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Meet Ashton

Ashton Wells is one of two new interims for Student Ministry at Second Baptist.  

Learn a little more about Ashton from her bio below...

Ashton started attending Second Baptist Church while she was a student up the hill at William Jewell College.  She was an active part of the college ministry and was a youth intern for Second Baptist during the summer of 2012. She graduated from William Jewell with a BA in Nonprofit Leadership, French, and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry.

After being an intern, she couldn't leave the student ministry and decided to stay on as a volunteer. She is currently working on her Masters of Divinity at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in the Create program and is serving as co-interim of the student ministry.  She loves ice cream, coffee, and the Missouri Tigers.

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Update from the Obiejes in Nigeria

This is an email from the Obiejes with the latest developments in Nigeria.  He and Christiana were members of Second Baptist while he attended seminary in Kansas City.  He then worked for the Nigeria Baptist Convention when he returned.  Second Baptist has supported them in many ways and last year funded, through Catalyst, our 20th water well through Israel’s personal ministry.         

“We feel compelled to inform you of certain developments and plans concerning our safety in view of the escalating Boko haram Islamists danger in Nigeria.

Perhaps you would have learned last Wednesday of an assassination attempt on the life of a former military leader by the deadly Islamists, which would have thrown the whole country into a turmoil had it succeeded. Though he escaped, which was a big relief for all of us, hundreds of people died in that attack. The group vowed to continue to go after him, while stepping up its campaign of killings, which target key Christian pastors and political leaders among others.    

For our safety, one of the missionaries based in the neighboring Benin Republic has arranged for us to visit the country, and apply for a Canadian visa to visit Canada to avoid being caught up in the menace, at least in the meantime. Canada welcomes people who try to escape from Boko haram insurgency in Nigeria.   

The situation is even compounded with the recent arrest of 450 boko haram members in the south and the forth coming political elections in February next year, which the Islamists vowed to disrupt violently unless all the presidential candidates were Muslims. The worry here is that the government continues to show increasing incompetence in dealing with the situation, while the group is rapidly penetrating all parts of the country.    

Having been involved in mission work and church planting all over the country for several years, we fear for our lives as the terrorists continue to penetrate the south and have all the information of Christian leaders.  

 This is the situation now, and this new plan could happen in the next three weeks or so. We covet your prayers for our country and for us.”   

Israel, Christiana and George Obieje    

Posted by Terri Soper at Monday, August 11, 2014

24-month Catalyst Ministry Plan :: from Pastor Jason

Thank you so much for your investment in our 24-month Catalyst Ministry Plan. Because of your generous commitment to God through Second Baptist Church, we’ve taken important steps these last several months and have seen significant growth in our shared ministry here at Second Baptist Church, around the K.C. Metro Region, and throughout our world. From meaningful worship, to the spiritual growth of so many children and adults, to gospel-shaped service happening in Haiti, South Dakota, Liberty, and around the globe through 2BC mission partnerships and the Send Initiative, it’s so encouraging and beautiful to know each dollar we give supports such an incredible variety of ministries.  As I reflect on all of it (so much more than I’ve mentioned here), I am so appreciative of your generosity.


Looking forward, I want to encourage you to continue in generous faithfulness. We have much to celebrate, but in the midst of our celebration we are also mindful of projects, debt retirement goals, and other important ministry commitments that have yet to be fulfilled. Currently, we are behind the pace we set for ourselves when we pledged our 24-month Catalyst ministry plan in November of 2012. We have taken important steps forward together, but in order for us to finish Catalyst strong, each of us has to choose to finish strong. And remember, our Catalyst initiative ends on October 31 of this year.


What might you do between now and then to ensure a completion to our 24-month Catalyst plan that all of us can celebrate?


With love, gratitude, encouragement, and hope…



Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, August 6, 2014