Spreading God's Word

SINCE 1985

Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at The Woods is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out by email or call our church office. 

You can contact the church office at wwoodsnaz@wwnaz.org

or call (785) 273-2248.

  • Dr. L.D. Holmes  - Senior Pastor   circleemail

    Dr. Holmes was born in Portland Oregon. He has been married to his lovely wife Jolene since they met as teenagers in Hastings Nebraska. They have two lovely daughters, & five beautiful granddaughters. He holds four earned college degrees, (AA-BA-Th.m Th.D.) Dr. Holmes has been the Pastor of Wanamaker Woods since 1985. He enjoys playing golf, reading, and especially spending time with his family.

  • Dr. Michael DeHaan -  Lead Pastor  circleemail

    Michael De Haan has been on staff at The Woods since September 2015. In 2016, Michael and Pastor Holmes began a 5 year leader-shift transition. Michael holds a BA in Youth and Family Ministries from MidAmerica Nazarene University, a M.Div and a D.Min from from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Previous to this assignment, Michael was a youth pastor in Moravia, IA and Overland Park, KS and a Chaplain Assistant in the IA Army National Guard. Michael and his wife Amber were married in 2005 and are the parents of Ryann, Ethan and Brooklynn.

  • Blake Owings - Family Pastor/Students  circleemail

    Blake Owings has served as the Youth Pastor at The Woods since April 2021. He graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2017. Before coming to The Woods, Blake was the youth pastor in Coffeyville, KS. Blake and his wife, Maddie were married in 2017 and have a son, Forest.

  • Donny & Holly Woodbridge - Worship Pastor/Children's Director  circleemail

    Donny & Holly Woodbridge have served at The Woods since 2019.  They have 4 sons - Joel, Micah, Zachary and Josiah.

  • Jerry Schmid - Executive Pastor  circleemail

    Jerry Schmid has served at The Woods for many years in many roles.  He and his wife have 2 daughters and several grandchildren.

  • Fran Ruecker - Outreach Pastor   circleemail

    Fran Ruecker is the Minister of Outreach and also fills the role of Administrative Assistant.  Pastor Fran is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  She was ordained in 2002 and it was that same year she came on staff at Wanamaker Woods.   Previous to that time she was an associate pastor at Lakeview Nazarene from 1996 to 2002.  Before that she and her late husband Arnie traveled and sang as evangelists for 10 years doing Family Impact Revivals.  She is the mother of 14 children and the grandmother of 33 and great grandmother of 13.

  • Jared Ritchey - Hospitality Pastor  circleemail

    Jared Ritchey takes care of our Hospitality Services here at The Woods.  Previously, he ministered at our Montara Campus from 2017-2022.  He and his wife Jessie have 3 children.

  • Bill Ritchey - Montara Pastor  circleemail

    Bill Ritchey ministers at our Montara Home church - along with his wife Nell.

Our Beliefs

At our church, you will hear the word “gospel” repeatedly because it is the most important truth that we can know and experience. The gospel is not merely a message that needs to be shared with non-Christians, but also with Christians. It is not something that mature Christians move on from, but rather something that they move deeper into. The gospel is the lens in which we should view theology, ministry, and all aspects of life.

The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” concisely in 1st Corinthians 15:3-5 when he wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” Simply put, the gospel is all about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the implications it has for us.