Rev. Marcee Binder
I am SO excited to be the new pastor as of July 1, 2022! I cannot wait to meet you, break bread with you, and share our hopes and dreams for Rockbrook. I am a dreamer by nature, and I believe young and old can all have dreams. I want us to create a vibrant, meaningful, mission-oriented church. I cannot wait to share my years of mercy ministry and my countless hours of justice ministry. I believe that the Holy Spirit uses us to fulfill God’s Heaven on Earth! I am excited to see how the Spirit moves at Rockbrook.
The heart and soul of my ministry is to build relationships with folks inside and outside of church. I realize that we are all finding our ways out of the pandemic which was full of loss, isolation, sickness, and hardships. The world needs to be loved. We are the ones who will be the hands and feet of Christ in our community.
I also consider myself a lifetime learner. I graduated from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business (’99) and a Master of Business Administration (’02). I graduated with a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 2019. Currently, I am working on my Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Prayerfully, I will graduate in 2023.
I want all of us to be the light of the world wherever we go which means sharing the love of Christ to whomever we meet!
Director of Children's Ministries Julie Vidlak
Julie is excited to serve as Children’s Ministry Director for ages 3 through 6th grade. Although this is her first formal job in church work, Julie’s prior experiences have definitely led her in this direction.
Julie grew up in the small town of Persia, Iowa going to the United Methodist Church. As she grew in the church, Julie also helped by playing piano for Sunday School and church and helping with Vacation Bible School. She attended Creighton University, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and began what would be a 14 year career of teaching math at the middle school level. Julie continued being active in church, first at Faith Westwood in Omaha, then Southminster in Lincoln, and now Rockbrook. Each church found Julie in similar roles of helping with music and education.
Julie is glad to help in the ever important goal of providing a meaningful church experience for the children of Rockbrook and beyond.
Chancel Choir Director Paul Susemihl
Paul is a native of Iowa and received a degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and later a Master’s Degree from UNO. He has taught on all levels in both Iowa and Nebraska. Paul has been a Music instructor for OPS for 29 years and recently retired from his teaching position. He has been the Chancel Choir director at Rockbrook since 1989. In addition, Paul has sung with the Clarion Chamber Chorale, Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum, and Omaha Chamber Singers. Paul adjudicates for high school music contests with the Iowa High School Music Association and occasionally in Nebraska. He has been involved with church music since he was a child and enjoys his work at Rockbrook very much.
Youth Director Marc Welander
Marc grew up in western Iowa. He attended the United Methodist Church in Charter Oak, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at this church. He also lived in Moorhead, IA and graduated high school from Blair, NE. Marc is an outdoors and sports fan. He enjoys camping with his family and likes to watch athletic events. He has spent over 10 years working in the Local Carpenter’s Union in Omaha. While working full time he went back to school and recently has made a career change to the field of IT Services after obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in System Network Administration from Bellevue University. Marc has served as the Vacation Bible School Games Leader at Rockbrook. He and his wife are members at Rockbrook Church with their two children. Marc has great leadership skills and enthusiasm for the youth at Rockbrook.
Pianist/Organist Tatyana Boellstorff
Tatyana Boellstorff was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in what was then the Soviet Union. She graduated from the prestigious Tashkent Conservatory, with emphasis in Concert Piano, Accompaniment with singers, chamber, and also Music Teaching. Her degree is the equivalent of a Doctorate of Music and Performing Arts in the United States. She moved to Kislovodsk, which is in the Caucasus Mountains, in a resort town named Kislovodsk, which became Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union. She moved to the United States to marry Tyson Boellstorff, and lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her two sons and their families nearby. She spends a lot of her time with her new grandson, and has plenty of pictures.
Tatyana has spent over twenty years teaching at the Rachmaninov Children's Musical School in Kislovodsk Russia, as well as 15 years here in the US, teaching piano to many, many talented and enthusiastic students. She has also given many, many concerts and produced several music CD's. She has had the honor of taking her students to many local festivals and contests, where they have consistently been awarded the highest scores and honors.
She currently performs charitable concerts at local nursing homes and retirement centers. She also works at the Rockbrook United Methodist Church in Omaha as pianist and organist.