Pete Emery has served as interim pastor at Southern Hills since August 2018.  He graduated with a degree in English from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and eventually made his way to New York City where he pursued the life of a free-lance opera singer and stage actor.  He has performed with companies such as: the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lake George Opera Company, the Regina Opera of Brooklyn, the Annapolis Opera, the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, the New York Choral Society, the Guild Hall Players and the Signature Theatre, both of Wichita, and the Wichita Shakespeare Company.  He was artist-in-residence for the Charlotte Opera (now Opera Carolina). He is a past president of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of New York. He took a degree in library science from Pratt Institute, and became a librarian for Fordham University and the Brooklyn Public Library.

While in New York, he basically stumbled upon the community of Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship, eventually becoming a member of that congregation, and then its interim pastor.    Encouraged to pursue a call to the ministry, he entered Lancaster Theological Seminary, graduating in 2009. He has since served in interim capacities for Manhattan Mennonite Church (Kansas, this time), Turpin (OK) Mennonite Church,  and Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church of Goessel, KS.

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