We are pleased to announce that all ten of our nominees for Lay Elder were overwhelmingly approved by Blue Valley Baptist at our Annual Meeting held on Sunday, August 27, with each nominee receiving at least 95.93% affirmation. Be in prayer for these men as they join with our vocational elders in shepherding our church.
Mike and his family have been members of Blue Valley for almost 30 years. During that time, Mike has served in just about every way imaginable in our church. Currently, Mike serves as our treasurer, as well as a deacon, finance team member, and occasional substitute teacher in adult and preschool Sunday School. Mike surrendered to follow Jesus during a revival in Humboldt, Kansas in 1980 and was baptized at First Baptist Pittsburg, KS while in college. Mike attends the Antioch campus, along with his wife, Marilyn. His daughter and son-in-law, Kelsey and Jonathan Ferkel also attend the Antioch campus. His son, Adam, and wife Brianna attend the Ridgeview campus, where Adam is the Operations and Outreach associate. Mike works for Honeywell in Olathe.
Jack Canady came to Blue Valley in 2008 after a lifetime of vocational ministry. Having served numerous churches as pastor, Jack spent the last 11 years of his vocational ministry life serving as the CEO for Village Missions, which works to keep the church a vibrant and vital presence in over 230 rural communities in the USA and Canada. Since arriving at Blue Valley, Jack (or Pastor Jack as his class calls him) has led the Retired Sunday School class on the Antioch Campus. As their teacher, he has been an active ministry presence in their lives. Jack came to Christ as a 19 year old and is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute & Bryan College.
Jim and Pam Canady became a part of the Blue Valley family in 2008 and have been deeply involved in ministry ever since. Jim has served in the preschool ministry, helped in VBS, and taught adult Sunday School. Jim currently serves as the chairman of deacons and as a teacher in the GAP Young Adult class at the Antioch campus, where the Canadys attend. Jim was led to faith by his father, Jack, and followed in his footsteps by serving in vocational ministry for many years in Nebraska and Oregon and served as a vocational elder during that time. Jim is currently employed by Waddell and Reed.
The Chastain family has been a fixture at Blue Valley Baptist Church for decades with Kirk playing a key role during a significant times of transition in our church. Kirk gained deep respect for his steady presence during the time of conflict our church experienced 12 years ago. Kirk has served in a variety of roles at Blue Valley, including longstanding service in AWANA and as a deacon; with multiple terms as deacon chairman. Kirk has also taught Sunday School and delivered children’s sermons during children’s worship. Kirk surrendered to follow Jesus at the age of 6 at First Baptist Church in Raytown, where he was baptized. Kirk and his wife, Julie, are owners/operators of Robek’s, a smoothie and healthy food store in Overland Park, and attend the Antioch Campus.
Brian began attending Blue Valley in 2001 and became a member in 2002 with his wife Erin shortly after they were married. Brian surrendered to follow Jesus as Savior at the age of 7 while attending Tyler Road Southern Baptist Church in Wichita, but points to a time in his early twenties when he began earnestly committing to his faith. While at Blue Valley, he has served as a Sunday School teacher to preschoolers, students, and adults and has also served as a deacon. Brian recently graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies; a degree he began pursuing while considering a call to missions. Though an opportunity to serve overseas never materialized as they had hoped, the Hanks have engaged in missions locally through Mission Adelante. Brian works as a Lead Environmental Engineer at Foth Infrastructure and Environment and attends the Antioch Campus. He is married to Erin and has four children: Aidan (13), Ella (11), and twins, Liam and Reese (8).
Jeff Herman and his wife, Sheril, joined Blue Valley in the fall of 2008. Jeff immediately began serving as an adult Sunday School teacher, taking a list of folks who weren’t connected to Sunday School and tenaciously pursuing them to attend his new class. He and Sheril sat at an empty table on Sunday mornings for many weeks at Sunset Ridge Elementary, where several Sunday School classes met before the purchase of the Annex, and prayed for folks to come. In short order, Jeff was teaching one of the largest classes at Blue Valley and was one of our most beloved teachers. Jeff and Sheril came to Christ as young adults while Jeff was in the Navy and were discipled by one of Jeff’s fellow sailors and his wife. Prior to coming to Blue Valley, Jeff served many years as an elder with preaching responsibilities at the church they attended. Jeff is self-employed as a business consultant with J. Herman Consulting. The Herman’s attend the Ridgeview campus with their daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Job Criger.
Ryan Hudnall joined Blue Valley in 1999 as a teenager and his been active in our church since that time. Ryan has served as a Sunday School teacher for preschool, students, and adults since 2008, taught Sunday night discipleship classes, has served in a variety of committees in church life; and even served as the interim youth pastor in the summer of 2004. Ryan surrendered his life to follow Jesus in January 1991 and was baptized at First Southern Baptist Church in Liberal, KS. Ryan and his wife, Sadye, both work at The Global Orphan Project, which is a Christian, global, nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for local children and families in crisis. The Hudnalls attend the Antioch campus.
Wai Lee and his family came to Blue Valley during a partnership our church formed with a local Chinese church in 2013. When that church merged with a larger Chinese church a few years later, the Lees stayed behind and joined Blue Valley. Since coming to Blue Valley, Wai has served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and helped in our student ministry. Wai came to Christ from atheism as a college student and immediately began to be discipled by other believers, which led him to serve in a variety of ways in local Chinese churches over the years. Wai works for Garmin in Olathe and his wife, Olive, is a stay at home mom to Eunice, Esther, Sarah, Caleb, and John. The Lee Family attends the Antioch campus.
Jeremy and his wife, Mary, began attending Blue Valley Baptist when they moved to the area in 2008 and joined shortly thereafter. Since that time, Jeremy and Mary have been blessed to add three children to their family (Hannah, Jonathan, and Jackson). The Murphys became deeply involved with the church immediately upon joining. While at Blue Valley, Jeremy has worked with the preschool ministry and student ministry, taught adult Sunday School, and served as a deacon. Jeremy began following Jesus at a Christmas Eve service in 1995 and was baptized shortly thereafter. The Murphys attend the Antioch campus and Jeremy works for Honeywell in KCMO.
Cris became a part of the Blue Valley family when the church he served as an elder, the former Fellowship Baptist Church, merged with Blue Valley in 2014. Cris was instrumental in the merger discussions and has been active in ministry at Blue Valley since day 1 of the merger. He has served Blue Valley as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, Sunday evening Bible study leader, and finance team member. He is also active in discipling young men in our church. Cris came to Christ at Wyatt Park Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO in 1968. Cris and his wife, Mary Anne, have three grown children, but were led to add three additional children to their family (Katie, Kelsey, and Caleb) by adoption. Cris works at Central Bank of the Midwest.