Our goal for the LBC Student Ministry is that every student be prepared to live the rest of their lives for Jesus Christ and making Him known. We want to assist families in teaching their students to learn to stand for the gospel and own their faith by being able to defend it.
Because we believe the church and family should work together to raise the next generation of Christ followers the Middle School and High School ministries are steps on the WayPoint path to spiritual maturity.
In order to tailor our programs to the needs of each age group, our ministry is structured as follows:
Brian Richardson has been the Youth Pastor at Lenexa Baptist Church since 2003. Prior to coming to Lenexa Baptist he served in three other churches as Youth Minister. Brian has two bachelor degrees from Southwest Missouri State; one in Music and one in Religious Studies. He also has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. God blessed him when he met his wife, Sharla, at his first church. They have three boys, Jordan, Jarrett, and Jace.
Brian grew up in a Christian home with parents that loved the Lord and the church. While attending a summer youth camp, he accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. Since that time, Jesus has been not only his Lord, but also his best friend. Walking with Him daily is the most fulfilling thing in his life.
Brian believes all Christians are called to be full-time ministers. While attending Super Summer in Missouri, God called him into full-time vocational ministry. God confirmed that He was calling Brian into youth ministry while he was attending Southwest Missouri State.
As the Youth Pastor at LBC, Brian’s goal is to see each student set on a path to be life-long followers of Jesus Christ. It is his prayer that they will love and follow Jesus and be a light to those who don’t know our Lord so they too can come to know Him personally. He hopes each student associated with Lenexa Baptist Church will see the youth ministry as a place of acceptance, fun, and encouragement.
Brian also serves as the Worship Pastor in our Venue Service that meets at 11:00 am every Sunday morning in the Koinonia Hall. Involving many youth and adults in leading worship he creates a youthful and worshipful environment for our more casual service.
His favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5–6:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Brian believes the answer to life is simply to trust God in all things.
Kent Hackathorn joined the Lenexa Baptist staff full time in March 2004, as the Recreation and Facilities Pastor. Kent has had the blessing of watching God use the Upward Basketball program reach the community with the gospel message. In September of 2006, Kent became the Young Families Pastor. This position included all of the children’s ministries as well as working with our young families to help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. His goal is to enhance their marriages, parenting skills and ability to impact their world for the Savior.
In November of 2008 Kent became the first Middle School Pastor at LBC. The continual growth of the church has allowed Lenexa Baptist to enjoy the benefits of having separate High School and Middle School ministries. This allows each ministry to be more effective in reaching each student at the level of their need. Pastor Kent is now an Associate Pastor at Lenexa Baptist Church. With this added responsibility he not only continues to serve as our Middle School Pastor but also provides leadership to the ministry staff, oversees the Waypoint (family) ministry and directs the pastoral intern program.
Kent has a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree in Religious studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Cindy have two children, Tavis and Kelcey and one grandson, Bentley.
Kent gave his life to Christ as a teenager at a family church camp. However, it wasn’t until after a serious motorcycle accident in his mid 20’s that he began to pursue God’s purpose for his life. Kent said, “God provided opportunities that didn’t make sense at the time, but looking back I now see how God’s hand was working to shape me for this exciting ministry position.
Jeremiah 29:11 says:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
This verse truly came to life as he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ.