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Lead Pastor

Michael Beck

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My name is Michael Beck but Church is not about the pastor—Church is about Jesus and loving others. I invite you to connect with us in a community of believers. No one has all the answers. No one has it all figured out. But we believe we are called to love Jesus, love others, and serve our neighbor first. Together with you we want to heal, grow, and see our community transformed by Jesus.

Just a little bit about me. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. I have lived in the Kansas City area for over 10 years. I graduated with a BA in Ministry from MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I met Kelsey, my wife. I graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary with an MA in Theological Studies. I also taught Introduction To Hebrew as an adjunct. I am an ordained Elder and have served in various leadership roles both inside and outside the Church. In my free time, I love traveling, dining out, playing music, playing chess, and reading.

It is a blessing and honor to pastor. The pastor is servant of all. It is Jesus who is Lord of His Church. My favorite thing is when you know Jesus, are set free from what troubles you, and live freely in the new life Jesus brings.

May God bless you with every blessing in Jesus.

Young Adult Pastor

Dakota Vails

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My passion is serving God and serving others. To me the Gospel begins and ends with the greatest commandment, To love God and to love others (Mark 12:29). That is why, since my first week at Southwood five years ago, I felt like this church was home. I have served in various roles in my time here. I have been on the board as well as serving dual roles in hospitality and young adult ministry. Some of my roles here at Southwood consist of leading our young adult Sunday School, singing on the worship team, maintaining our hospitality table, and holding young adult gatherings at my home. I have my BA in Christian Ministry from Northwest Nazarene University and I currently attend Nazarene Theological Seminary where I am studying for my MDIV. I am constantly amazed by the amazing people that attend Southwood and will never forget the amazing love and hospitality that I have experienced from week one. For this reason, I am proud to be able to serve here and call Southwood home. 

Children's Pastor

Joseph Blissett

I am a district-licensed minister of the Church of the Nazarene on the South Arkansas District. I am currently enrolled at Nazarene Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity Program. My wife Celeste and I started attending Southwood in 2017 when we moved to Kansas City. We have been married four years, and we have a baby girl, Crystabel, born in January 2020. I value teaching and preaching and am discerning God’s call in pastoring or missionary work.

  June 2021  
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