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If you wish to contact any of our staff, please call 816.942.9022
or click on their picture below to send an email.
Shawn was born in Emporia, Kansas and raised in the De Soto/Olathe area. He graduated from Olathe South High School and attended Mid America Nazarene University on a football scholarship. Prior to his freshman year, on a Sunday night in July at College Church of the Nazarene, he, along with his best friend Chip Millhuff, accepted Jesus Christ into his life. His goal was to earn his degree and go into law enforcement; the profession of his father.
Shawn met Sherri Pedersen, a pastor’s daughter who spent most of her childhood in Greeley, Colorado, and they were married in June of 1987. Within the first three months of their marriage, Shawn felt a call into ministry and began the steps for pursuing this call. His first assignment, as he began his education for ministry, was as youth pastor for his father-in-law, Roy Pedersen, at the Topeka Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene.
Shawn and Sherri spent almost five years at Topeka Fairlawn, had their first child, Shawna, before accepting his second assignment as senior pastor for the First Church of the Nazarene in Hooker, Oklahoma. After Hooker, Shawn pastored the First Churches in Blythe, California, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Visalia, California and finally Denver First Church of the Nazarene prior to arriving at Kansas First Church of the Nazarene. They had their second daughter, Shayli, while pastoring in Blythe, California in a San Diego hospital and their third child, and son, Shaden, in Council Bluffs, Iowa in an Omaha, Nebraska hospital. Shawna is 26 years old and married to Dalton Diehl, grandson to Jim Diehl and son to Don and Diann, and she is a children’s pastor for the Montrose Church of the Nazarene in Montrose, California. She graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University. Shayli is 21 and will be a senior at Northwest Nazarene University where she is on a volleyball scholarship and captain of her team studying Communication Sciences. Shaden is 18 and will be attending Mid America Nazarene University in the fall on a football scholarship. He is studying for the ministry.
Shawn has served as trustee on the Northwest Nazarene University board, the Nazarene Bible College board and the Central California and Colorado District advisory boards. He earned his master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University while serving in Visalia, California. Shawn has served on denominational boards and has spoken at retreats, revivals, and non-denominational national conferences. He has been a member of the COK (Churches over 1,000) since 2003.
Shawn’s interests include the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals, KU Jayhawks and MNU Pioneers. His passion is watching his kids play sports and perform their activities. His passion for the church is for it to reach maximum impact in its community through various outreach and discipleship programs that lead to Christ transformation in their lives and in the Body.
Jeff and his lovely wife Nicole moved to Kansas City in the Fall of 2014 to pursue his M.Div at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jeff is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, class of 2013. He majored in Religion with a focus on Pastoral Ministries. He calls Savannah, GA home, and has lived all over south Georgia. Nicole is also a Trevecca grad in the class of 2013 with a degree in Social Work, and she too calls Georgia home. In September of 2016 Jeff began serving as pastor to the College & Career age group at KCFC while also helping the church worship, fellowship, and outreach through various sports ministries. In the summer of 2018, Jeff accepted the position of Associate Pastor, helping with all those areas in a more full-time capacity.
In his free time you can expect Jeff to be playing or watching sports, being outside, hanging with Nicole, playing guitar, and hitting up yard sales on Saturday mornings. Nicole shares this love of yards sales, along with thrift stores, clearance aisles, and anywhere she can find a good deal. She enjoys reading, going for long walks, and being with family. Together they love travelling, kayaking, and finding adventures.
Whether in ministry among the folks at KCFC, or with precious family and friends scattered coast-to-coast, Anne cares deeply about relationships and loves conversations about God's faithful care. Prayer support is a key expression of her shepherding and stems from her walk with Jesus.
She graduated from Eastern Nazarene College ('79) and earned masters degrees from both Fuller Theological Seminary (MA in Marriage & Family Ministry,'85) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv '17).
Anne married Doug, her love and best friend, in May 1981, and they have three delightful and fascinating young adult children, Alex, Lia & Elena. After recent years of giving herself to family caregiving and studies, Anne looks forward to rediscovering earlier activities like quilting and has re-joined the YMCA.
Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Masters of Arts in Christian Education Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Prior to NTS, Dr. Blevins served eleven years at Trevecca Nazarene University as Professor of Christian Education. A graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary Dean received his Ph.D from the Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA) in 1999.
An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Reverend Blevins serves as the United States/Canada Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene and consults in youth, children and family ministry, as well as guides clergy development in the US. Dean also serves as Board Chairman of YouthFront, a Kansas City based, national, youth ministry training organization.
Dean has contributed to several books and published over 50 church related or scholarly. Dean co-wrote the text Discovering Discipleship: The Dynamics of Christian Education with Dr. Mark Maddix. Dean currently serves as senior editor of Didache: Faithful Teaching, an on-line academic journal dedicated to the exploration of faith, culture and higher education within the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan institutions.
Roger has served as a part-time Teaching Pastor at KC First Church since April, 1996. His full-time job is at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri where he is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of New Testament. He is also a frequent contributor to denominational publications, especially in the area of Adult Sunday School resources.
Roger met and married his wife, Dorothy, while a student at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelors degree in Math Education and a Masters degree in Bible. He also earned the Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Duke University. He has both the gifts and passion for teaching the Scriptures.
Roger and Dorothy live in Spring Hill, Kansas, and have three sons: Jonathan, Matthew and Timothy.
Jared and his wife Abby came to KCFC in September of 2015. They had the privilege of supporting Audrey Landers, the previous Young Adult Pastor in her faithful ministry at KCFC. Since August of 2016, Jared has transitioned into the role of Young Adult Pastor as God leads Audrey to new ministry opportunities.
He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 2015 with degrees in Religion and Biology. He and Abby are each currently pursuing their Masters of Divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Abby works at the KC Rescue Mission's women's shelter. She also prepares the weekly meals at KCFC and plays drums and guitar for the worship team.
Jared enjoys reading, playing sports and video games, flying kites, yo-yoing, and doing most anything outdoors. Abby loves running. She also enjoys playing sports, baking, cooking, and playing music.
Roland came to us in June of 2012. He had previously served with the 365m Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary being sent to Nairobi, Kenya. Roland graduated from NTS in May of 2013, with the Master of Divinity degree and a certificate in Intercultural Studies. Prior to that, Roland served in 2011 as the College Ministries Intern here at KCFC. Roland graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2009 with a BA in Christian Ministries and a minor in Missions.
Roland originally hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, and is a dual citizen between South Africa and the U.S. He has lived in the countries of South Africa, Malawi, and Kenya, and the U.S. states of Nebraska, Idaho, Kansas and Missouri.
Roland has a passion for youth and discipling them to be fully committed followers of Christ in their homes, our city, and world.
Roland has been married to a beautiful woman named Ashley since December, 2013. Ashley is a social worker as well as a graduate of NTS. In his free time, Roland enjoys spending time with his wife, as well as watching rugby, playing ultimate frisbee and tennis, running, drinking coffee, hiking, camping, traveling, and gathering together with friends and family. In the summer of 2018, Roland and Ashley became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl.
Roxanne Alexander Jones grew up in a Wesleyan parsonage. She early learned what it meant to be a follower of Jesus Christ. She graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She went on to complete a Masters in Gerontology as well as a Master’s in Health Services Administration. She served as the Compassionate Ministries Coordinator for the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) from 2002-2007. While living in Ukraine she began her ministerial education. She was ordained in 2011 on the North Carolina district. She currently resides in Overland Park, Kansas where she works full-time as an Elementary School Nurse for the Shawnee Mission School District. Roxanne’s desire is to serve the Lord wherever He has placed her two feet. She is excited to be able to serve the congregation of Kansas City First Church as the Parish Health Pastor.
