Meet Our Staff

Meet our Staff

The staff at Second Baptist Church offers our faith community a wide variety of backgrounds, education, skills, passions, and gifts.  The team has one thing in common: a love of Christ and serving Him. Click on the links below and read a short message from each of them and get to know us a little better. Additionally, you can send a message to any of them by clicking on the email link next to their name.

Ministry Team


    Jason Edwards       |       Senior Pastor       |       Email 

Emmitt Drumgoole | Pastoral Resident, Beginning August 19, 2019

We are happy to announce that, after a thorough search and interview process, Emmitt Drumgoole will become our first Pastoral Resident, beginning August 19, 2019. 

As a reminder: In August of 2018, our church voted to hire a Pastoral Resident to serve for two to three years as part of our commitment to becoming a teaching congregation. Emmitt will spend focused time during his residency learning to be a Senior Pastor as he gains experience in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, administration, and congregational organization. Emmitt will also be given opportunities to lead in baptisms, weddings, funerals, family dedications, communion, and various other pastoral duties, as well as coordinate care ministries for our congregation.

We are excited about this opportunity to serve and learn with Emmitt as he becomes a part of our ministry team and church.

Emmitt comes to us from Baylor University where he currently serves as a Resident Chaplain. He will graduate from Truett Seminary in August of 2019 with a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Science in Education degree from Baylor. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stephen F Austin State University in December of 2005 and is listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Emmitt spent seven years teaching in classrooms in Texas and held several positions in ministry as he pursued his Master's degrees. He is from Houston, TX, and is married to Kristen,
a case manager at The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco and part-time faculty member in the Diana Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.

In anticipation of our shared ministry, Emmitt offered these words:

"We are excited about our future at Second Baptist and for the wonderful possibilities that await us. It has been our desire to follow God’s leading, and are thankful that we will share the next few years of life, community, and ministry with you. We will continue to pray for Second Baptist, the leadership team, and the Liberty community as we look to begin this new journey in August."

We look forward to welcoming Emmitt and Kristen. May we ready ourselves to be a community of grace and growth for them, and for the ways God wants us to learn from them as well.


  Connie McNeill     |     Associate Pastor of Administration and Discipleship       |       Email


    Charles Smith     |      Associate Pastor for Students       |       Email


Chip Handrich    |    Associate Pastor of Worship & Music       |       Email


  Gwen Phillips       |       Children's Pastor       |       Email


Linda Greason       |      Kitchen Coordinator   |       Email

  Kim Halfhill |      Engagement Director     |       Email

 Charlie Hughes   |     Interim Senior Adult Ministries Coordinator    |     Email

  Karen Rogers   |       Interim Missions Coordinator   |       Email

Support Staff

Ellen Gregory Ministry Assistant for Computer Support M, W, 9:30 - 4:30 Email
Janet Hill Ministry Assistant for Communications and Marketing Support  M - F, 9 - 2   Email
Karri George  Ministry Assistant for Office Support T, W, Th, 8:30 - 4:30 Email
Dawn Thurlo Erkmann Ministry Assistant for Congregational Support M, W, F, 8:30 - 4:30 Email
Ken Slater Custodial and Maintenance Staff M, T, Th, F, Sun, 8:30 - 4:30 Email
 Second Friends Preschool

Becky Gossett and
Suzie Goertz

Co-Directors - Second Friends Preschool 816-781-3882 Email

 Volunteer Staff Members

  Cathy Baker Director of Hospitality Email
  Larry Gregory Property Manager Email
  Ryan Dickson Equipping Ministry Director Email


    Mike Lassiter       |        Associate Pastor Emeritus     |       Email