Our Staff


JonJon Gohdes - Lead Pastor

Jon was born in north-central Wisconsin and lived there during his growing up years until moving to Kansas City to attend Calvary University in 2008. He graduated from CU with a BA in pastoral studies (2012) and a MA in biblical counseling (2017). As a part of his counseling training, he completed a one-year internship in Birmingham, AL under Dr. Lou Priolo. He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He came to Shawnee Bible Church in 2011 to serve as youth ministry leader. Having served for several years in associate pastoral roles under friend and mentor Darrell Godfrey (who was promoted to glory in May of 2019), he assumed the role of Lead Pastor in November of 2019. He is married to his lovely wife Merrilee, and together they enjoy hospitality, ministry, music, reading, organizing things, networking, and going for a good jog!

Email: jgohdes@shawneebiblechurch.org



JeffJeff Classen - Worship Leader

Jeff was born and raised in Mission, KS and began attending Shawnee Bible in 4th grade. He enjoys working as a certified building analyst and energy auditor with The Hayes Company. He is married to Arletta, and they have four daughters. He has served as SBC’s worship leader since 2002. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing guitar, building furniture, and keeping up on energy trends.



Our Elders (2019)

Kirk Porteous - Chairman

Clarence Classen

Mike Dodds

Jon Gohdes

Charles Kurtz


Our Deacons (2019)

Ken Liebelt - Chairman

Mike Dennis

Dave Riley

Bill Waye