Our Staff


Gary Pauley
Senior Pastor

Gary and his wife Jan have spent the last 33 years of their lives in church planting and leadership. They met while serving in youth work and have been in church work together ever since. Together they planted two churches in the Kansas City area. They have three children and two grandchildren. Gary has degrees from Calvary Theological Seminary and loves theological and biblical language study. His work has always featured expositional Bible teaching. He has especially enjoyed teaching theology in various countries over the years. 


Russell Minnick
Youth Pastor

Russell has served at FBCS since March, 2013 and is passionate about working with students.  Russell and his wife, Tori, have two wonderful sons Rory and Oliver,  Russell & Tori hold the Bible and prayer in highest regard in ministry as well as their personal lives.  Russell has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary.


Ben Gum
Worship Pastor

Ben and his wife, Dawna, have served in ministry together since 1992. Ben has always
served the church through music, but has also served as Youth Pastor, Outreach
Pastor, and as a music teacher in a Christian school. In addition to a music degree, he
holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He loves theology, philosophy, composing/arranging music, doing other
writing, and playing and watching sports. The Gum family has served in church ministry
in Shawnee since 2005. Ben and Dawna have four children and nine grandchildren, and
have served as foster parents for dozens of boys.


Brenda Buery
Office Administrator

Brenda has served on staff as office administrator since February 2013.  Brenda's favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  Brenda is married and has five grown children and two grandchildren.


Sarah Jones

Sarah has served on staff since March 2013.  Sarah is married and has two wonderful children.


Phil Seaton

Phil has served on staff faithfully since 1985.  Phil is married and has three grown children and many grandchildren.