Susan came on staff as Spanish Ministry Pastor in the fall of 2018. A native of New Jersey, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Peabody Conservatory of Music. After marrying Tim McKeithen, they moved to Hong Kong with music jobs and experienced cross-cultural ministries for the first time. From there they moved to Spain where they lived, worked, and ministered as tentmaker missionaries for 9 years. In 2001, Susan and Tim were sent as Global Missionaries to South America serving the Lord in Argentina and Chile for a decade. Moving back to the United States in 2011 to Colorado, Susan and Tim started a Spanish congregation which they pastored for 6 years. Whether Susan was Connect Pastor or front desk bilingual secretary at an Elementary school, the discipleship of new believers was always important to her. In 2016, Susan started working at Nazarene Bible College as the Executive Assistant to the President.
Susan is trusting God to bring in a harvest of families to form a beautiful congregation of Hispanics through Kansas City First Church. She is very happy to work with the ministry team God is forming. One church with two languages is the philosophy of this new expansion. Very proud of their two children and daughter in law, Susan’s desire is to be able to visit them both, her daughter who serves in Guyana, and her son and daughter in law, who minister in Argentina. Susan and Tim are both ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene and have been serving God together for the past 35 years.
Sherri has served along side of Shawn in ministry for over thirty years. After graduating from Mid America Nazarene University, she has worked for various organizations throughout the years in management and public relation positions. She has also served in several capacities in their churches. She is assisting KCFC in developing and growing ministries, currently in Worship & Arts and Children's but is assisting other programs as well when needed. In her free time, Sherri enjoys reading, movies, new restaurants, hiking, and consignment and thrift shopping. The activities she enjoys the most are family gatherings. She and Shawn have three children; Shawna, a children's pastor in California who is married to Dalton Diehl, a singer/song writer/musician; Shayli, a senior Communication Science major and volleyball player at Northwest Nazarene University who is engaged to Coltin Brink, youth minister at Nampa College Church; and Shaden, a freshmen football ministry major at Mid America Nazarene University.
Phyllis has been a familiar face in the children's area since coming to KCFC in December 1990. She has served as nursery director several times--most recently serving in this position for the last 3 years.
Phyllis has been working with children for more than 40 years. When she's not with the children, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
A Kansas City native, Jennifer grew up near First Church and attended regularly through her late elementary and teen years until moving in 1998 to study at the University of Kansas. There, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising. Upon graduation, she began work for the Nazarene Publishing House doing marketing work for Lillenas, their music division, for the following 5 years. During that time she married her husband, Jonathan, in a beautiful ceremony held at Kansas City First Church. After a move to Overland Park in 2008, Jennifer made the decision to stay home to raise their children, Jackson and Hadley. Jennifer believes her title of “Mom” is the biggest and best privilege of her life and is passionate about helping and leading all children to grow in their faith. Jennifer and Jonathan served as Sunday school teachers in the KCFC Children’s Department for 4 years, as well as organizing and leading special events and outings for the KCFC kids and their families. Jennifer is now serving in an interim position as Children’s Ministry Director.
Melinda and her family began attending First Church in 2003. She began working part-time in the church office during the summer of 2010. After her graduation from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor's in Christian Education, she was hired as a full-time ministry assistant for KCFC.
In her free time, Melinda enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
Linda has been a part of KC First since 2000, and joined the staff in 2006. She currently serves as financial assistant, but has previously served as assistant to Pastor Estep and office manager. She left her full-time position in 2014 in order to be able to spend time with her grandson, Silas.
Linda and her husband, Mike, have two grown children. Their daughter, Becky, and her husband, Chad, and their son, Silas, live in the KC area. Their son, Philip, and his wife, Terry, live in Tampa, Florida. I
Ron is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University. After further studies in photography and motion picture he moved to Kansas City in 1984 to begin employment with Media Services for the Church of the Nazarene Headquarters.
When he arrived in Kansas City, friends from college invited him to KCFC. He quickly became involved in the life and ministries of the Church. He served on the Church Board, Buildings and Properties, Permanent Facilities and Technology Committees. Also serving as chairman of those committees.
Ron met his wonderful wife Sharon (who grew up attending KCFC) in a Sunday School class they both attended. They were married in 1989 in the Sanctinasium where the church worshipped at the time.
Ron enjoys morning walks with Sharon and their puppy, Emme. In his spare time he can be found outdoors (especially the mountains of Idaho), spending time with friends and working on things around the house. He also continues to work in photography and video.