Administrative board

Debbie Sherard, Moderator

Carol Pittman, Vice Moderator

Janet Pullen, Treasurer

Ron Johnson, Secretary

Erin York, At-Large Member

Brian Kirk
Lead pastor

Brian is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

A native of Jefferson City, Missouri, Brian has a master of divinity degree, as well as degrees in psychology and education.

He has served as pastor at churches in Missouri and Illinois and taught as adjunct faculty at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

Brian is a published curriculum writer and co-author of Missional Youth Ministry (2011, Harper Collins).

He currently serves on the local boards of the St. Joseph Public Library and Faith in Action. He is president of Community Missions and is secretary of the board of the local PFLAG chapter.

Brian’s husband, Johnathan, is an arts educator and co-caretaker of their dog companions, Charlie and Tiki.


Beth Ranner McLenaghan
Director of music ministry

Beth is a St. Joseph native who studied vocal performance, piano performance and theater at Missouri Western University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She is best known as a voice and piano teacher, and as accompanist/music director for musical theater across the greater Kansas City area and for several area schools.

She has also been a dedicated church musician her entire life, and she has served as everything from organist and choir director to staff vocal soloist with the Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland.

Beth loves gardening at the family farm with her pal, Sneaky Pete the Wonder Dog, or debating with friends over game night with her husband, Hugh, and working with the amazing students in her piano and voice studio.

Kenny Crawford
Church and office administrator

When you call the church office, you will probably hear the friendly voice of Kenny Crawford.  

Kenny keeps our church office organized and running smoothly. When not at church, Kenny serves as the director of the Grand River Harmony Acapella Chorus and is active with the planning team for our local Pride festival.  

Kenny and husband, Miles, and their family are also active members of First Christian.   

You can find Kenny in the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.