Senior Pastor of Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene
Shawn O’Connor grew up as a pastor’s kid in the Church of the Nazarene on the Seattle Pacific District and then spent his high school years on the Missouri District. He attended MNU as a religion major but felt a call to creative access missions, so he strategically changed his major and graduated with a degree in Sociology in 2004. Shawn worked as a social worker in Kansas City and a part-time Youth Pastor while going through the Nazarene credentialing process. In 2005, he met his wife Haley at a youth group event, she was one of the youth sponsors and the sister of one of his best friends. Shawn and Haley were married in 2007 and accepted a position as the Family Pastors at a non-denominational church in Merced, California. They were responsible for a children’s program of 100+ kids each week. Shawn completed his Masters in Missiology during this time and Haley, her bachelors in Elementary Education. While serving the Lord in California, they were blessed with their first-born child, Ethan. Shortly, thereafter, Shawn and Haley answered a call to serve as missionaries and sold all their possessions in order to transition to a new life overseas in China. They worked with the Church of the Nazarene on the Asia-Pacific District from 2010-2015 and were able to plant a church that the locals named “The Grapevine.” During those years, they grew to have a deeper understanding of cross-cultural church planting, went on many exciting adventures throughout Asia and were blessed with their second child, Micah! In 2015, the O’Connors made the choice to come back to the USA in order to get their youngest son Micah better therapy for Speech Apraxia and Autism. They spent the next 2 years struggling to find exactly where they fit stateside, but the Lord was faithful to take care of them in their weakness and eventually guided them in May 2017 to an exciting call to be servant-leaders at Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene.
Youth Director: Kevin Winn
Kevin came on at Fort Osage Church as the new Youth Director Intern. He and his wife, Beth, have lived in the Kansas City area since 2008. They have two children, Hannah and Elijah, who will soon be teens themselves! They have attended Fort Osage Church for more than nine years and have volunteered and served in many different capacities throughout the various church ministries. Kevin enjoys playing guitar (or any stringed instrument), being artistic, and encouraging others. He loves working with young people, children, teens, young adults, even infants/babies! In collaboration with the Fort Osage Pastor & staff, he strives to provide young people with wisdom, a solid Biblical foundation, and the hope of a lifelong devotion to God and to follow Jesus Christ’s teachings.
Children’s Director: Interim–Cassie Pearson
Cassie is a student at Mid-America Nazarene University where she is working towards getting her degree in Children’s MInistry. She’s filling in at present for our Children’s Director as an interim. As our Children’s Department looks at revamping their space, Cassie will keep things moving with the children of Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene!
Hispanic Ministries Director: Eleany Ospina
Ministerio Hispano/ Hispanic Ministry: Eleany Ospina de G.
Eleany ha sido nazarena por los últimos 20 años y se le ha otorgado una Licencia Distrital Ministerial. Ella vive in Independence Missouri con su esposo Henry y su hijo menor Kevin. Su lenguaje primario es español y siente el llamado en alcanzar para Cristo la comunidad de habla hispana de Fort Osage. Actualmente es estudiante del Colegio Bíblico Nazareno y se está especializando en Ministerios pastorales. Se graduará para el otoño del 2019.
Eleany has been a Nazarene for the last 20 years. She holds a District’s Minister License. She lives in Independence with her husband Henry and their younger child Kevin. Her primary language is Spanish and felt the calling on reaching out to the Hispanic community here at the Fort. Currently she is a student at Nazarene Bible College and is pursuing a major in Pastoral Ministries. She will be graduated in the fall of 2019.
Music Director: Kati Smith
Kati has grown up attending Fort Osage Church, and is honored to be serving as the Director of Music Ministry in our weekly Sunday worship services. Along with directing music, Kati is involved in Children’s Ministry leading special music programs. Kati, along with her husband, Bronson live in Blue Springs, with their three young children, Carter, Lucas & Abby.
Financial Secretary: Debby Fisher
Debby handles all our financial needs with the church along with administrative pastoral duties to support the pastoral staff. Debby has been with Fort Osage for over 16 years. She is married to her husband Craig and has two children, Karah and Kahner.
Church Secretary: Martha Adams
Martha handles all publications and printed materials in regards to the church along with building rentals. If you are interested in renting the church facility, you’ll need to speak to Martha. Martha is married to Curtis and has 4 grown children and 5 1/2 grandchildren.