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

David Henneke

Senior Pastor

In June of 2012 my family and I moved to Independence, KS so that I can serve as pastor to First Baptist Church of Independence. We are all grateful for the path that brought us here and we remain excited about what God will do through us as a family, church and community. What I am so thankful for is that God has granted me the unquenchable desire to help people grow into mature Christians. When considering the cost that Christ paid on my behalf I have been left with the reality that I exist to glorify God in all I do and to lead others into an intimate relationship with Him.                                        email David


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