Bessie Tolbert

Board Member, Christ Lutheran Church


Bessie is a member of Christ Lutheran Church, along with her husband, Eric. She is retired from the Dept. for Children and Families (formerly Social and Rehabilitation Services) where she worked as the Adult Protective Services Program Manager. Currently, she works part time for K-State Research and Extension as the Master Gardener Coordinator for Shawnee County.

Bessie has a heart for service and has volunteered with a variety of organizations and boards over the years. Lutheran education holds a special place in Bessie’s heart, as she attended Kindergarten through 8th grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Winfield, KS. The friendships created during that period endure over time, along with many happy memories.

Bessie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethany College, and Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration, both from the University of Kansas.