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Accelerating Hope Together

We are Blue River – Kansas City Baptist Association, a network of over 130 churches in the Greater Kansas City area who are partnering together for the advancement and flourishing of the Kingdom of God.

Our churches are vastly different from one another: they are urban, rural, and suburban. They range from small to mega-size. They’re blue collar to white collar. Some are contemporary, some are traditional, others are blended. We have African American churches, Hispanic congregations, language missions, and churches that worship in Cambodian, Swahili, Tagalog, Russian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and French Creole. We have churches that target specific segments of the population, from rockers to outdoorsmen to college students.

What do these diverse churches have in common? Well, aside from being Baptist, they are all committed to banding together to accomplish gospel outreach, church resourcing, community transformation, church planting, and equipping of leaders.

Our vision is:

to be a network of healthy Baptist churches partnering together to transform lives and communities through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at home, in North America and around the world.

Who We Are

The BRKC Association was started in 1981 as a merger of the Blue River Baptist Association and the Kansas City Baptist Association. Both had long histories in this region of Missouri, hence the blending of the two names.
BRKC is made up of over 130 churches, primarily in Jackson and Cass Counties of Missouri. We have three partner congregations that gather north of the Missouri River, Kansas City Korean Baptist Church, Crossroads Bible, and Fleming Baptist Church.
Yes, we have offices at 806 W. Main Street, Greenwood, MO 64034. This building houses our staff, an Executive Director, Associate Director of Missions and their Administrative Assistant. This office also houses materials available for rent.
Baptists in America have been forming associations for over 300 years as a way of partnering together to further advance the Kingdom of God. They are a local expression of a fellowship of churches. Church partnerships are an admission that ministry is about building God’s Kingdom, not our own, and that we are a stronger force for His glory together than apart. We believe that voluntary associations are scriptural, given the references in the book of Acts and in Paul’s letters regarding churches helping one another and praying for one another. Being part of an Association reminds us that we are all part of the universal Body of Christ, and we need one another.
We’re glad you asked! There are many ways you can be a part of what we’re doing. Here are a few:

  • Give to the work of BRKC.
  • Join our network of partner churches
  • Join a BRKC Ministry Team
  • Offer your skill or expertise as a resource for other churches and ministries in the area
  • Volunteer with one of our partnership ministries.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and help us spread the word about what God is doing through us!

You can visit our Get Involved page for more on these opportunities to partner with us.

In short, we support and enhance the ministries of the churches and to expand outward in new areas of ministry for greater gospel impact here and around the world. All of our ministry work is guided by Vision 2020 and our Master Ministry Plan and is carried out through the help of five Ministry Teams that correlate with the five Vision 2020 objectives. In addition to those specific goals, we are on-call to our churches to train leaders in various aspects of church life.

Vision 2020

BRKC Vision 20/20

In 2008, we went through a visioning process that resulted in the identification of five ministry objectives we call “Vision 2020”. The five areas form the acrostic G.R.A.C.E., which reminds us that all we do is through the mercy and grace of Jesus; apart from His blessing, our work is in vain. Those 5 areas are:

Gospel Outreach 100
Resourcing Churches 100
Assisting Community Transformation 100
Church Planting 100
Equipping Leaders 100

The Vision 2020 objectives serve as guideposts for BRKC’s ministry efforts. Everything we do is guided by the objectives, goals, and actions plans outlined in our Vision 2020 Master Ministry Plan.

Meet Our Team

Rodney Hammer
Rodney HammerExecutive Director of Missions
Dr. Rodney Hammer joined BRKC in October of 2008 as the Executive Director of Missions. Before coming on staff with BRKC, he served for 18 years with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. He spent 10 years in China and Southeast Asia, and another 8 years as the Regional Leader for Central & Eastern Europe. Dr. Hammer holds a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Hammer and his wife, Debbie have one son, Luke. They reside in Lee’s Summit, MO.
Gregg Boll
Gregg BollAssociate Director of Missions
Gregg Boll joined BRKC in February of 2013 as the Associate Director. Gregg was ordained in 1985 and has served in several areas of church leadership including youth and education ministry, church planting, and senior pastor. Prior to joining BRKC he served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Crane, Missouri for 14 years. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Missouri Southern and a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gregg and wife, Teresa (Terri), have been married for 31 years and have two grown children.
Jennifer Hutton
Jennifer HuttonAdministrative Assistant & Office Manager
Jennifer Hutton joined our staff as our Administrative Assistant and Office Manager in December of 2010. She has 30 years of administrative and office management experience, both in secular and church settings. Prior to joining BRKC’s team she worked in the church offices of two of our member churches. She has been married to Chane Hutton, pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Independence, for 28 years.She and Chane have 3 children ranging from age 11 to 24.
Travis Hamm
Travis HammCollege Minister
Travis Hamm has been BRKC’s College Minister since 2007. After obtaining a B.A. in Vocal Music Performance from Northwest Missouri State University, he returned to Kansas City. He obtained his Masters of Divinity, emphasis in College Ministry, from Midwestern in 2011. Travis led a ministry at UMKC for several years before becoming a Collegiate Ministry Strategist for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is also the director of Collegiate Impact, a network of churches and individuals reaching college students across the KC Metro area. He and his wife, Britney, have three children with a fourth on the way.
Luis Mendoza
Luis MendozaMulticultural Church Planting Field Assistant
Luis Mendoza is the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Multicultural Church Planting Field Assistant for Kansas City. A native of Nicaragua, Luis has been involved with church planting since 1992. He was ordained in 1997 and received a B.A. from Hannibal-LaGrange University in 2002. In 2007, he obtained a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled in their Doctoral program. Luis and his wife, Judi, have four young boys.
Carson Conover
Carson ConoverCollege Minister
Carson began his work as a College Minister in 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from University of Central Missouri, and he obtained a Master’s of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Carson is also the pastor of Gospel Communities and Campus Ministry at LifeConnection Church in Independence, MO, working primarily with students at Blue River Community College and Longview Community College. He and his wife, Casey, have 2 children.
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