Tiger Pennington, Senior Pastor
Tiger truly enjoys preaching and teaching the gospel. He enthusiastically invites listeners into the experiential world of Jesus and all of the characters of the New Testament so that we might meet Jesus again for the first time or as Phillip Yancey says, meet the "Jesus I never knew." Tiger believes our relationship with God begins by grasping just how much God loves us and grows as we understand the depth of His love. He believes in keeping things simple. Let's just love God and love people.
Tiger, his wife Cynthia, daughter Kristi and son T.J. were called here from Richmond, Kentucky, where they served for eight years. Being from Kentucky, Tiger is an avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan. Cynthia is an RN, but has embarked on a new career as a personal wellness coach. Kristi is self-employed as a personal wellness coach also. T.J. is a seventh grader and loves baseball and plays golf and basketball as well.
Tiger and his family are down-to-earth, fun-loving people who love following Jesus and serving his church.
Kevin Gibson, Associate Pastor-Worship & Senior Adults
Kevin joined the staff of First Baptist Church in June 2002. He has degrees from William Jewell College, Southern Seminary, and Northern Seminary. As an avid sports fan, Kevin enjoys rooting for professional teams that reside in a city on the eastern side of Missouri, as well as the college teams of good ole Mizzou. He also enjoys reading and taking in the arts scene of Kansas City. His wife, Christy, is an elementary music educator in the North Kansas City School District. She enjoys floral gardening and rubber stamping.
Vivian Howell, Associate Pastor-Children
Nearly every picture of Vivian Howell as a little girl portrays her with a baby doll in her arms. Perhaps those snapshots were a foreshawdowing of her present-day love of children. Working with children and having them respond brings great joy to Vivian. She has come to believe kids are worth whatever it takes to love and nurture them into the Kingdom of God. As Children's Pastor, she warmly welcomes the younger set (birth through 5th graders) to a place where they can get to know our awesome God.
Vivian holds an education degree from Auburn. For over 20 years, she has worked with preschool-age children in church and preschool programs. Now she finds great fulfillment in being the children's pastor.
Vivian's husband, James, is retired from the U.S. Army. They have lived in a variety of localities in the States and abroad. After a second career as a high school teacher, James is currently a young adult librarian.
Vivian and James have 3 grown sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. Besideds spending time with family, Vivian enjoys reading, cooking and sewing.
Mike Parrett, Associate Pastor-Education
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 bivocational minister, working part of the time as an instructor at Kansas City Kansas Community College and part of the time as our assosicate pastor of education. Mike and his wife, Linda, are social gads -- always up for a party. Their home is a haven for parties and fellowship. They have two children in college.
Tim Sensabaugh, Associate Pastor-Youth
Tim is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and Rhema. He has served in youth ministry for over a decade and has led youth on international missions to over a dozen countries. Additionally he has led youth revivals and conferences all over the United States. He is the author of "The Untrained Generation: What's Wrong with Youth Ministry" a resource for new youth leaders. His wife Michele currently serves as a manager for Starbucks in downtown Kansas City. They are both committed to serving and equipping the youth through dynamic, relevant and impactful youth ministry. His hobbies include a wide range of interests in the performing arts such as theatre, film and music.
Spencer Stith, Associate Pastor-Missions
Spencer serves part-time as our Associate Pastor of Missions. 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 (third grade) and Ian (preschool). 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.