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Leawood Pres exists to

KNOW God, to GROW in the likeness of Jesus Christ, to SHOW God's glory, and to GO make disciples.


our story

We are a community of Christ-followers striving to be more about BEING the church rather than just GOING to church. Drawing off the concepts of the Hebrew word shamah, we are learning how to live lives that aren't divided into church, work and play but instead focusing on lives that are fully integrated for the glory of God.

We're seeking to discover God in new ways and to listen for His voice as we go about day-to-day life instead of just putting Him in a box only to be taken out on Sunday. We long to be a community that lives out a picture of Godly love in day-to-day life and impacts our community with sound biblical teaching and cultural relevance.

What does "cultural relevance" mean?  It doesn't mean abandoning the truth of God's Word or God's Son, Jesus Christ.  It DOES mean presenting these truths in a way that has the greatest opportunity to reach a new and changing generation.

As Jesus used relevant parables to relate to farmers, pharisees and townsfolk of his day, we desire to package the Truth in ways that the current generation can grasp and live out. 

We're firm believers in the concept that we need to BE the church instead of just GOING to church, so we hope that as members of Leawood Pres., we are all reaching out as reflections of God's love at all times.

If you still have questions (and we hope you do!) contact us at and we'd love to share more!

We’re seeking to discover God in new ways and to listen for His voice as we go about day-to-day life instead of just putting Him in a box only to be taken out on Sunday.


Our own statements of belief are not intended to be comprehensive of all aspects of life and faith, but are a summary of a guide to our convictions as a “Jesus Church.”







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Would you say there is at least a small gap between God’s perfect you and the current, real-life you?  We’re with you.  We want to help lead you from where you are to where God wants you to be.  You can either change God’s vision for your life, or take steps toward Jesus’s vision of a flourishing life.  It’s not linear, and it tends to be a bit messy, but it’s a process nonetheless.  



Know means love in the original Hebrew text.  We’re to love God and love others with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.  You can’t follow Jesus and not love.



Be intentional about practicing “soul-training exercises” e.g., worship, reading and studying God’s Word together, and praying daily- both individually and in authentic Christian community.



We value faith expressed in action that is empowered by the Holy Spirit as a natural outflow of our faith in Jesus, expressing God’s love, compassion, and justice in word and deed in our everyday lives.  We do this by serving in the church, in the community and in the world.



Our mission is to help anyone and everyone become a follower of Jesus.

Because people matter to God.

Because life is better in community.

Because there is no problem in the world that conforming to Jesus cannot solve.



I am blessed to be chosen by God, then by my wife. We bleed purple, as K-State is where we met. We are raising four Gospel-centered kids while I pastor here at LPC. I believe strongly in the truth of Proverbs 3: 5-6 which is that direction, not intention, determines our destination.  I was blessed to be raised in a family who taught me what it meant to trust in the Lord with all my heart and to not lean on my own understanding, but in all my ways to acknowledge God and He will make my path straight.  I learned to trust God’s choices even when it’s difficult to connect the dots between where His path seemed to lead and where I wanted to go.

Scott McDonald
Connections Pastor

Amy kapple
Early childhood Ministry coordinator

Katie knight

Summer Intern


Emily Finlason

Elder of Spiritual Growth (Children)

Scott Hass

Elder of Finance

Dallas Martens

Elder of Spiritual Growth (Adults)


Emily Duckworth  
Director of Children's Ministry


Todd Harris

Elder of Personnel

Pete Knutson

Elder of Administration


Peter Casey

Director of Student Ministry


Jennifer Starcev

Financial Secretary 



Clerk of Session

Rob Leach

Elder of Spiritual Growth (Students)

George Morris

Elder of New Life -  Missions

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30



We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, growth, and eternal life to the human race, and to which he invites everyone to follow Jesus. Leawood Pres seeks to pursue our mission to bless Kansas City for Jesus through a transforming relationship with Christ and authentic community with each other. We are part of the denomination PCUSA and, in keeping with our Presbyterian heritage, our congregation elects elders to govern the church. Comprised of elected elders and the lead pastor, the Session (the name of our governing board) has responsibility and authority for governing the congregation and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. The Session works closely with staff leadership and represents the congregation to provide oversight and governance of the church’s ministry, spiritual health, long-term strategy, finances, and administration.


LPC is committed to pursuing its mission as a church with God-honoring love, zeal, and excellence in all that we are and do.

The Session’s key responsibilities are to provide leadership, governance and guidance by:

1. Providing spiritual oversight

2. Shepherding the flock

3. Discerning, planning and strategizing

4. Overseeing church management