About Tobias


Tobias Schlingensiepen has always called Topeka home. He attended Topeka Public Schools and graduated from Topeka West High School. He attended Washburn University, but ultimately graduated from the University of Kansas.



Tobias did his seminary studies in Germany, after which he served as a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Social Ethics at the University of Bonn. Returning to Topeka, Tobias was ordained in 2000 and began doing pastoral work in Topeka. Since 2005 he has served as the Senior Minister of Topeka's First Congregational Church. Tobias is also the lead chaplain for the Topeka Police Department. 



Tobias knows us and the needs of our communities well. In 2010, when Sam Brownback was trying to close the Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI), Tobias organized and advocated to preserve this important facility. Tobias knew its closure would devastate our community, and would eliminate critical services for Kansans with disabilities. Tobias’ efforts were successful and KNI remains fully operational.


He has also given back to the community through involvement in numerous community organizations. He just recently completed Leadership Greater Topeka.