Elders

  • Joshua Hedger

    Pastor of Teaching and Leadership

    Hedger (as most call him) is one of the founding pastors of Emmaus Church and currently serve as the Pastor of Teaching and Leadership. 
    He has been married to Tish since 2005 and they are the proud parents of an adopted daughter and a biological son. 
    Joshua has served in pastoral ministry since 2001 and has also spent significant time overseas as a missionary in West Africa. 
    He enjoys fishing, watching the Chiefs and Royals, smoking cigars, feasting with friends, and spending time with his family. 


  • Tyler Greene

    Pastor of Liturgy and Teaching

    Tyler has been serving the church in vocational ministry since 2012. He and his family moved to Kansas City from Southwest Missouri to join Emmaus at the start of 2022. He serves as the church's Pastor of Liturgy and Teaching. Tyler has been married to Erin since 2009 and together they have four kids. He is also a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, single-origin coffee, and a good hang.


  • Matthew Barrett

    Elder

    Matthew is an Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the Executive Editor of Credo Magazine. 

    Matthew and his family have been members at Emmaus Church since 2018. 

    He serves as a Community Group leader and an Emmaus Kids teacher, as well as providing numerous theological resources for the people of Emmaus. 

    Matthew is married to Elizabeth and they have 4 children. 

    He is also the author of a number of books, including; Simply Trinity, Salvation by Grace, 40 Questions About Salvation, and None Greater. 

  • Ben Klar

    Pastor of Groups

    Ben serves Emmaus as a lay elder and the Director of Groups. Ben has been married to Kayla since 2007 and they have two children. He works for a local Kansas City software company and has completed the Emmaus Pastoral Residency. Before coming to Emmaus, Ben pastored for five years at a small church near Dallas. He enjoys camping, road trips, relaxing on the front porch, and tinkering with all things mechanical.




  • Patrick Schreiner
    Pastor of Teaching and Family Ministry

    Patrick serves Emmaus as a lay elder and the Director of Family Ministry. He has been married to Hannah since 2008 and they have four children. He teaches New Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and also pastored in Portland Oregon for five years. He enjoys reading, writing, nature, the mountains, the Vikings/Chiefs, the Royals, a good local restaurant, avoids places like Applebees and Cracker Barrel like the plague, and is mediocre at most any sport.


  • ADAM SANDERS

    Elder, Director of Men's Minsitry

    A science teacher by vocation, Adam serves Emmaus through pastoral care, teaching, counseling, and prayer.  Adam has his M.Div from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Adam also trained for pastoral ministry in the Emmaus Pastoral Residency as part of our first class of residents.  Adam serves as a community group leader and gives oversight to our men's ministry. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been at Emmaus since our first Sunday. Adam and Elizabeth have three beautiful children.


  • Joseph Lanier

    Elder, Director of Emmaus Institute

    Joseph serves Emmaus as a lay elder and the Director of the Emmaus Institute. Joseph and his wife, Kristen, have been married since 2016 and have two children, Ingrid and Titus. He is a Ph.D. student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the Emmaus Pastoral Residency. He enjoys reading, Kansas basketball, walks with family, and all things fly-fishing.


Leadership


  • Jon Woods

    WORSHIP LEADER


  • Tabitha rainwater

    Kids Director


  • Ashlyn Stone

    Kids Manager


  • Matt and Emily Tippin

    Hospitality DirectorS


  • Shawn Cantrell

    Production Director


  • Laura Campbell

    Communications Director


  • Ruthie Cantrell

    Volunteer and Events Manager


  • Garrett Kramer

    Facilities manager


  • Collin Campbell

    Global Outreach Coordinator


  • Hannah Schreiner

    Women's Director


  • SEAN STONE

    STUDENT DIRECTOR