Leadership and Staff

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  • Adam Carter, LEAD Pastor

    Adam became Lead Pastor on May 31, 2015, after completing his Pastoral Residency at Wornall Road Baptist Church through the North American Mission Board. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his B.A. in Church Ministries from Maranatha Baptist University. After college, Adam served as a Minister to Students for four years and has a heart to see people of all ages glorifying God together. Adam enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Marilane, and their three children.

  • Jason Franklin, Worship Pastor

    Jason joined the Leawood Baptist Church family in September of 2017. He earned his B.A. in Fine Arts Ministry from California Baptist University and his M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Biola University. Jason and his family served churches in California, Nebraska, and Colorado before joining us in the Kansas City area.

  • Crystal Friend, Children's Ministry & Preschool/PDO Director

    Crystal came on board at Leawood Baptist in May 2018 as the Children's Ministry Director and Preschool/PDO Director. She has a background in Elementary Education and has taught English as a Second Language for schools in Kansas and Nebraska. Crystal’s personal walk with the Lord has been influenced by a variety of church children’s and youth programs which lead her to work with children in a faith based environment.

  • Linda Keller, Financial Secretary

    Linda has been a member of LBC since 1991. She has filled many roles at the church and is currently serving on the Finance & Stewardship Team and as LBC's Financial Secretary.  She brings with her years of experience as an Engineering Administrative Assistant with Massman Construction in Kansas City, Mo. 

  • Sheryl Shankles, Administrative Assistant

    Sheryl and her husband, Gary, lived in North Carolina for most of their married life. They have two grown sons, one of which still lives there with his family. They moved to Kansas City from Utah, where they sought to minister to former Mormons in the area. Sheryl is very glad to be serving God together with us.

  • Roxanne Adrian, Instrumentalist

    Roxanne began her position as a pianist at LBC in October 2007. She attended Baptist Bible College and Southwestern Missouri State University in Springfield, where she received her Master of Arts in Music Education with Honor Diploma for Piano.  For 10 years, she taught in the music department at Baptist Bible College. Following that, she was on staff of Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas, for 15 years.

Revitalization Residency

The Revitalization Residency is an internship designed to help prospective church leaders explore their vocational calling, be equipped for pastoral ministry, be exposed to church revitalization & replanting, and engage in missional living. The residency is a twelve month program, beginning in September and ending in August of the following year. The residency consists of 3 distinct experiences: Resident Gatherings, Participation in Leadership Meetings, and involvement in ministry at Leawood Church.


For more information, or to apply to the program, please contact our Lead Pastor, Adam Carter

  • Stephen Ellison

    Stephen hales from Birmingham, AL and graduated from Samford University in May of 2018. In August of 2018 he began his studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and joined LBC as a Timothy Track intern. He is concurrently enrolled in LBCs Revitalization Residency. 

  • Michael Fitzgerald

    Michael earned a B.A. in Bible and Theology from Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, AL. In August of 2017 he joined the Leawood Baptist Church family as a Timothy Track intern from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Following the completion of his internship he transitioned into LBC’s Revitalization Residency.