Reverend David McDaniel (@DavidMcDaniel84)
David started serving as the Senior Pastor of Holmeswood in 2016. Before that time, though, he was the Pastor of Younger Adults at Holmeswood and also a chaplain at Children’s Mercy. He is married to Erin, who is a pediatrician with the group Pediatric Associates located both on the Plaza and in Lee’s Summit. David is a native of Alabama, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alabama and a M.Div. from Truett Seminary at Baylor University. He has also completed a Chaplain Residency with 4 units of CPE at Baptist Health in Little Rock. He enjoys cheering on the Crimson Tide, attending various sporting events (he says if you invite him to a game, he’ll go and wear your team’s colors….as long as it’s not Auburn or Tennessee orange), and firing up the grill for a good cookout. Authors that David reads are Truman Capote, Frederick Buechner, and Marcus Borg. But, his favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird (which he reads at least once a year). David loves being in a church that asks more questions of faith than they give answers, embraces diversity of all types, and takes seriously the intersection of faith and everyday life.
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Reverend Allen York
Pastor of Worship & Arts
Allen joined our staff in February 2013. Allen was born and raised in Bolivar, MO, and graduated from Southwest Baptist University (1980) with a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music Education, with piano as his instrument of concentration. He went on to graduate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1988), where he earned a Master’s degree in Church Music. Allen has approximately 30 years of experience in music ministry that includes service at Viewmont Baptist Church-Hickory, NC; First Baptist Church-Oklahoma City; and First Baptist Church-Lee’s Summit, MO, and was ordained to the gospel ministry while serving in Oklahoma City. He is also well-versed in the multi-tasking aspect of ministry, having also served as pastor of music & youth, and music & senior adults.
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Reverend Anna Holladay
Pastor of Missions & Communication
Anna joined our staff in August 2016. Anna was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a BA in Psychology and earned her Master of Divinity in 2015 at Wake Forest University School of Divinity— whose mascot is, can you believe it, the Demon Deacon! After graduating from Wake Divinity, she spent a year in Chicago through the Episcopal Service Corps where she served as Community Engagement Director in a local parish. She has also served in NYC, Romania, and India through CBF’s student missions program, Student.Go.
Anna loves to travel, learn about different cultures, play with her nieces (when they happen to be in the same city), practice yoga, laugh, and enjoy a good meal with friends.
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Children's Ministry Coordinator
Kris joined Holmeswood in 1996. Since then, she has served on the Strategic Planning and Early Education Childcare Advisory committees. She volunteered for Extended Session for several years before becoming Director of Preschool on Sunday mornings, and held that position since 2009. Kris currently works fulltime at Kansas City Public Schools in the office of Accountability, Assessment, and Academic Precision. She also assisted the district in the creation and implementation of systems designed to sustain and improve student achievement in secondary schools. In addition, Kris works as an independent consultant, assisting local non-profits in the areas of education, workshop development and facilitation, grant writing/fund development, and community strategic planning. Prior to this work, Kris managed the Charter School Partnership at The Learning Exchange and worked at local social service agencies in the areas of youth development. Kris has a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from Avila University and a M.S. in Organizational Development, also from Avila University.
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Director of Administrative Services
Kathy has been a member of Holmeswood since 1979. Some roles she has served in the church include deacon, teacher, voice and handbell choir member, missions "Hands On" construction worker, custodian, camp counselor, bowling league coordinator, and shortstop on the softball team. Kathy is married to her best friend, Mark. In their time off together, they love to travel as much as they can—they have cruised the Caribbean, the Atlantic, and the Mediterranean in ships, and have cruised Kansas City on their Harley. Kathy and Mark have also tackled some serious DIY projects to repair and remodel the foreclosed house they salvaged and now call home. (Pass the Icy Hot!) Kathy joined the church staff in the “position of her dreams" in January, 2015. Her goal is to support the “what can we do to help?” mentality that reflects the wonderful spiritual discipline of servant-hood she sees at Holmeswood. One of Kathy’s favorite quotes comes from Clarence Jordan. “The crowning evidence that [God] lives is not a vacant grave, but spirit-filled fellowship. Not a rolled away stone, but a carried-away church."
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Terry has been a member of Holmeswood since 1992 and joined the staff in January 2012. She graduated from University of Oklahoma with a degree in Computer Science. Boomer Sooner! She previously worked for the U. S. Dept of Agriculture for 17 years as a Computer Specialist. Terry and her husband, John, have 3 children.
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Gary has been a member of Holmeswood for the past 33 years. He has served as a deacon, teacher, choir member and on various committees. Gary retired from Citibank as an auditor in 2008. He joined the Holmeswood custodial staff on a part time basis in April 2010. Gary is an avid Jayhawks fan!
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