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Meet The Staff

Meet the Midland Ministries Staff

Each Midland Ministries staff member raises their own personal support (their salary, as well as ministry expenses). Find out how you can support our General Fund, one of our staff members, or one of the three associate ministries (Child Rescue, Manna Ministries Mongolia, Southside Youth Outreach), financially HERE or give online now HERE.


Jon Henderson

CEO & Executive DirectorJon bio295

Jon was a Bible Club Director with Kansas City Youth For Christ from 1986 through 1990. He joined the Staff of Midland Ministries in 1990 and has been the Executive Director since 2013. Jon is in charge of the finances as well as directing the staff and ministries to be effective in reaching young people with the Gospel. Jon and his wife Karen have 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law, and two grandsons.

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Jack Hager

Director of Staff Development/Prison MinistryJack bio295

Jack has served in full time ministry for over 30 years since his graduation from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute in 1978. He has been on staff with Midland Ministries since 2008. Having been saved in prison, Jack has a passion for ministering in local and regional prisons. He also speaks at youth events and camps all over the world. Jack and his wife Jane have four kids.

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Andrew Johnson

Ministry StaffAndrew 295 with border

Andrew graduated from the Institute For Teen Evangelism and joined Midland Ministries’ staff in 2000. He is involved in all areas of ministry at Midland and also serves as a youth pastor at Rushville Christian Church. Andrew and his wife Rachel have three kids.

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Tom and Jodi Brager

Directors of Southside Youth OutreachTom and Jodi 295 with border

Tom and Jodi are the Directors of Southside Youth Outreach, a division of Midland Ministries. Since 2002, they have been involved with Midland Events as well as volunteering at local schools, discipleship, and leading local and international mission trips. Their heart is to reach teens with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to make disciples who can one day make disciples. They have two kids, one son-in-law, and three grandchildren. 

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Jim Lumpkin

Bible Quizzing StatisticianJim bio295

Jim is a graduate of the Institute For Teen Evangelism. He joined the Midland staff in 2006. Jim helps with the computer and statistic needs for Bible Quizzing.  He and his wife Cassie have two children.

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George Fizer

Outdoor MinistriesGeorge 295.221 with border

George is 1980 graduate of Christ Unlimited Bible Institute, Kansas City. He joined the Midland staff in 2007. George loves the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and he uses these activities to disciple young people. George leads yearly fishing/discipleship trips to Canada for boys (Preachers of the Word) and girls (Women of the Word). For more information check out the Outdoor Ministries page.

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Nick & Jessica Schrock

Directors of Manna Ministries MongoliaNick and Jess 295 with border

Nick and Jessica are the Directors of Manna Ministries Mongolia, a division of Midland Ministries. This ministry is centered on Bible Quizzing in Mongolia. They raise funds for in country missionaries, Bold and Bulgan, to run the Bible Quizzing ministry and provide humanitarian aid and discipleship for Mongolian young people.  Nick and Jess live in Kansas City with their 3 children. Check out the Manna Ministries Mongolia page for more information.

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Walt & Melissa Brown

Midland Ministries Camp & Conference Center Camp ManagersWalt and Melissa 295 with border

Walt and Melissa have been the camp managers at Midland Ministries Camp and Conference Center since 2013. In addition to managing the camp year round, they are involved with Bible Quizzing, Main Events, and ministry construction projects. They have four married kids and three grandchildren.

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Thomas Gudde

Worship LeaderThomas bio295

Thomas has been the worship leader for Midland since 2015. He and his wife Brittney lead worship at Main Events and Camp Super C, and also serve as Youth Leaders in their church. They have two boys.

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Josh Embrey

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Josh joined the Midland Staff in 2017. In addition to helping with Midland Events, Josh works as the youth pastor at Journey Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO. Josh and his wife Lydia have 4 kids and are foster-parents.

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Shelby Henderson

Ministry StaffShelby 295 with border

 Shelby first joined the Child Rescue staff in 2016 and lived for two years at Casa de mi Padre, in Guatemala. She has been with the Midland staff in the U.S. since 2018. Along with helping at Midland Events, Shelby disciples young girls to know and follow Jesus.

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Meet the Staff of Child Rescue— a division of Midland Ministries in Guatemala.

Shane Sanderson

Director of Child RescueShane bio

Shane founded Child Rescue of South America as an offshoot of Midland Ministries in 2010. Through Child Rescue, he began an orphanage in the city of Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala called Casa de mi Padre. Casa de mi Padre meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of kids who otherwise might be living on the streets or worse.

Find out more about Shane and Casa de mi Padre HERE>


Cole and Sarah McCauley

Casa de Mi Padre Assistant DirectorCole and Sarah bio

Cole has been the assistant director for Casa de me Padre since 2015. Cole is responsible to make sure all staff know what is expected of them and that they are taking care of the children well. Along with administrative tasks, he works to provide daily child care for the kids of Casa, oversees child discipline and teachings, and manages the transitional kids’ home placement and furthered education. Sarah joined him in Guatemala following their marriage in 2018. They have one son.

Find out more about Cole and Sarah’s ministry in Guatemala HERE>


Alexis Putthoff 

Children's CounselorAlexis bio 295.221

Alexis has served as the Children’s Counselor for Casa de mi Padre since 2018. She facilitates restoration and healing to the children that reside in Casa who have backgrounds of horrific abuse, abandonment, and trauma. Alexis also advocates for the children in court hearings to make sure they don't end up back into the hands of their abusers.

Find out more about Alexis and her ministry in Guatemala HERE>

You can see how the kids captivated her heart, and share in her experiences in her blog at the link below:
www.gumptionplusgrace.wordpress.com


Sabrina Broste

Child Care SpecialistSabrina bio

Sabrina has served in Guatemala since 2019. In addition to spending time with the kids and helping meet their needs, she also organizes and coordinates the administration and charting of medications for all the kids.

Find out more about Sabrina and how God is working through her in Guatemala HERE>


Midland Board of Directors

Chip Allison - Chairman, St. Joseph Missouri 
John Davison - Vice-Chairman, St. Joseph, Missouri 
Gregg Oswald - Treasurer, Muscotah, Kansas
Jon Henderson - Executive Director, St. Joseph, Missouri 
Brad Weeks - Board Chaplin, St. Joseph, Missouri 
Dennis McKittrick - Troy Kansas
Lance Duncan- Lawson, Missouri