Staff

George McDowell

Senior Pastor

Welcome!

I am glad that you chose to check out our Gashland Baptist Church website. My name is George McDowell and I began my ministry at GBC on September 25, 2009. I trusted Jesus Christ as Lord & Master of my life at the age of 8 and followed Him in baptism at First Baptist Church of Caney, KS. I married my beautiful bride, Sherri, on June 12, 1975. God blessed our marriage with 2 wonderful daughters. They have both married and given Sherri and me 5 adorable grandchildren. I surrendered to full-time ministry on June 24, 1984 and I feel so blessed to have served in some wonderful churches. Sherri and I have always viewed ministry as a partnership and God has blessed in many wonderful ways. It is a joy and privilege to serve as Pastor of GBC. The purpose of GBC is to “Touch people with the love of Jesus.” Currently we are running around 140 in Bible study each Sunday morning and around 210 in morning worship. We would love to have you come and join us as we try to reach our community for Christ.

My ministry verse is Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” I try to live my life according to this verse. I believe that God has called me to preach His Word to help people see the relevance of the Scriptures in everyday life. Each of us has personal experiences that begin to shape us. Sometimes God needs to reach into our lives and make changes in us so that we might bring glory to His name. I try to preach sermon’s that are relevant for everyday living, but in a way that challenges each of us to walk more closely to His teachings.

Let me personally invite you to come and join us for worship this next Sunday. We have Bible study for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and then our morning worship is at 10:45 a.m. We also offer evening worship at 6:00 p.m. Many churches have discontinued their evening worship time; therefore we are trying to offer an evening worship for anyone who would like to attend. I hope to meet you soon and if you have questions, please do not hesitate to call me or e-mail. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you in His tender care!

Love in Christ,

Pastor George

Brock Caldwell

Associate Pastor of Youth & Children
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Hello people of the internet. I was blessed to be called as the Associate Pastor of Gashland Baptist Church in the Spring of 2015. I am a 2014 Graduate of Southwest Baptist University with a BA in Christian Ministries with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry. I am currently attending Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing my Masters in Divinity. I was called into ministry leadership during my freshman year of college and I love the opportunity I have now to pastor alongside of George, especially in the capacity of shepherding our families, students, and children. I met my wife at Super Summer Arkansas in 2013 and was blessed to call her my wife on January 1, 2016. She is finishing her degree at Midwestern College in Christian Ministry with a Minor in Business. We have loved KC and are glad to call this city and especially this church our home! I enjoy playing guitar, reading, watching youtube videos (can anyone spot the famous youtuber quote in my bio?? Hint, it’s a musician), hiking, kayaking, hammocking and that’s probably more than you wanted to know because this isn’t a dating profile. If you have any questions about our church, student’s ministry, or children’s ministry please don’t hesitate to contact me. We would love to see you at Gashland Baptist Church soon!

Pete Lucas

Worship Leader
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Even at the age of three, I already knew I loved music. My dad would play the piano and I’d sit underneath it pressed up against the piano to feel the vibration of the bass. My father was a pastor, so I grew up in the church, accepting Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of six.

My parents saw that I had a love for music, and inexplicably put me into violin lessons at just four years old. Violin was not my passion, and it showed in my four-year-old work ethic. I begged my parents for piano lessons, and at nine, they finally relented.

When I was 15, I started teaching myself acoustic guitar and bass. I would play along with the radio and all of my favorite Christian artists, like Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael Card, Steve Green, and Twila Paris. At 18, I joined Grace Christian Fellowship in Shawnee, KS, and started running the sound, which I did for two years. At that point someone found out I could play bass and I was quickly shuffled to the worship team, where I played bass for the next four years.

Grace also gave me my first taste of worship leading, when the youth group (a large ministry of 80-100 kids) needed an interim worship leader. At the end of the interim position, I auditioned for bass at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, where I played for the next four years. I enjoyed having such an immensely talented group of musicians around me in that megachurch, but I missed the connections and human scale of a smaller church family.

In 2007, I joined Olathe Life Fellowship, just two blocks from home, where I played bass and guitar, and where I met two of the people who influenced my vocal and piano style the most, Worship Pastor Brandon Hollis, and our guitarist, Donovan White. In 2010, Olathe Life moved to Prairie Village, KS and changed its name to Mercy Church. At that time, Brandon took a position at another church, and I became worship co-leader, where I served until I met Nicole and joined Gashland Baptist Church.

Throughout my life, whatever trials have come my way, whatever mistakes I’ve made, the one constant that has always held the power to bring me back to Christ has been worship. I firmly believe that worship is what softens our hearts so that we can be receptive to the Word of God, both through the Holy Spirit and through the teaching of our pastors and teachers. My goal is to worship joyfully with you, so that we can all enter into God’s presence together each week.

Psalm 100:1-5 says “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”