Our Elders


Carey and Karen were born in St. Joseph and made the Carnegie campus their church home for many decades. “We have raised our family here in the south side and are enjoying the many opportunities of friendship available in this part of the city.” Carey and Karen consider it a privilege to worship and serve through their association with JBC and the South Side, and are excited to see what the Lord will be doing next, not only in their daily walk, but in the growth of the Body of Christ through Journey Baptist Church. Carey is a licensed and ordained minister.


Ron started attending King Hill Baptist Church 1983 and is currently and elder at Journey Baptist Church. He is married to Kay, his wife since 1964. They have 3 sons, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His oldest son Damon, and wife Staci, have a son and two daughters and live in Pleasant Valley, Mo. His oldest daughter, Elizabeth, has 2 sons and lives in Blue Springs, Mo. Ryan and Chad are identical twin boys. Ryan, and wife Lori, have two daughters and live in Lees Summit, Mo. Chad, and wife Kelli, have 3 sons and live in St Louis, Mo. He has been a teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District for 5 yrs., KMart manager for 30 yrs., and an employee of Citi Bank credit cards then Student Loans for 7+ yrs.. He now enjoys retirement. He graduated from Emporia State Teachers College with a B S in Ed. He accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord at the age of 6. He has served as a deacon in several churches through moving his family because of his job. He now serves as Elder doing ministry to the widows and those in the hospital. He loves serving God, singing praises to God, playing golf, keeping fit at the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Center, and doing things with his family and the body of Christ family.


Eldon L. Green is a native of St. Joseph and has lived here all his life. He was saved dramatically on February 16,1966, at the age of twenty five. He and his wife, Nancy, joined King Hill Baptist Church in November 1967 and is currently an elder at Journey Baptist Church. He was ordained as a deacon in October 1969. Eldon and his family served at Journey until 1982. Eldon worked at Armour’s, owned and operated a retail shop, and owned and managed rental properties. He has done a lot of renovating and remodeling on many properties. He is now semi-retired. Eldon and Nancy have been married for fifty two years. Nancy taught thirty years in the St. Joseph School District and is now retired. The Greens have one daughter and son-in-law, Carey and Ed Kennon, who live in Nixa, Missouri. They have one son, Matthew. The Greens also have one son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Kristi, who have two sons, Noah and Aaron. The Greens reside in St. Joseph. Eldon and Nancy share their home with one active and expressive Jack Russell, Mazy, who follows many rules of her own making. The Greens spend their time with children, grandchildren, family, and friends. They enjoy the fellowship and support of the church body. They like participating in small and large groups. They look forward to prayer times and seeing God answer prayers. They are eager to see what God will be doing at Journey Baptist Church.


Barth “Chip” Allison is an elder in training. He was born in 1952 and has been a life long resident of St Joseph. He married his wife, Raydena in 1988. He was saved and baptised in 1970. He has been a Deacon at King Hill Baptist Church for 20 years and now currently serving with Journey Baptist Church. Raydena and Chip have 3 children, Breanna Allison, Victoria (Allison) Silber (husband Nathan), and Gregory Allison. He is retired from work at GM. His interests include music (playing drums in the church praise band), serving the Lord, and grilling.


Rich Wells has served the Lord for many years at the Carnegie campus. Rich has been a deacon and an adult Bible teacher during that time, and now serves as an elder with Journey. Rich is married to Sue who faithfully ministers to the church through writing cards and notes of encouragement.