Pastor Dezo

Rev. Dezo Schreiner is originally from the beautiful Caribbean country of Haiti. She moved to Lawrence, KS in 2011 for advanced schooling. On the night of her arrival, she quickly learned to love K.U. Basketball. She grew up with eight siblings. As a young girl she organized church services for her siblings. Dezo's passion has always been to work with people, to proclaim the gospel, to work for social justice, to heal souls and bodies, and to create community. She earned her Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Community Theological Seminary of Shawnee, KS in 2017. Dezo exhibits a contagious joy to everyone she meets as well for the gospel which she naturally expresses to everyone through pastoral ministry. Jesus taught us a way of love, grace and forgiveness; and that is how Dezo lives her life. Dezo says, " I live my life by the motto Jesus Christ stated in John 13:35, this is how everyone will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." She is an encourager, a visionary, teacher and a prayer warrior. In her spare time, she goes on long walks, road trips, window-shopping, or reads a good book. Dezo's ministry in our church is through worship leadership, preaching, pastoral care, teaching and working with our children, youth and young adults.

In 2018, Dezo married Andy Schreiner, together they have one set of twins, Benjamin and Charlotte.

Pastor Steve

Dr. Stephen D. Jones began his ministry at First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Missouri in 1969 as a pastoral intern under Rev. Malcolm Haughey. He later entered Colgate Rochester Divinity School and began his ministry in 1972. He has served churches in Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington State, Missouri and Kansas. He is the author of five books and his upcoming book, Breaking Free…from our Cultural Relationships, is based on a sermon series preached in our church in August. Steve’s wife, Jan, grew up in this church and they have two young adult children, Brian (Dayna) and Janelle. Steve’s ministry offers administrative leadership to our church, preaching and worship leadership, and pastoral care.

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Pastor Stephanie

Rev. Stephanie Spears experienced her call to pastoral ministry after she came to faith as an adult in Kansas City. Coming to our church many years ago, the sense of God’s call only deepened. Stephanie continues her seminary education at Central Seminary. She works full-time as a micro-biologist for ThermoFisher, Inc. She has three children, Joe, Remy and Cartier. Stephanie’s ministry in our church is through teaching, pastoral care, worship leadership, and evangelism.

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A Warm Welcome

First: Welcome!

First Baptist Church is a community of welcome. We welcome people every Sunday to our worship services. Some come for one week – some return week after week. You’ll find a WARM WELCOME at First Baptist. 

We hope also that you will enjoy visiting this website. You’ll find pastoral articles and reflections, printed and audio sermons, and lots of information. If you travel around our website – you’ll learn a lot about our church and our people.


Second: Try Us Out!

Our church is friendly, but you won’t be under any pressure and you can choose to participate in any way that feels comfortable to you. The best way to determine if First Baptist Church is a “fit” for you – is to come and try us out! There are many ways to become involved – even in one-time or short-term ways. We are an active, mission-focused church.

Our Sunday School Classes meet every Sunday morning – for all ages at 9:30 am. All are open to visitors and they are a great way to develop relationships with our people and learn more about our congregation. Our worship service begins at 10:50 am in the sanctuary.


Third: Receive Our Invitation!

Our invitation isn’t just to attend – it’s to JOIN US on this journey of faith to which we feel called. We offer a congregation centered in faith in Jesus Christ, ready to live the life his Good News represents, and eager to become the Beloved Community in Greater Kansas City and around the world.


Welcome! Try Us Out! Receive Our Invitation to join us on our journey of faith at First Baptist Church!


Rev. Dezo Schreiner, Dr. Stephen Jones, Rev. Stephanie Spears, pastors