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.
Brian Henke serves as a member of the pastor team. He is married to Sarah, and they have six children. Brian has lived in Kansas City area his entire life, and works in information technology providing product support. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing disc golf and ping pong, working in his yard and garden, and doing projects around the house.
Brian’s relationship with Christ was built through his Christian family and the church they attended. God used both to draw Brian to Himself and make him realize his need for God. Later on, God used Campus Crusade for Christ to grow him in his faith and to develop a greater love for Him.
Ryan McKay serves as a member of the pastor team. He is married to April, and they have two children. Ryan grew up in Grandview, Missouri, and has lived in the Kansas City Metro for 33 years, 11 of those within the city. Ryan is currently a program manager for an architectural company, and outside of that enjoys fishing, camping, biking, and hiking.
Ryan came to faith as a young boy in church after multiple conversations with his parents and pastor. He knew, even at that age, the implications of his sinful heart and his need of a Savior. In college, he further realized the depravity of the sinful nature and what it meant to take up his cross and live for Christ. A group of young men at the University of Missouri’s Baptist Student Union began living alongside him and discipling him in the faith. The relationships with those men helped him better understand and see his relationship with the Heavenly Father and the work He was doing to sanctify and grow Ryan in His likeness.
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.
Danny Moore serves as a member of the pastor team. He is married to Katie, and they have three children. Danny grew up in Wamego, Kansas, but has been living in Kansas City for 10 years total, with a brief “interruption” of three years in Providence, Rhode Island. He is currently a PhD student with a wide variety of interests and hobbies, such as making wood furniture for his family.
Danny came to faith around 19 years of age when, after a period of attending church with a friend, his friend’s dad explained the Gospel message to him. While he found it to be a strange and uncomfortable situation at the time, the message of Jesus’ mercy and righteous authority became more and more compelling and began to make sense. As a result of the Lord’s work in his life, he prayed, asking for forgiveness and expressing his desire to follow Jesus.