All Are Welcome
We hope for you to feel accepted & welcome. We don’t pressure or judge; we invite and encourage.
Christ invites us to gather together to worship God in the midst of the Holy Spirit. We seek an energizing and compelling experience during this hour of worship!
Jesus calls us to serve one another, just as he humbled himself to serve those around him. Service looks like a lot of different things, from serving in our church, to in our community here in Kansas City, to a community in Guatemala.
From short studies to kickball tourneys, Good Shepherd offers so many ways to connect with others. The connection we share as the family of Christ grounds us in all we do!
Come on in!
No matter how you arrive at Good Shepherd—as one trying to figure out who Jesus is or as a long-time follower—we want to help you take the next step in your relationship with God. We hope to offer a worship service that is energizing and compelling in a come-as-you-are atmosphere. We offer programming for adults, youth, and kids.
Take a look at our 2018-2020 strategic plan here!
Mark was born and raised in St. Louis, with school stops at Mizzou (BA in Psychology), Chicago (Master of Divinity) and Los Angeles (Doctorate in Youth, Family and Culture). He’s served churches for nine years in Chicago, Farmington and St. Louis, before being appointed to Good Shepherd in the summer of 2011. Ordained in 2008, Mark loves watching lives transform as they find the joy of following Christ and give their life away to Him.
Favorite things about Kansas City
The laid-back pace of life, the BBQ, museums, kid-friendly events and the lack of traffic.
His amazing wife Yanela and their two boys, Alejandro & Joaquin!
Favorite activities for a Friday night
Fire pit with the family/neighbors, kickball league game, Royals game, sing karaoke, night golf, build a fort in the family room, take the kids to Coco Key, date night, rent a movie…
Anything still on bucket list?
Bungee jumping, skydiving, running across America, traveling with his wife to each continent and meeting Dave Matthews!
Campus Pastor, North Oak
Bryan grew up in the Northland of Kansas City. His father was drawn to the area through his work with TWA (Trans World Airlines). After attending high school at Park Hill, Bryan graduated from Friends University with a BA in Organizational Management & Leadership and is currently working toward his Master of Divinity at St. Paul School of Theology.
Favorite things to do
When he’s not at church or school (his two favorite places), you can find Bryan taking a run through the streets of the Northland or curled up & reading in a coffee shop. He’s been married to the love of his life, Tara, for 19 years, and they have two beautiful children, Brody & Olivia. Their family dinners and frequent dance parties are some of the most enjoyable times of Bryan’s week.
Bryan is honored to be serving Good Shepherd in a pastoral role and enjoys every moment with its amazing staff who play together, work together and seek God together.
Campus Pastor, Platte County
Adam has lived in Missouri his entire life but moved around as a United Methodist Pastor’s kid. He married his wife Sarah, the love of his life, in 2008. In 2014, their son Aaron was born.Together they enjoy watching Star Trek, eating BBQ, and playing board games. Adam holds his Fantasy Football league’s only undefeated season. Adam attends Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, was licensed as a local United Methodist Pastor in 2012 and is pursing ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. Adam enjoys taking Jesus seriously without taking himself too seriously.
Sour patch kids, nutty bars, NFL football (Go Chiefs!)
Campus Pastor, Gladstone
Hey Friends, first of all, thank you so much for visiting our website! I think it is cool that you have landed here and on this particular page and reading all this probably “blah blah blah” stuff about us pastors. I struggle with what it is that I would want people to know about me, when really I think I would want you to read these words, “God Loves you so much!” And I also want you to know that I would LOVE to meet you in person. I love meeting new people and getting to know you! So, I am going to share a few things that may or may not be of interest to you, so that potentially you can have a point of connection when we do meet!
I love being in ministry at Good Shepherd. My journey here began when my husband and I moved to KC in 2000 we went through the infamous “church shopping” season, we tried many different places and denominations and when we visited Good Shepherd UMC, we knew that this was the place that we could engage in worship, serve God and felt like it was a place we belonged.