Pastoral Staff

Senior Pastor, Robert Stephenson

Pastor Robert Stephenson joined the pastoral staff of Graceway Baptist Church in 1996 as associate pastor. He was called as senior pastor in May of 2000.

Pastor Bob began his ministry on the staff of Jack Van Impe Ministries International where he served as Assistant Media Director and Assistant Producer for the “Jack Van Impe Presents” radio and television programs. Following this, he served on the faculty of Macomb Christian School as high school Bible teacher and on the pastoral staff of Ryan Road Baptist Church in Warren, Michigan as youth pastor and later associate pastor.

Pastor Bob holds undergraduate degrees from Macomb College, Liberty University and Baptist Bible College; and received both his Master of Theological Studies and his Master of Divinity degrees from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. He is certified in dispute resolution through The National Center for Dispute Settlement.

Pastor Bob currently serves as treasurer of the Missouri Baptist Bible Fellowship; as a Missions Committeeman and Field Representative for the Baptist Bible Fellowship International; as chaplain for the Springfield Police Department; and as president of the Police Chaplains Association of Springfield, Missouri.

Pastor Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Kim, for thirty three years. They have one daughter, Cassie.  Bob and Kim enjoy exploring the United States on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

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Discipleship Pastor, Kyle Gangel 


Pastor Kyle joined the pastoral staff of Graceway in 2010. Kyle trusted Christ as Savior as a teenager growing up in Canon City, Colorado. As God worked in his life, Kyle became convinced that vocational ministry was something he should pursue.

He enrolled in Baptist Bible College and graduated with his bachelors degree in pastoral studies in 2008. He also earned an M.A. in Biblical Counseling and M. Div. from Baptist Bible Graduate School in 2012.

Kyle was the student pastor at Graceway until 2017 when he transitioned to the role of discipleship pastor.

Kyle married his wife Elisabeth, who grew up on the mission field, in May of 2008.  Together, they have three sons, Brennan (June, 15 2011), Harrison (June 14, 2014), and Calvin (January 25, 2018).


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Worship Pastor, Jon Williams


Pastor Jon joined the staff of Graceway Baptist Church in August 2013 as the Worship Pastor.

Jon received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Missions and Bible from Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO in May 2003. Jon and his family have served as missionaries in Mexico City, Mexico for the past 10 years. The Williams’ were short-term missionaries from 2003 to 2008 and they were career missionaries from 2009 to 2012.

Jon has enjoyed being involved in several ministries such as: shepherding a church, regularly preaching the Word of God, leading music, holding discipleship meetings, supervising a feeding center as an outreach of the church, and organizing camps for unsaved teenagers.

Jon and his wife, Kim, have been married since 1999 and have four children as follows: Isabelle, Brendan, Olivia, and Jackson.

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Family Life Pastor, Tyler Shores


Pastor Tyler joined the pastoral team in August 2013 as Family Life Pastor after serving for several years in the college ministry of Graceway.

Tyler trusted in Christ as a child but it wasn’t until late in his teen years that he began to sense that it was God’s plan for him to serve through pastoral ministry. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Studies from Baptist Bible College, Tyler went on to earn his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling and Master of Divinity from Baptist Bible Graduate School.

Tyler’s passion is to help people come to know God’s grace and love available through Jesus Christ for the first time and equip believers to love like Christ loves.

Tyler is married to his college sweetheart, Kendall. In July 2013 they welcomed their first daughter, Rory Charlotte.

. . . Go Blue!

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Student Pastor, Bon Waller


Pastor Bon joined the staff of Graceway in January of 2018 as the Student Pastor after serving 3+ years as a counselor in the student ministries.

Bon trusted in Christ for salvation in 2011 under the ministry of Phil Hopkins at East Side Baptist Church in Independence, MO. After some time in service and leadership in the youth group, Phil urged Bon to consider pastoral ministry. Months later, Bon arrived to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. He has since earned a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies and is currently working on his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Counseling and his M. Div.

Bon and Kristan were married on May 27, 2017. Kristan is currently working on her Bachelor’s of Marketing in Advertising at Missouri State. Together they love to travel, watch Netflix, and hang out with students

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