First Baptist of Basehor gains new pastor
A new face will be seen around First Baptist Church of Basehor.
The Rev. Duane McCracken is the new pastor at First Baptist Church and led his first Sunday service at the church Aug. 20. He was the pastor at the First Baptist Church of Fort Scott for 10 years before deciding to come to Basehor.
"It was God's leadership," McCracken said about the decision to come to Basehor. "The church contacted me and in seeking the Lord's direction, I found that it was His desire and will that I come pastor this church."
McCracken graduated from Ottawa University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1979 and has been a pastor in Kansas, Ohio and Iowa since then. He has also traveled around the world on mission trips. One of the most significant trips, he said, was one he took to Haiti a little more than two years ago.
"I preached on a Sunday morning at 6:30," he said. "They have services early there because there is no air conditioning. There were 800 people there; standing room only. For a westerner to see that many people at 6:30 in the morning is quite an experience."
He also recalls going on medical missions and talking to 50-year-old people who had never seen a doctor.
"You come back thankful to live in a country where everyone at least has access to a doctor," he said. "It was quite an eye-opening experience, to say the least."
His daughter, Danae, a senior at Ottawa University, will be following in her father's footsteps and travel in January to Haiti on a mission trip. McCracken also has a wife, Trena and a son, Clark, who teaches in the Kansas City Kan., school district.
McCracken leads Sunday morning worship at 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday night Bible study at 7 p.m. A nursery is provided. He describes the response from the church as tremendous and is looking forward to getting to know the community.
"My basic goal is to help this church be all that God wants it to be," he said. "It is great to be in Basehor. I'm excited to be a part of the community, and it's wonderful."