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Mike Parrett, Senior Associate Pastor-Education & Administration

Our small groups' guy is Mike Parrett. He is on mission to connect people with Christ and other believers. He believes that small groups are a great way to experience Jesus Christ and life together. Mike is a long-time member of FBC and serves as a bi-vocational minister, working part of the time as an instructor at Kansas City Kansas Community College and part of the time as our Senior Associate Pastor of Education and Administration. Mike and his wife, Linda, are healthcare providers who organize medical missions to Southeast Asia. They love traveling, meeting people and serving others. One of their favorite traditions is family vacations at the beach and now they take them with their grandchildren.

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Sara Gordon, Associate Pastor-Students & Families

Sara spent 9 years teaching Kindergarten in the Park Hill School District, then two years after that as a full-time mom. In 2014, God began speaking to Sara's heart about the calling He had for her life and how He planned to use her educational training and experiences in working with children and families, right here at FBCNKC! For Sara, FBCNKC has been home for her family through 4 generations! She has two children of her own, so she is always aware of the impact that our Children's Ministry has not only on the heart of a child, but also on the daily walk of each child's family. Sara believes in making every second count with children by intentionally laying a spiritual foundation that will allow children to easily accept Jesus Christ savior. Weekly programming provides a balance between high-energy activities to elicit curiosity, prayer, purposeful moments of worship and small group settings for discipleship and relationships with Christian mentors and church family can begin. Sara has never met a stranger! She loves her full-time job as mommy, reading and cooking.  

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Spencer Stith, Associate Pastor-Missions & Community Ministries

Spencer serves part-time as our Associate Pastor of Missions and Community Ministries. He has been a member of FBC since childhood and loves books, music and films. He has traveled to over 35 countries and has worked with several nonprofits over the years including stints with students, immigrants and low-income communities in urban Boston; with war refugees in Mali; in outreach and church planting for 7 years in Bulgaria with the IMB; directing the international activities of the American Academy of Family Physicians for 3 years and directing faculty development and the global scholars network for the International Institute for Christian Studies for 4 years. He is currently working on a PhD in nonprofit leadership at Eastern University. He also holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the University of Kansas. His wife, Leslie, is a hospital chaplain for Heartland Health in St. Joseph and Saint Luke's East Hospital in Lee's Summit. Together they have two children - Emmanuelle and Ian. Emma loves to read and is involved in Ballet North and ACT One, a local Christian youth theater. Ian loves music, superheroes and Star Wars.

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