Who We Are

Mission Statement

Celebrating Christ, Sharing Love, and Serving God.

Vision Statement

We believe God has called us to be a community of faithful Christians where all persons are welcomed regardless of race, economic status, age, and ethnic origin.

We are called to reach the unchurched and to help persons develop a deeper spiritual life through inspiration and experience.

Our Statement of Belief

We believe...
In relationships - to God - to Jesus Christ - to one another. We believe the Bible encourages us to live in responsible relationships with all people.
We believe...
It is our responsibility to serve, challenge, and support individuals. Our outreach Ministry starts at home and extends throughout the world. This includes weekly giving to mission and special mission projects. Our programs range from Bible study to support teams.
We believe...
In offering our building to Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Meals on Wheels, "I Care" for food distribution and other service groups.

Our Staff

Our Pastor - Lynn Lamberty

Rev. Lynn Lamberty has been our pastor since April, 2008. A Nebraska native, he came to ministry at the age of 40 after spending several years as a practicing lawyer. Before coming to Highland Park, he served University United Methodist Church in Kansas City Kansas, a small inner city faith community. In his time at University, that church deepened its involvement with the surrounding community through consistent outreach especially centering on children and youth. University became a very diverse faith group ethnically, economically and in age during Pastor Lynn’s eleven years there.

"In these rapidly changing times, it is hard to know what is real and what is not, who can be trusted and who cannot. HPUMC believes that God can be trusted to love us, to lead us and to help us through the tough times we face. God can also be trusted to challenge us to lead lives that matter in this world. In God's eyes, none of us are a mistake. We all have an important role to play in making this world a better place in which to live.

As Christians we are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ individually and as a church. To do that effectively, we need to overcome our fear of change, of rejection and the unknown and trust that God will help us to show others how and why God makes a difference in our lives. Churches that are faithful to their call are always in the process of changing. Christ expects us to be especially attentive to connecting with folks who are on the margins of society. We have a great partnership here at Highland Park. We are working and learning together about how to more effectively represent the God we serve. If you don’t have a church home, consider making your home with us."

-- Pastor Lynn

Pastoral Leaders

HPUMC is part of the United Methodist denomination and as such there is pastoral leadership at higher levels of the organization that stands ready to help and challenge us. They are:

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., is the resident bishop of the Great Plains Episcopal Area. He oversees the ministries of United Methodist churches throughout Kansas and Nebraska.

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is assisted by other pastors who oversee the work of smaller groups of churches organized into Districts. HPUMC is part of the Topeka District and our District Superintendent is Rev. Kay Scarbrough, based in Topeka. You may contact her at kscarbrough@kansaseast.org.

Retired Pastors

Highland Park is also blessed to have a number of retired pastors in special relationship with the church. Some of these pastors help us on a regular basis. The retired pastors are:

Rev. Donald Anderson
Rev. Ron Farrell
Rev. Jean Marie Grabher
Rev. Tedd Inman
Rev. Barbara Moore
Rev. Karel Ramsey

Office Staff

We are blessed to have several talented staff members at Highland Park Church. They are:

Church Secretary -- Kerry Harris
Custodian -- David Arasmith
Organist and Wesley Choir Director -- Shane Galentine
Church Outreach Worker -- Barbara Stodgell
Various child care attendants and helpers

Church staff can be contacted through the main church phone number:

Highland Park Church Office is open:
Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm.

Our E-mail address is:

Highland Park United Methodist Church
2914 SE Michigan,Topeka, Kansas 66605