Mark Carrington serves as the lead pastor. He is married to Katie, and they have five children. Mark spent his childhood and college years in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and gained experience through an internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. In August 2017, after living for three years in Central Asia and then serving for three years as an associate pastor at Maple Avenue Baptist Church in Georgetown, Ontario, Mark moved to Kansas City to start his position at Wornall Road Baptist Church. Along with pastoring and pursuing a Masters of Theology in church history from Toronto Baptist Seminary, Mark enjoys reading and taking time to play with his kids.
Mark came to faith when he was in high school after hearing the gospel from a friend. He was intrigued by the faith of his friend’s family and their church. After wrestling for about a year with the exclusivity of the claims made by Jesus: that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one comes to the Father but through Him, he finally felt the weight of his own sins. He understood that Christ had taken on his sin at the Cross and proved His power over death when he rose from the grave. He praises God for His constant grace since that day.
Nathan Sanderse serves as a member of the pastor team. His is married to Amanda, and they have one child. Nathan was born outside of Vancouver, Canada, but spent most of his childhood moving around, spending his most significant portions of time in Calgary, Alberta and around Toronto, Ontario. He has lived in Kansas City since 2011. Nathan works as a physician in the Kansas City area, and when he has free time, enjoys spending time with people, pursing his interests in haiku poetry and personal finance and investing, and clicking “Random Article” on Wikipedia’s main page.
Nathan’s relationship with Christ was given a foundation through the Christian household he grew up in. Through his childhood and adolescent years, his life was described by James 2:14, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” Towards the end of college, God placed several people in Nathan’s live to expose his sinfulness and duplicity. Now, 1 Timothy 1:15-16 is the Truth that Nathan claims, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience.” Nathan is constantly praising the Lord for such an undeserved adoption and inheritance. A few formative books for Nathan’s walk with the Lord have been Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Westminster Confession of Faith, The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett, and Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem.