Jeremy Alford
Student Ministry Leader

After 7 years away from Independence, I moved back in 2015 out of a love for family and this community. I am thankful for the opportunity this church and many others gave me during my 9 years of youth leadership and music volunteer work. As the vice-president of a campus ministry I began to realize my desire and strengths in leading Christian’s deeper into God’s word and understanding how God wants to manifest himself in their lives. Daily I continue to find satisfaction, purpose and fulfillment as I strive to make less of myself and more of God. It is this reality that I hope to share with the youth through living our lives together in community while learning and teaching God’s word.                                                                                                    email Jeremy



Lance Wilson

Pastoral Assistant

I was raised in Independence, KS. Growing up I rarely went to Church or had anything to do with the Bible, or Christians. In 2001 I began to attend the Wednesday night youth group here at First Baptist Church with a couple of friends. In 2004, due to the constant pull from my youth leaders at the time, I attended a youth conference called Planet Wisdom. It was in this place, that God opened my eyes to see the Gospel as the beautiful and gracious gift that it is. I attended First Baptist throughout High School and my first year of college. After that I went away for college, where I was involved with a local church and campus ministry, becoming a youth leader, and eventually a Sunday School teacher. In 2014, I felt God calling me back to Independence and He lovingly provided me an opportunity to serve at my hometown church.           email Lance