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Our church follows a leadership model we see prescribed for our benefit in Scripture. The “elder-led” approach provides us with sound guidance from biblically-qualified men. All elders meet the stated qualifications for this office as laid out in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. They meet regularly to pray and provide spiritual oversight on matters concerning the church. For more information email our elders.

Todd Arnold

Todd ArnoldTodd and his family have been members of Summit Woods since February, 2007. Todd, his wife Jodi, and their son, Matt have been actively serving our congregation in a variety of ways. In addition to their regular evangelistic ministries across Kansas City, Todd and Jodi have been hosting Bible studies in their home for a number of years. They are host and leaders of a Growth Group and for the past year, Todd has been regularly teaching and serving in our student ministries. Todd has also joined the preaching rotation on Sunday evenings, preaching to our church this past Spring. His commitment to the local church is evident. Jodi regularly meets with a group of ladies for mentoring and discipleship, has taught a women’s class in the past, and is also currently serving as a small group leader for a women’s group that meets each Wednesday evening. Their son Matt loves Christ and makes that evident in the ways he seeks to evangelize others and personally grow in his intake of God’s word, even with his physical challenges.

Bret Capranica

Bret2014Bret was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas and became a follower of Christ at age 14. Through many opportunities and constant input from his local church, Bret was convicted to pursue pastoral ministry. At age 18, he began pastoring a small church in Texas. He received a Bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M in 1993, a Master of Divinity degree from The Masters Seminary in 2001, and a Doctorate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminaryin 2010. He pastored two churches in Southern California before being called to Summit Woods in 2010 as Pastor-Teacher. Bret is married to Kelly (since 2001) and they have three children, Brie, Emi, and David. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, reading and following presidential history, and if he can find some time, playing a round of golf.

Brett Harris

Brett Harris.JPGBrett was born and raised near Buffalo, NY. Shortly before his senior year in high school, they moved to Blue Springs, MO. After dropping out of college, he worked for a small manufacturing company and a co-worker faithfully shared the gospel with Brett. Eventually, he found himself talking to the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Independence about what it meant to follow Christ, and became a believer at 21. Brett returned to college, graduating with a bachelor's degree from Central Missouri State University, and is currently employed by Children's Mercy Hospital as a computer programmer. It was at college that he met his wife - Julie. They have been married since May 1992 and have three children - Wes, Maggie, and Claire. Brett has been a member of Summit Woods Baptist Church since mid-1998, just a few months after SWBC, and has served in a number of ministry and leadership positions. Brett served as one of Summit Woods original elders, from 2009-2012.

Sam Karl

Sam2014Sam accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 16 years old. He grew up in Southern India. Since knowing the Lord from his teen years, Sam has served in children, youth, worship and outreach ministries.

Sam and his wife Carol came to Summit Woods in 2007. Sam also serves as an Adult Bible Fellowship teacher. Sam loves driving through the countryside and spending time with the Lord enjoying nature. He enjoys spending time with his wife Carol and they both enjoy singing praises and walking together.

Adam Naler

Adam Naler updatedAdam has been a member of Summit Woods since 2006. Adam and his wife Sarah (and their sons Brogan, Gillen and Connell) have been actively serving our congregation in a variety of ways. In addition to their numerous overseas mission trips, Adam has served Summit Woods in teaching Equipping Classes, serving on the Personnel Team, Finance Team, the choir ministry, small group leader,and nursery ministry. He has demonstrated a solid character that exemplifies the qualities called for of an elder, and his commitment to the local church is evident. Sarah has served faithfully at Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Center, and has been serving on Wednesday evenings as a women’s small group leader. She also regularly meets with women for discipleship.

Rob Stouffer

Rob2014Rob was born and raised on a family farm in west central Missouri. Rob was saved at the age of 12 while attending a small country church, Zoar Baptist Church. He left the farm to pursue a college degree in Business Administration and Political Science from William Jewell College. He then obtained an MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC. Rob has been a small business owner since 1995. Rob married his high school sweetheart, Rachel, in 1993 after they both graduated college. They have lived in the Lee’s Summit area since their wedding. God has blessed them with a son, Bennett, and daughter, Madeline.

Rob and Rachel felt called to join SWBC in 1999. Shortly after joining, Rob started serving in the student ministry. He has taught a young adult class for the last several years. Rob has served on various committees including serving as chairman of the personnel and finance committees. He was ordained as a deacon in 2004. In May 2007, when church voted to adopt elder leadership, Rob served as an interim elder until the church’s first elders were elected in May 2009. Rob was first elected to serve as an elder in September 2009.