Horizons Community Church, a United Methodist congregation in southwest Lincoln at 3200 Grainger Parkway, celebrating its 25th anniversary of service this year, welcomes new senior pastor Mandy Barkhaus.
Pastor Barkhaus says she is excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve in the Horizons Fellowship beginning in July. Before serving in a church, Barkhaus worked for a nonprofit organization, which allowed her to use her Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Services Administration. She knew that helping people, especially young people, was her mission in life. Although she loved her job, God called her to make the transition from the secular, nonprofit world to the church world.
Barkhaus has held various Church service roles over the past 15 years. She has served as Hospitality Director, then Youth Director, and then Executive Pastor for the past seven years. She graduated from the United Methodist Course of Study in 2020, received her master’s degree from Saint Paul School of Theology last May, and was named interim elder in June.
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She says she loved serving at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Omaha, but remains open to where God is calling her. She is supported by her husband Tom and sons Jax, 21, and Lex, 18. Her sons are occasionally seen, but Mandy and Tom are new empty nesters. Son Jax lives and works in Kansas City and Lex will stay in Omaha to study graphic design.
Outside of the ministry, Mandy and Tom enjoy hiking, biking, adventuring, exercising, and playing board games.
“We are excited to be part of the Horizons community,” she said.