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History of Midland

Midland Ministries was established on October 18th, 1977, with our first Youth Rally held in Hiawatha, Kansas. We are an independent, inter-denominational youth ministry.

Our “Statement of Purpose” is: “To further the Kingdom of God with all age groups, to aid and minister to the local church and together as God directs to fulfill the Great Commission, in order that we may be used to make a difference in our world for Christ.

Under the Direction of Jon Henderson, our ministries include:

Midland Ministries Staff

Jon Henderson - Executive Director and CEO
Jack Hager - Director of Staff Development
Andrew Johnson - Hyde-ing Place Youth Center Director
Jessica Schrock - Administrative Assistant
Jim Lumpkin - Computer Tech and Web Master
Walt Brown - Camp and Conference Center Manager
Thomas Gudde - Music and Youth Ministries
George Fizer - Evangelist and Outdoor Ministries
Josh Embrey - Youth Ministry
Don Herschberger - Youth Ministries
Jodi Brager - Southside Youth Outreach Director
Tom Brager - Southside Youth Outreach Co-Director
Shane Sanderson - Child Rescue Director
Stan Nelson - Child Rescue
Cole McCauley - Child Rescue
Shelby Henderson - Child Rescue

Midland Board of Directors

Dr. Steve Southard - Chairman, St. Joseph Missouri
Chip Allison - Vice-Chairman, St. Joseph, Missouri
Gregg Oswald - Treasurer, Muscotah, Kansas
Jon Henderson - Executive Director, St. Joseph, Missouri
Brad Weeks - Board Chaplin, St. Joseph, Missouri
Dennis McKittrick - Troy Kansas
Bob Rimmer - Rayville, Missouri


How is Midland financed?

Our ongoing outreach to teenagers and their families only continues because of friends like you who have a burden “Go” and give financially. Each of our Staff members raises 100% of their salary and general ministry needs. All gifts should be made out to Midland Ministries (whether designated for “General Ministry” or for a Staff Member) and will be tax-deductible. Perhaps today God has revealed you, that you too, need to be involved in this ministry through your financial giving, as well as your prayer support. Remember, your gift will count for all eternity. May God Bless You.

“Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” (Philippians 4:17)


Where do we minister?

Our primary focus is on the St. Joseph area and the surrounding communities. Our staff has made ourselves available in and out of this area for:

  1. Pulpit Supply
  2. Rally Speakers
  3. Camp Speakers

Plus to help in anyway we can to further God’s Kingdom.


A Special Note from the Director

On behalf of 4–Board of Directors, as well as our full-time staff, I want to express our gratitude to you for taking a few moments to look over Midland Ministries.

We hope and pray that after spending a little time with us you will discover what God is doing in and through us and that you too will want to be a part.

Dr. Al Metsker, the founder of Kansas City Youth For Christ, had a dream of establishing ministries all over the United States with the purpose of reaching teens with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Midland was a part of that dream. Originally established with a Youth Rally held on October 18th, 1977, Midland operated as an associate ministry of KCYFC until July of 1989. KCYFC desired to concentrate on the metropolitan Kansas City area and requested that ministries outside Kansas City, become independent of KCYFC.

On July 1, 1989, we officially became Midland Ministries.

Since then God has blessed in many wonderful ways as we have seen countless lives changed for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. Catch the vision! (Proverbs 29:18) Then we would ask you to do one of the following:

PRAY—We need people to pray for the ongoing work and that God will bless.

GIVE—We need people to give in many ways. Give your time as a volunteer or give of yourself by telling others about our work or give financially to help meet our ongoing needs in this ministry.

GO—We need people to serve the Lord in a full-time capacity. Give us a call so we could talk to you about the possibilities, they are endless!

Jon Henderson (Matthew 5:16)
Midland Ministries Executive Director