Lead Pastor Brad Hargis
Pastor Brad grew up on the mission field of Panama and from an early age was taught the Gospel and gave his life to Christ as a young child. In 2000 he moved to Springfield, MO to go to college at Baptist Bible College, graduating with his bachelor degree in pastoral studies in 2004 and his Masters of Biblical Counseling in 2007 and Master of Divinity in 2008. While in Springfield he met his wife Joni. They have three beautiful daughters, Kenna, Brylee and Audrey. God moved them to Emporia in July of 2013 to become an associate pastor at West Side Baptist Church. The church officially called Brad to be the next Senior Pastor in September of 2018. He counts it a joy to be able to minister to the people at West Side and serve his Lord in this capacity.
Discipleship & Missions Pastor Micah Burt
Pastor Micah grew up in Cheney, KS, where the Lord graciously converted him at a young age, and placed a desire within him to train for pastoral ministry. This desire led him to Maranatha Baptist University, where in 2014, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies. In 2018, he married his wife Julia Burt and they have two children, Carter and Alethea. West Side Baptist Church hired him as Pastor of Missions and Discipleship in January 2021, where he is currently serving. In 2021 he also graduated with his Masters of Divinity from The Expositors Seminary.
Pastoral Intern Ruben Rodriguez
Ruben was born in Mexico and at the age of 6 his family moved to Emporia, KS, where he has lived here ever since. In 2018, he graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Ruben worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Newman Regional Health for 4 years. It was during this time that the Gospel was shared with him and he placed his faith in Christ. Shortly after this he became a member of West Side Baptist Church. Ruben came on staff as our pastoral intern in September of 2022. Now he serves in the church as the Director of Student Ministries. In March 2023 Ruben married his wife, Lindsey Rodriguez. Currently Ruben is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at The Expositors Seminary.
What Is The Gospel?
The Gospel is the good news that sinful man can be redeemed. We find the Gospel in the Word of God as it relates the story of salvation through Creation, the Fall, Redemption and Restoration. What you do with Jesus Christ is the single most important decision that you will make in your life.
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