Meet Our Staff

  • Rev. David McDaniel

    Senior Pastor


    -D.Min.: San Francisco Theological Seminary (in pursuit)

    -4 Units CPE: Baptist Hospital-Little Rock, AR

    -M.Div.: George W. Truett Theological Seminary

    -B.A. Psychology: The University of Alabama

    Books that shapes your life perspective

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

    Best places to travel: 

    -Amsterdam: I love the canals, all the bikes, cafes, art museums, and laid back pace

    -Grandmother's back patio for breakfast

    -Florence, Italy: I would go back to Florence in a heartbeat.  Art, history, gelato, rooftop patios...what is there not to like?!

    On a Fall day, I'm usually: attending a daughter's soccer game, then grilling on the back porch while watching Alabama football

    Quote that has stuck with you: I was saying goodbye to a dear friend who was on Hospice care.  When I asked him what was going through his head knowing his death was imminent, he replied, "I don't know when I wake up tomorrow if I will be here or someplace else.  And if I'm someplace else, I don't know what that will look like.  But if I'm here, or if I'm there, I believe my God will be with me.  And I am good with that."

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    Follow him on Instagram @David.Lee.McDaniel and Twitter @DavidMcDaniel84

  • Rev. Allen York

    Pastor of Worship & Arts


    -Masters of Church Music: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    -B.M.: Southwest Baptist University

    Books I love: Where the Crawdads Sing, The Stand, Pillars of the Earth, Harry Potter series, Last of the Breed, The Hunger Game series

    A perfect day: Temp: 40's in the morning, 60's for the high, partly cloudy; on a small stream in rural Montana fly fishing with one of my family members

    My hope for Holmeswood is: that all the capable people that choose to be a part of this church would use their personal gifts to maintain and grow all of its ministries.  That our inclusive and accepting journey would be made known to our neighbors and the metro.

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  • Marion During

    Interim Coordinator of Family Ministries


    -Master's in American Studies: The University of Alabama

    -Communication & Information Sciences: The University of Alabama

    -American Studies: The University of Alabama

    Some movies I like are:

    I like a wide variety of movies. Some of my favorites include: Over the Edge, any marvel movie, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

    On a typical Saturday, I'm probably: 

    going on a run, working on a home improvement project, or watching movies with my family.

    The reason my family engages at Holmeswood is:

    Holmeswood is a loving, Christ-focused community who truly welcomes everyone.

    Send Marion an email at

  • Debbie Kinsella

    Administrative Assist. & Communications Specialist


    -DeVry- Bachelor's Degree

    -Penn Valley: Associates of Applied Science

    Best TV Comedy of all time: Seinfeld is always good for a laugh (or two). Yadda, yadda.

    3 places you need to try in Kansas City: First Friday's in the Crossroads, Streetcar, and Prairie Village Art Fair

    Books I could read over and over: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Send Debbie and email at

  • Pam Ussery

    Financial Secretary


    -Graduate Work in Accounting: UMKS

    -B.A. Business & Sociology: William Jewell College

    3 TV shows I can always watch: Jeopardy, Midsomer Murders, and Amazing Race

    As a child, when I grew up I wanted to be: I can't remember anything specific.

    Some of my favorite things about Holmeswood are: Handbells, Sanctuary Choir, and potlucks with my Bible Fellowship Group

    Send Pam an email at

  • Gary Youngblood



    -B.A.: Southwest Baptist University

    A perfect day in Kansas City is: spending time with grandkids

    My go-to restaurants are: Jack Stack, Dos de Oros, and Caleb's

    When I'm not at Holmeswood, I'm usually: doing "Honey-do's"

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