Jim Swenson at 402-499-7062.