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Pastoral Staff

Tiger Pennington, Senior Pastor

Tiger truly enjoys every aspect of communicating the amazing good news about the person of Jesus. He enthusiastically invites people into the experiential world of Jesus, to meet Jesus for the first time or to meet the “Jesus I never knew.” Tiger believes grasping how much Jesus loves and accepts us allows every precious human being to discover their worth in His eyes and through His sacrifice. 

Tiger and his wife Cynthia are approaching their 30th wedding anniversary. They have two children, daughter Kristi and son T.J.  Kristi is married to Fadil Rexhepi and enjoys her journey to be a registered nurse and the essential role of being “Mom,” to her two step-children. T.J. is in high school, is an avid golfer and the resident household technology and computer expert. Cynthia is an NICU nurse, a personal wellness coach and a lover of horses. 

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Sara Gordon, Associate Pastor-Children

Sara spent 9 years teaching Kindergarten in the Park Hill School District, then two years after that as a full-time mom. In 2014, God began speaking to Sara's heart about the calling He had for her life and how He planned to use her educational training and experiences in working with children and families, right here at FBCNKC! For Sara, FBCNKC has been home for her family through 4 generations! She has two children of her own, so she is always aware of the impact that our Children's Ministry has not only on the heart of a child, but also on the daily walk of each child's family. Sara believes in making every second count with children by intentionally laying a spiritual foundation that will allow children to easily accept Jesus Christ savior. Weekly programming provides a balance between high-energy activities to elicit curiosity, prayer, purposeful moments of worship and small group settings for discipleship and relationships with Christian mentors and church family can begin. Sara has never met a stranger! She loves her full-time job as mommy, reading and cooking.  

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Mike Parrett, Associate Pastor-Education

Our small groups' guy is Mike Parrett. He is on mission to connect people with Christ and other believers. He believes that small groups are a great way to experience Jesus Christ and life together. Mike is a long-time member of FBC and serves as a bi-vocational minister, working part of the time as an instructor at Kansas City Kansas Community College and part of the time as our associate pastor of education. Mike and his wife, Linda, are healthcare providers who organize medical missions to Southeast Asia. They love traveling, meeting people and serving others. One of their favorite traditions is family vacations at the beach and now they take them with their grandchildren.

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Spencer Stith, Associate Pastor-Missions

Spencer serves part-time as our Associate Pastor of Missions. He has been a member of FBC since childhood and loves books, music and films. He has traveled to over 35 countries and has worked with several nonprofits over the years including stints with students, immigrants and low-income communities in urban Boston; with war refugees in Mali; in outreach and church planting for 7 years in Bulgaria with the IMB; directing the international activities of the American Academy of Family Physicians for 3 years and directing faculty development and the global scholars network for the International Institute for Christian Studies for 4 years. He is currently working on a PhD in nonprofit leadership at Eastern University. He also holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the University of Kansas. His wife, Leslie, is a hospital chaplain for Heartland Health in St. Joseph and Saint Luke's East Hospital in Lee's Summit. Together they have two children - Emmanuelle (third grade) and Ian (preschool). Emma loves to read and is involved in Ballet North and ACT One, a local Christian youth theater. Ian loves music, superheroes and Star Wars.

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Tom Wideman, Associate Pastor-Worship & Senior Adults

Tom Wideman began his ministry in music and worship here at FBCNKC back in 1980 when he served as Interim Minister of Music right after he graduated from William Jewell College. He and his wife, Sally, who grew up here, went on to serve in full-time ministry in 5 other churches over the next three decades before returning home. They have a daughter, Jolee who is married to Jared Miller and mother of Kaden and Kaiah; and a son Andrew, who is married to Dena and father of Brooklyn Rose. Tom leads the music and worship for the Classic worship service and supports the Senior Adult ministry. Tom’s vision for the music and worship ministry is to use music and the arts to glorify God, encourage believers and reach seekers. 

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