The Reverend Len Dale

Interim/Transition pastor

Retired Bishop’s Associate of the Central States Synod

Retired Director of Evangelical Mission, ELCA


Pastor Dale has served in a wide variety of contexts and types of ministry during 45 years of ordination. He has served as a pastoral assistant in youth and campus ministry, mission developer of a new congregation, Chaplain in a state C.D/M.I treatment center, Interim Director of the Lutheran Center in Olongo Po City Philippines, pastor in large and small churches, Mission Director – ELCA, Bishop’s Associate and Director of Evangelical Missions. 

Pr. Dale recently retired as Director of Evangelical Missions and Bishop Gustafson’s associate. Len worked with new congregational development, transformational ministry, and stewardship. He was staff liaison to the Church and Society Team and oversaw the work of the stewardship and mission tables as well as the grant process for new and renewing congregations through the ELCA. 

Pastor Dale is married to Anne, now going on 50 years of marriage. He has three married children and 5 grandchildren.  


Aaron Heilman

Worship Leader

Director of Ministries


Aaron (striped sweater in the picture) has been a part of worship and music ministry for over a decade. A confirmed Lutheran, he is a bit of a prodigal son. Aaron strayed from the church during his late teens and twenties but re-committed his life to Christ in his thirties. God used music to draw Aaron back to him. For this reason, Aaron has a soft spot for those who God seems to be calling back to the fold and relates very much to the Apostle Paul, “chief of all sinners”. Like Paul, Aaron is an evangelist at heart.

Aaron is an accomplished guitarist and lover of music and art. Self-described as “a guitarist who sings”, he loves to play and sing to the Lord. Aaron sees music as a profound gift from God and a healing ministry. “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”- Martin Luther

Aaron has been married for nearly 20 years to his lovely wife, Heather. They have two wonderful boys, now young men, Gavin and Quentin. Next to God, Aaron holds his family above all else. He graduated from Spring Hill High and now lives in Overland Park, KS. In his free time Aaron enjoys….”What free time?”-Aaron


Andrea Hodges

Parish Ministry Associate


Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Andrea attended Roman Catholic elementary and high schools. A bit like Martin Luther, though she didn’t know about him in those years, Andrea was really good at understanding church rules, sin and guilt, but missed embracing the radical, loving grace exemplified by Jesus’ life. 

That changed over four years of visiting Advent Lutheran Church in Olathe, Kansas, where she saw that ‘saved by grace through faith, not works,’ is a real thing people actually believe and live! She finally took the leap to join and “reinvent” her faith in the Protestant tradition. After participating in many ministries at Advent, she answered God’s Call to complete lay ministry course studies through the ELCA, becoming a Parish Ministry Associate, authorized by the Bishop for various roles within churches.

In 2011, she came to Hillside to help launch the new-start ELCA church. Andrea can’t wait to see how God is re-imagining Hillside’s ministry in 2021 and beyond! She and Lance have been married for 35 years, and have two wonderful grown children, Kayla and Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Nicole.


Curtis Kaiser

Council Vice President and Building/Grounds

Curtis was born and raised attending Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Park, KS. After college, he moved to Kansas City where he met his wife, Emilie. They have 3 children, Landon, Brady, and Emma. Landon and Brady have both been confirmed at Hillside, and Emma is in the process of confirming her faith in Christ.  

Curtis has been active in supporting Hillside in many ways over the years. His family has attended Hillside since the second service and is a charter member. Maintaining the grounds and renovating the interior of the church are some current examples of his contributions.  If it needs fixing, Curtis will roll up his sleeves and get to work.

Though the current environment is challenging, Curtis is looking forward to helping lead Hillside to a bright future as we give glory to God and serve the surrounding communities. Curtis and his family are heavily involved in the community life of Spring Hill and love being a part of the community.