Interim Pastor & Consultant
Mark Clifton is a church planter, church revitalizer, mission strategist, coach, and mentor to young leaders. He has planted numerous churches and most recently replanted a dying urban core church in Kansas City, MO. Presently, Mark is the Senior Director of Replanting at the North American Mission Board.
He has led in numerous national conferences on church planting and revitalization, consulted and coached leaders, churches and denominational entities throughout North America, and has taught in a variety of settings including colleges and seminaries.
Additionally, Mark has served as a national and regional leader for church planting and missions. His experience includes serving as the lead mission strategist for the Kansas Nebraska Southern Baptist Convention, leading church planting efforts in the regions of North Metro Atlanta, GA, serving as a church planter in Montreal, Quebec, and as a Southern Baptist National Church Planting Missionary for eastern Canada and leading Southern Baptist church planting projects west of the Mississippi. John Mark has been planting, replanting and providing strategic mission leadership since 1978.
Mark is married to Jill, who is a city planner in metro Kansas City. Mark & Jill have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandsons.
Minister of Administration & Education
Jody Baker has been on McElwain’s staff since 1981, and has served as the church’s Minister of Administration & Education since 1996. She is a graduate of Samford University (B.S. ‘80), U.A.B. (M.E. ’81) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MCE ‘90). Jody’s passion is helping people use their gifts for the Kingdom. In her spare time, Jody enjoys reading, traveling, and sports.
Minister to Children
Ana Dutton has served on McElwain’s staff as the Minister to Children since 2014. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology with a minor in Children’s Ministry from Southeastern Bible College in 2015.
Growing up, Ana was active in her local church’s children’s ministry from a young age. After almost pursuing a career in culinary arts, she finally submitted to the Lord and His call to minister to children.
Ana has been married to Edwin since May 2015. They both have a strong passion for the children who come through the doors of McElwain. It is her hope that each child, family, and volunteer know that they are loved by the Lord!
In her extra time, Ana enjoys reading, bargain shopping, cooking, and traveling.