Say hello to the leadership team at First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit

Ministry Staff

Blake McKinney - Lead Pastor

Blake McKinney has been our pastor since 2010. He has also served churches in Arkansas, Ohio, and Georgia. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Southern Seminary, and Fuller Seminary. Blake is married to Gayla, and they have 3 kids: Justin, Caleb, and Sarah. You can read some stuff he has written here:

"Never tell me the odds." - Han Solo

Gary Snowden - Associate Pastor

Gary Snowden has served as the associate pastor of FBCLS since September 2003. Prior to that time, Gary and his family served as missionaries in Argentina and Mexico for 16 years. Gary (originally from Texas) is married to Annetta Marie, a native of Kansas City and they have four sons: Jason, Joel, Joshua, and Jonathan. They are also the proud grandparents of Kelsey, Andrew, Nathan, and Jonah.

“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” - Jesus

Randy Buffington

Randy Buffington has been the Minister of Worship/Arts since 1993. He has served several other churches in Missouri since being called to the music ministry in 1977. Randy is a native of Missouri and received his undergraduate and graduate music degrees from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO and Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

"Improvise, adapt and overcome" - Clint Eastwood, Heartbreak Ridge

Beth Garner - Minister of Administration and Mobilization

Beth became FBC’s first Church Administrator in February 2004 and the first Minister of Administration and Mobilization in January, 2015. A farm girl at heart, she grew up on land that has been in her family for almost one hundred years, and became a Christian at a white country church on a hill. She and husband, Allen, have two grown children and several wild grandchildren

"The cure for BOREDOM is CURIOSITY. There is no cure for CURIOSITY." - Dorothy Parker

Cameron Lazièr - Minister to Students

Cam has an incredible passion to lead and guide students to Christ which makes him the perfect fit to lead the Student Ministry at FBCLS! Contact Cam here or if you want to connect more with Cam go here!

"Jesus loves you more than Kanye loves Kanye." - Cameron Lazier

Trish Frevert - Minister to Pre-Schoolers

Trish Frevert is our Minister of Preschool Children. Married her high school sweetheart, Larry, in 1980. God has blessed them with four children– Wesley, Thomas, Warren, and Lilly and five grandchildren-Anderson, Addie, Bennett, Janie, and Ella. In addition to the Preschool area, Trish works with the Women’s Ministry. Contact Trish at

“It always good to be flexible” - Trish

Support Staff

Allie Essig - Communication Director

Allie Essig is the Communications and Hospitality Coordinator at FBCLS. A self-proclaimed hippie with a deep love for all things rustic farmhouse and DIY, shiplap and all white everything seem to follow wherever she goes. She’s married to Ethan and they have two gorgeous babes, Reese Lee and Isla Mae. You can email her by clicking here.

“In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.” - Lisa T. Shepherd

Becky Morales - Children's Ministry Coordinator

Becky Morales is the interim Kid's Ministry Coordinator. She coordinates the children's ministries on both Sundays and Wednesdays. She also started and runs First Arts Academy, an arts program for Kindergartners through Sixth graders on Sunday evenings that reaches the community of Lee's Summit in a unique and wonderful way.

"Bet chya didn't know that! Huh?" - Not Becky

Debbie Whitford

Debbie is a part-time Administrative Assistant performing financial duties and providing support for ministry staff with communications needs.

“After all, tomorrow is another day” - Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind

Joni Notestein -Ministry Assitant

Joni Notestein joined our staff in 2007 and is Ministry Assistant to the Associate Pastor, Minister of Children and Minister of Preschool. She is married to John and they have 3 kids and 2 granddaughters.

"One kind word can change someone’s entire day." - Joni

Will Rogers - Facilities Manager

Will Rogers oversees the building maintenance, grounds and cleaning staff at our facility and works to provide comfortable environments for all of our church events and ministries. He also works with an amazing corps of volunteers that help with church safety, maintenance projects and landscaping. 

"The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else." - Oswald Chambers

Karen Sherman - Ministry Assistant

Karen Sherman has been working as an assistant to Worship and Administration for First Baptist Church since September of 2007. She is married to Mark and they have two beautiful teenage girls: Hannah and Sarah.  They have been members of First Baptist for 18 years. To email her, click here.

"She's the nicest person on staff." - says Everyone On Staff

Tanya Thierry - Ministry Assistant

Tanya Thierry has been attending First Baptist Church since 1961. She has had the privilege of teaching various ages in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School over the years, currently serving with the youth and young adult ministries. She began working in the church office on February 25, 2002 and is the ministry assistant to the Pastor and the Minister of Students & Recreation. You can email her by clicking here.

"Don't kill the spider!" - Tanya

Joe Markley - Technology Director

Joe Markley is the most recent addition to the FBCLS staff.

Joseph has been a network engineer for several years and is now helping run IT at FBCLS. He has a side hustle as a wedding DJ and his favorite past times include turning a wrench, riding and driving his project vehicles, and seeing how far he can push Randy before he gets in trouble. You can email him here.