Meet the men and women that make up our team at Tri-City Baptist Church.
Tim is a graduate of Northland International University with a BA in Biblical Languages. He then completed an M. Div. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a D. Min. with an emphasis on Expositing Old Testament Narrative at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored at First Baptist Church in Adrian, MN for 15 years. During that time, he also helped plant Lakefield Baptist Church, MN. He came to Tri-City Baptist Church in July of 2017 as the Senior Pastor. He has been a board member for a variety of associations. He is the director of Tri-City Baptist Missions and he actively promotes world-wide missions by teaching pastors in restricted access nations. His preaching reflects careful study and exegesis of the Bible along with practical applications of the text for our congregation. Tim and his wife, Elayna, have four children.
Ron received a Doctor of Motors certificate from Wyoming Technical Institute prior to becoming a born-again believer. After becoming a Christian, he attended Bob Jones University where he earned a B.A. in Bible and an M.A. in Bible. He completed his residency requirements for a Ph.D. in Old Testament Interpretation. At that time, he accepted a teaching position at Community Baptist Church and Christian School in South Bend, IN where he served for five years. He then accepted a professorship at Heart of America Theological Seminary teaching Theology and Biblical Languages. He taught for 14 years and transitioned into his current position as an assistant pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church. Ron and his wife, Terri, have four children and one grandchild.
Michael graduated from Northland International University with a B.A. in Biblical Languages and then completed his M.A. in Pastoral Theology at Heart of America Theological Seminary. After graduating from seminary, he pastored in Marshfield, MO for three years prior to accepting the call to become the youth pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church. Michael and his wife, Kristin, have three children.
Allen graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.M. in Cello Performance. He went on to the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned an M.M. in Cello Performance. While there, he attended Grace Church of Mentor in Mentor, OH where he became a Music Director for the first time. He then joined the Kansas City Symphony where he continues as a cellist, and he became a member of Tri-City Baptist Church. After eight years as a church musician, he accepted the Music Director position at Tri-City which he held for seven years. He was ordained as a Worship Pastor in February of 2018, and he continues to serve in this role. Allen and his wife, Andrea, have eight children.
Matt served full time for nine years as Youth Pastor and then 25 years as Associate Pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church. He was part of the college administration team at Northland International University before returning to the pastoral staff at Tri-City. He authored and co-authored two books dealing with ministry relationships and Biblical leadership. He regularly speaks throughout the country on staff relationships, leadership, and biblical worldview. For over 25 years, he has been both the Director and the Executive Director of Student Leadership Conferences. Matt and his wife, Donna, have been married for 47 years and they have five children and 18 grandchildren.
Vicki has worked as a secretary in multiple companies in Illinois prior to becoming a member at Tri-City Baptist Church. She faithfully served with her husband who was the chairman of the deacons at Tri-City for many years. She joined the secretarial team and has served in this role for over 20 years. She is a widow and has four children and seven grandchildren.
Tiffany attended Northland International University and earned a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education. She has experience in teaching Junior High and High School math, auditing, and reception work in the medical field. She joined the secretarial team in April of 2018. Tiffany and her husband, Randy, have two children.
Mike Lee attended Bowling Green State University where he earned a B.A. in Accounting. He has more than 40 years of accounting experience working with several companies, mostly at the controllership level. Mike has been the Administrative Director for Tri-City Baptist Church since May of 2013. Mike and his wife, Evy, have two daughters.
Karen Stayer attended Grace College and earned a B.S. in Secondary Science Education. She has experience in teaching advanced science classes in the public high school and has participated in curriculum revision.Since 2005, she has served in various capacities at Tri-City, including her current position as the Accounting Manager. Karen and her husband, John, have three children.
Luke graduated from Heart of America Bible College with a B.S. in Christian Education while working as a Datacenter Operations Analyst at Hallmark Cards. He worked at Hallmark Cards for 37 years and has been a member of Tri-City Baptist Church for 28 years. He joined Tri-City’s ministry team during his retirement years. Luke and his wife, Cathy, have four children, 14 grandchildren, and one dog.
Michelle attended Raytown High School and then received a Cosmetology and Instructor’s Licenses from House of Heavlin Cosmetology School. She then earned her Child Development Associate from the Council for Professional Recognition. She has over 20 years of experience as a secular preschool teacher. After serving as the Assistant Director at Tri-City Christian Early Learning Center for four years, she accepted her current position. Michelle and her husband, Darrel, have two daughters and one dog.
Katie grew up as a daughter in a third-generation pastor’s home. After receiving a homeschool diploma, she earned an A.A.S. in Early Child Care and Development from Bob Jones University. Since her Freshman year of high school, she has worked in six preschools in three different states. She is married to her husband, Casey, who is currently finishing law school at UMKC. They have two dogs.
Rusty Ralph, Chairman