Gabe Pennington  originally hails from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has a degree in English Education from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. He and Christa have been married for almost 10 years. They are raising two boys, Kaiden 9, and Sylace 8. This is Gabe‘s first year as pastor here in Topeka, but he has pastored three years before. Gabe has also taught high school and middle school English a combined 6 years. Gabe has coached wrestling, tennis, and junior high football. Gabe has also been a chaplain in two different county jails. Previously, Gabe and Christa have lived in Weatherford, OK; Elkhart, IN; and Luther, OK. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, camping, reading, and cheering for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. 

Dianne Turnbow is the director for preschool children’s activities during worship at Southern Hills. Dianne is a preschool teacher at Christ the King Catholic School in Topeka


Megan Waltner is the Administrative Assistant at Southern Hills Mennonite Church. She graduated from Bethel College in 2002 with a BA in Restorative Community Justice. In 2008, she moved to Topeka with her husband Jarod. They have two children who attend Topeka Public Schools. She is also a board member with the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice and involved in the PTO at her kids’ school.