Our Staff

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

  • Todd Reeder - Senior Pastor

    Todd was born and raised in Southeast Kansas, giving him a unique passion and insight to the people of the area. He has had the privilege of serving in ministry since 2007, starting as a youth ministry intern, then a pastor to students and later a lead pastor. Todd enjoys having people over for meals, building relationships and spending time with his wife Ashley and their four kids, Wyatt, Madison, Abigail and Corban. Todd loves to teach the Word of God and see how it changes people. It is his hope and prayer that Christ will be glorified by their ministry at First Baptist Independence.

  • 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 two daughters; Leah and Maggie. They enjoy board games, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Lance Wilson - Pastoral Assistant

    Lance was born in Oklahoma but raised in Independence, KS. As a child he had only been to church a handful of times with family and friends. In 2001 he began attending youth group on Wednesday nights here at First Baptist for a year or so. In 2004, after persuasion from youth leaders, he attended a youth conference called Planet Wisdom. It was there that God opened his eyes to see the Gospel for the beautiful and gracious gift that it is. He was baptized in 2005 and attended First Baptist throughout High School. In 2014, Lance returned to Independence and accepted the position of Pastoral Assistant at First Baptist. Lance enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, boardgames and coffee.