Horizons Community Church, a United Methodist congregation in southwest Lincoln at 3200 Grainger Parkway celebrating 25 years of ministry this year, welcomes new senior pastor Mandy Barkhaus.
Pastor Barkhaus says she is thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to serve with the Horizons community beginning in July. Prior to serving in a church, Barkhaus worked for a non-profit organization, which allowed him to utilize his Bachelor of Arts degree in Human and Social Services Administration. She knew that helping people, especially young people, was her life. Although she loved her job, God called her to move from the secular non-profit world to the church world.
Barkhaus has held various roles in church ministry over the past 15 years. She served as a hospitality director, then youth director, then executive pastor for the past seven years. She completed the United Methodist Church curriculum in 2020, earned her master’s degree from Saint Paul School of Theology last May, and was named a provisional elder in June.
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She says she enjoyed serving at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Omaha, but continues to be open where God calls her. She is supported by her husband Tom and sons Jax, 21, and Lex, 18. Once in a while you can see their sons, but Mandy and Tom are newly empty nests. Son Jax lives and works in Kansas City, and Lex will stay in Omaha to study graphic design.
Besides ministry, Mandy and Tom enjoy hiking, biking, going on adventures, exercising, and playing board games.
“We are thrilled to be part of the Horizons community,” she said.