Rev. Judith Cady, Religious Education Minister
Judith is the minister of religious education at All Souls. She came on staff in 2007 and is responsible for the religious education of our children and youth. Judith has been involved with church ministry for 23 years and her passions lie in serving children and youth and in ministering to others through pastoral care. She enjoys working with a wonderful group of adult volunteers to create liberal religious education programs that are welcoming, dynamic and fun for our children.
Rev. Diana Hughes, Administrator
Diana, a communications specialist, joined the staff in March of 2010. Having a background in television and theater, she won an Emmy for her production work on the daytime talk show “Woman to Woman.” More recently, she worked as a producer at KCPT, Kansas City’s public television station. Ordained a Unity minister, Diana brings extensive experience in the religious community to her role as Administrator for office staff, office functions and church life .
Anthony T. Edwards – Music Director & Worship Arts Coordinator
Anthony is a Music Director, Conductor, Pianist and Arranger. He is a native of Humboldt, Tennessee and has been privileged to be the Musical Director for theatres and churches across the country.
Anthony is currently the Resident Musical Director for us here at All Souls and for EPIC Events (a division of Starlight Theatre), Starlight Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and the Coterie Theatre. Anthony is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri in Kansas City for the Graduate Acting Program.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in commercial music and piano performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and graduate studies in piano performance at the University of Missouri-Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, MO. He has appeared with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the New Theatre Restaurant, the Quality Hill Playhouse, Starlight Theatre, Theatre in the Park, the American Heartland Theatre, Bar Natasha, the Unicorn Theatre, the Red Barn Theatre and the Waterfront Theatre in Key West, FL., the American Theatre in Rockford, IL. and Late Night Theatre.
Anthony happily serves on the Advisory Board of PerformOUT Kansas City and on the Program Committee for the Aids Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
Sherry Anspach, Office Associate
Sherry has been a member of All Souls since November of 1980 and began working part-time in the office in September 2013. Having volunteered in many areas of All Souls church life and being a past board president, Sherry brings a rich knowledge of and appreciation for All Souls. If you have a question about what’s happening at church, ask Sherry first. If she doesn’t know the answer, she knows who will.
Vicki Norris, Bookkeeper
Vicki Norris has worked as an accounting clerk for Block & Company Realtors, Tower Properties and Commerce Bank, and as an Administrative Assistant in the Corporate Trust Dept. of Commerce Bank. While going to night school to complete her Bachelor’s degree, she was inspired to teach high school. Mrs. Norris completed her BSE in Business and Technology at the Univ. of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and taught business courses at Hickman High School and Smith-Hale Middle School. Vicki grew up in a farming community in southwestern Missouri. She loves to travel, play games and is enthralled with all things Disney. She and her husband, Cliff, live in South Kansas City, near Grandview. The couple have two grown sons, Christopher and Kevin, and a cat named DA.
Elsafi Ahmed, Custodian
Elsafi handles our custodial duties and keeps our building in pristine condition.
He is originally from Sudan and came to this country in 2000. He has a lovely wife and four children; two boys and two girls.
Elsafi has a Bachelors Degree in Arabic Language from Cairo University, Khartoum Branch, in 1981. He earned a Masters Degree in Arabic Language with an emphasis in linguistics from Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan in 1997 and he received his PhD in Arabic language with an emphasis in linguistics from Alneel University in 2005. He teaches classes in Arabic Language at the Penn Valley campus of the Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City.
Rev. Jim Eller, Minister Emeritus
Rev. Jim Eller served as the Senior Minister of All Souls from 1999 to 2009. He retired to move with his wife, Rev. Jeannie Himes, a United Methodist minister, to her call to serve a congregation in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He was named Minister Emeritus by the All Souls congregation in June of 2009, and is remembered fondly by many members.
For most of Rev. Eller’s career, he has been involved in justice seeking ministries, including Congregationally Based Community Organizing, peace work, non-violent activism, environmental advocacy, working with people living with AIDs and as an advocate for women’s reproductive rights. Since retiring from All Souls, Rev. Eller has served as the Vice President of the UU retired ministers and partners organization, UURMaPa, and as a member of the UU Funding Panel for a Just Society. He is also a regular preacher for several smaller UU congregations in Oklahoma, and an advocate preacher for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.