Our Staff

We have a staff that is dedicated and passionate about ministry.

  • Kevin Hibbs - Senior Pastor

    Kevin was raised in Escondido, California and came to know Jesus as a senior in high school. While in college Kevin worked at a Christian summer camp where he met his wife Brenda. 3 years later they were married and working full time at that same camp. In the fall of 2008, Kevin and his family moved to Independence as he took on the role of Youth and Family Pastor here at the church. In 2015 they headed back to California where Kevin served at another a Christian camp for 8 years before returning to First Baptist Independence as the Senior Pastor at the end of 2023. Kevin is thrilled to be back in the Midwest and excited to proclaim the goodness and glory of Christ with the body of believers at First Baptist. Kevin and Brenda have 5 children, Richie, Audrey, Zech, Leslie, and Eli.

  • Jeremy Alford - Family Pastor

    Jeremy was raised in Independence, KS since he was in kindergarten. After college he moved back to be close to family and reconnect with First Baptist Independence. In 2015, he started working part-time with the youth. One year later he accepted a full-time position as family pastor. His desire is to see children and youth come to know Christ as their savior and develop into mature, gospel-driven believers. He and his wife Kendra have three children; Leah, Maggie and Noah. They enjoy board games, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Barby Brown - Pastoral Assistant

    Barby spent most of her childhood and adult life in Bartlesville, OK. She moved to Kansas in 2012 and has been a member with First Baptist since 2018. She is an assessed Bible study leader with Precept ministries and was commissioned as a Colson Fellow with the 2023 class. She has been a volunteer in Adventure Club since it started and loves the kids at FBI. She desires to support and assist the parents at FBI in discipling their kids so that the next generation will be Biblically literate and follow hard after Christ. She started as Financial Assistant in 2022 and as Pastoral Assistant in January 2023. She has been married to Scott for 40 years! They have to grown sons and six precious grandkids.