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.