Here is our leadership teams for Independence First Church, Axis Church, and our Hispanic Church
Hello, I’m Todd, the new kid on the block. I am the Head Pastor and I started January 1st of 2020. My areas of ministry at Indy First involve teaching, preaching, discipleship, leadership development and administration. My wife Gail and I have one married daughter, Megan, who lives in Southern California. Go Sooners!
Children's Pastor/Video Pastor
Hi my name is Chace. I am the Children's Pastor, and the Video Pastor here at the First Church of the Nazarene. I grew up in Caney, Ks, and declared Christ as my savior in College. I graduated from Coffeyville Community College & MidAmerica Nazarene University, and been serving since 2018. Recently married to my lovely wife Hannah as of July 2019.
Administration/ Axis Leadership Team
Hello, I am Pastor Bill. I joined the staff at Indy First Church in 2008 as a part time youth director. In 2010 I became the full-time youth pastor. I completed my course of studies and was ordained, and became the Associate Pastor. My wife Emmi and I have 3 children and love serving on staff here.
My name is Erin Shelton and I have been the worship leader for the Independence First Church of the Nazarene for 11 years. I do not have a ministry degree, but I have played the piano or sang in church since I was 5! I am also the full-time band director here in Independence, teaching grades 6-12. My husband, Brian and I have been married for 18 years and we have three children Abby, Eli, and Caleb who was born this past June. We love our church and it’s a joy serving as the worship leader.
I'm Cory, I graduated form MNU in 2008 with a double bachelors in Ministry and Bible and Theology. In 2014, I graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Master in Divinity. I am an ordained Elder in the church of the Nazarene, and serve as a bi-vocational staff member who works for the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal. In my free time, I enjoy working on the remodeling of my house or playing pickleball.
Harold & Linda Groth
Hello I'm Harold Groth, I was raised in the Church of the Brethren where I was baptized as a youth. In 1999, I received my ordination, and proceeded to enter full time ministry. I served with my wife Linda in McCune Kansas until retiring in 2010. We then moved to Independence and started attending the Nazarene Church at the time. In March of 2018, my wife and I began to tag team with the Visitation Ministry. In 2019, I received my ordination with the Church of the Nazarene. My wife Linda and I have been married for 53 years, and have been blessed with two married sons and four grandchildren.
Hello I am Vicki Reed. My family and I started attending the Independence Nazarene Church eight years ago. The minute we walked through the doors, we could sense God’s presence, and we having been serving here ever since then. I am on a rotation for Kid’s Club nursery, and the rotation for providing meals at our sister church: Axis.
My name is Mandy Smith. I am the office manage over at Quality Motors, and have worked there for 20 years. I have two children, Kallie and Lucas. We have been members of Indy Naz for 5 years. I am the NYI president and also a teen sponsor. I am also currently a parent delegate for the Joplin District NYI.
I have been in the church 70 years, and a member for 52 years. I have served everywhere in the church with teaching Sunday School, Caravans, VBS, and at the present am the NMI President for my 9th year. I also teach a ladies bible study on Tuesday, and have served on the board on and off for over 27 years.
Waneta has recently became our SDMI Superintendent.
Her biography is on its way.
Along with Pastor Bill from the First Church.
Axis Leadership Team
My name is Hannah Risner and I am a mother of four great kids. I serve as a Pastor at Axis Church and a mentor. I have a heart for women's ministries and loving the underdog through their walk with Christ. My favorite Bible verse is all of Isaiah 54 because I love God's promise for forgiveness and renewal to all who seek Him. "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed".
My name is Denina Journot. I have been serving as the Worship Leader and Music Coordinator at AXIS for going on 2 years. I also serve on the praise and worship team for the past 4 years at the First Church. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have 3 children, 1 dog and 3 cats. I feel so blessed that God has chosen me to give these gifts that God has so graciously handed to me to lead His people into the presence of God! It’s an honor and a blessing to be apart of AXIS church and watch how God moves amongst his people.
My name is Josh Mitchell. The LORD has blessed my wife and I with the opportunity to be the lead pastors with the Hispanic Church Plant here in the Independence First Church of the Nazarene. I have served as one of the bilingual pastors for about a year and a half now, although I have served in various other roles several years prior. I studied at the Rio Grande Bible Institute, which is where I met my wife.
Hispanic Children's Pastor
Hello this is Zurisadai Mitchell, and I’m from Cuba. I grew up in a Christian home, and then studied at the Rio Grande Bible Institute where I met my husband Josh. I have been part of the Nazarene Church for 2 years, and just this last year received my District License. I serve as the kid’s pastor at the Hispanic church, and Josh and I have 2 children of our own Esther and Elizabeth.