In 1990, Steve Dighton became the founding Pastor of Lenexa Baptist Church. He was the Senior Pastor of Lenexa Baptist Church until his retirement in March, 2015. He now serves as LBC’s Pastor Emeritus. Prior to coming to Lenexa, he was the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Piedmont, Oklahoma. Pastor Steve received his education at Dallas Baptist University and holds two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Baker University.
His wife, Mary Dighton, is a dentist. She spent several years in private practice in Lenexa. The Dighton’s have two sons, Chase and Derek, who both attend Lenexa Baptist. Steve and Mary also have four grandchildren, Cooper, Allison, Johnathan and Crusoe.
Steve was raised in a Christian home so it is not surprising that he gave his heart to Jesus when he was only 9-years-old while at a church camp in southern Oklahoma. When he was 25-years-old, he rededicated his life to Christ. That decision was a pivotal point in his walk with the Lord.
Before his call to the ministry, Pastor Steve enjoyed a career in the men’s clothing business. But, while serving as a Deacon and a Sunday School teacher at his home church, First Baptist of Ada, Oklahoma, he began to feel God’s call to full time service. The Dighton family then moved to Fort Worth, Texas, so that Steve could follow God’s leading and attend seminary. Since that time God has confirmed that calling in many ways.
Pastor Steve is an example of “servant leadership” to the members of Lenexa Baptist Church as I Kings 12:7 says:
“If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”
It is Pastor Steve’s prayer that through the teaching and preaching of the inerrant Word of God we will continue to develop spiritual maturity as a church body.
Pastor Steve’s God-given vision for Lenexa Baptist Church is that we would become the “flagship conservative evangelical church” in Kansas City, taking the gospel to the surrounding community (our “Jerusalem”), while spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to the world through our mission endeavors.