Fr. Alexii (David) Altschul, RS Founder

Fr. Alexii (David) Altschul, RS Founder

About RS

Fr. Alexii Altschul was an insurance salesman that became inspired and convicted by Christ's admonition to love and serve the poor in the Gospels. When he met his wife, Matushka Michaela (at the time Thelma Gardner), she was housing strangers in her small apartment and feeding them with whatever she had. Fr. Alexii quit his job and married Michaela and began Reconciliation Ministries as a non-denominational church in the building at 3101 Troost. They lived in the building and served meals to the community on a daily basis. About 25 years ago, Fr. Alexii felt the need to focus deeply on prayer as the basis of their work on Troost. After a bit of searching, Fr. Alexii, Michaela and the small community at Reconciliation Ministries became an Eastern Orthodox Church called St Mary of Egypt under Bishop Longin of the Serbian Diocese of the Midwest. Reconciliation Services then became a separate entity, functioning as the missional arm of the church. 

Fr Justin Mathews, RS Executive Director

Fr Justin Mathews, RS Executive Director

The mission of RS found its roots in the deep spiritual prayer of the Orthodox faith and redefined its mission according to the Orthodox profession that all people are living icons of Christ. After Matuska Michaela passed away in 2012, Fr. Alexii began pursuing a life of monasticism in a continuation of his desire to "take root downward in order to bear fruit upward." He passed the task of directing RS on to Fr. Justin, who had been actively serving the poor for years through his service with the Nashville Rescue Mission and serving as the founding Executive Director of FOCUS North America. Fr. Alexii continues to be connected to RS, supporting the ministry through prayer and counsel. In the years since he became the Executive Director of RS, Fr. Justin has worked tirelessly to strengthen RS programs and further define its mission to "reveal the hidden strengths" of the living icons around 31st and Troost.

RS at 3101 Troost Avenue, Kansas City

RS at 3101 Troost Avenue, Kansas City

Mother Nicole helps an RS client

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dina Gardner, President
Kathryn Evans-Madden, Vice President
Melissa Ver Meer, PhD, Treasurer
Dr. Michael Abraham, Secretary
Carla Hutchinson, LCSW
Cecilia Garrett, MLA
Dr. Pauline Sleder
Crina Slobodnic

 

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Hieromonk Alexii Paisius Altschul
Karen Zecy
Bob Andrews, JD
Cindy Beasley
Richard Nelson
Hagos E. Andebrhan
Martin Okpareke
Rodney Knott
Iulia Istrate
Jeanetta Issa
Duvel "DJ" Pierre
Adriana Sarris
Nathan Jackson
Clifford O’Bryan
Dmeter Dragovich
Gator Greenwill

 

 

 


STAFF

Fr. Justin Mathews, Executive Director  

Fr. Justin Mathews, Executive Director
 

Nathan Jackson, Associate Director  

Nathan Jackson, Associate Director
 

Olivette Hamilton, Foster Grandparents Program Office Coordinator

Olivette Hamilton, Foster Grandparents Program Office Coordinator

Dcn. Turbo Qualls, Therapy Program Assistant Manager, Case Manager.  

Dcn. Turbo Qualls, Therapy Program Assistant Manager, Case Manager.

 

Sandra De'Ately LMSW, Emergency Services Manager

Sandra De'Ately LMSW, Emergency Services Manager

Sylvia Goodloe, LMSW, Clinical Therapy Program Manager

Sylvia Goodloe, LMSW, Clinical Therapy Program Manager

Stacey Stark, Staff Bookkeeper

Stacey Stark, Staff Bookkeeper

Also on staff but not pictured are:
Jenny Mosher, Contract Grant Writer
Jodi Mathews, Communications & Events Manager
Monica Henderson, Guest Receptionist & Intake Associate
Marina Miller, Development Associate


 


ANNUAL REPORTS 

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