Meet The Team

Dr. Wayne Geiger

Lead Pastor

Dr. Wayne Geiger has been the pastor of First Baptist Grain Valley since May of 2015. He earned his undergraduate degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has an MS in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary, an MA in Speech Communication from University of Central Missouri, and a Master of Theology and Doctor of Educational Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Wayne has served as the pastor of several churches in Louisiana and Missouri and has worked in Christian radio for more than twenty-five years–most recently as co-host of the morning show on Life 88.5 Kansas City. He and his wife, Kimberly, have been married for over thirty-five years. Together, they have four children, Rachael, Josh, Bekah, and Jon. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys hanging out with Kimberly, reading, and running. He is also the Chaplain for the Grain Valley Police Department and the Blue Springs Police Department, an Adjunct Professor of Speech at Johnson County Community College, and an instructor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rev. Paul Corder

Pastor of Worship and Education

Rev. Paul Corder is the Pastor of Worship and Education. In addition to overseeing all worship ministries, Paul leads worship in the 9 AM service, directs the adult choir, and oversee the educational ministries of the church.

Paul has a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in pastoral care from Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas. He also has a B.S. in Church Music, vocal emphasis from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and an A.A. in English from Hannibal LaGrange College, Hannibal, Missouri.

Paul and his wife Natasha have one son, Samuel.

Kelcy Beyers

Contemporary Worship Leader

Kelcy Beyers has led worship at First Baptist Church of Grain Valley since 2013 and is our worship leader in the contemporary service (10:30 AM). Kelcy taught herself how to play guitar when she was a student at Mizzou. She quickly used her gift of music to begin leading worship for the FCA program at Mizzou and at her summer job as a whitewater rafting guide in Colorado. Kelcy and her husband Cody have three children: Finley, Fallon, and Flora. Kelcy grew up attending First Baptist Church of Grain Valley and is excited to serve at her church in this capacity!

Blake Wyatt

Student Ministries

Blake Wyatt is our Minister of ROCK Student Ministries (6th Grade - 12th Grade). He is married to his wife, Kelsay. Blake has served in various capacities of youth ministry for several years and is a student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminar completing a degree in youth ministry.

Sarah Earley

Children's Ministries

Sarah was hired in the Fall of 2021 as our Student Ministries Coordinator. She is married to her husband Chris, who is a Deacon at our church. Together, they have 4 children: Annalynn, Eli, Samuel, and Emily. Sarah oversees everything from newborn babies to 6th graders attending Sunday School on Sunday mornings. She is excited to get to serve at the church that she grew up in and help make an impact similar to the way her life was impacted by the children's program when she was a child attending church here!

Laura Linn-Smith

Church Secretary

Laura Linn-Smith has served as church secretary at First Baptist Church of Grain Valley since February 2022. She is a seasoned office professional and is excited to serve the Lord and His church at First Baptist. Laura is married to her husband, Kyle Smith. They have 2 children, Wesley, who attends Avila University and Olivia, who graduates in May from Grain Valley High School.