After marrying his wife Joy in 2007, Samuel moved to the Kansas City area to begin teaching at Blue Ridge Christian School in the summer of 2008. By November, he and Joy had discovered Summit Woods Baptist Church, where they later became members. While attending Summit Woods, Samuel was able to participate on the worship team; he and Joy served together in the children’s ministry, and Samuel later became an interim leader in the junior high and high school student ministries. From there he decided to pursue seminary training at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to prepare for serving full-time in the local church. While attending seminary, Summit Woods graciously released him in the fall of 2013 to begin serving at Central Baptist Church in Northeast Kansas City. While attending Central, he was presented with the opportunity to become the Pastor in July of 2013. Presently, he is serving as an elder and pastor of Central.
Lead Pastor: Samuel Nelson
Burundi Pastor: Byamungu Dany
Pastor Dany was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) and raise by Christian parents. As a result of war, Dany and his family moved to Tanzania when he was 12. He and his family lived in a refugee camp where Dany went to school. In 1997 Dany repented of his sins and gave His life to Christ. He was then baptized and began leading the choir in his church. In 2008 Dany and his family moved to the United States (Phoenix, Arizona).
While living in Arizona, Dany married his wife, M. Devote, in May of 2010. Dany and his family later moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began going to Central Baptist Church. God’s direction was evident for Dany and his family to move to Missouri as they were planning to move to another state. Dany got to know several of the families attending the Burundi service and began helping with the choir and translating sermons (Dany speaks Kirundi, Swahili, French, English and a few other African languages).
The leadership of Central Baptist Church saw God using Dany to lead the Burundi congregation. After prayer, discussion with Dany and observing God working through Dany’s life, Pastor Omar asked Dany to consider becoming the pastor of the Burundi congregation at Central. Dany prayerfully considered the opportunity and also could sense God calling him into this new role. On 10 March 2013, Byamungu Dany was ordained as the first pastor of the Burundi congregation at Central Baptist Church. Dany and Devote have two children Divine (3) and Devin (2).
Dany Mchungaji alizaliwa katika Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasi ya Kongo (Zaire) na kuongeza kwa wazazi wa kikristo. Kama matokeo ya vita, Dany na familia yake walihamia Tanzania wakati alikuwa na miaka 12. Yeye na familia yake aliishi katika kambi ya wakimbizi ambapo Dany walikwenda shule. Katika Dany 1997 alitubu dhambi zake na alitoa maisha yake kwa Kristo. Yeye alikuwa kisha kubatizwa na kuanza kuongoza kwaya katika kanisa lake. Katika 2008 Dany na familia yake walihamia Marekani (Phoenix, Arizona).
Wakati wanaoishi katika Arizona, Dany ndoa mke wake, M. Kujishughulisha, Mei ya 2010. Dany na familia yake ya baadaye alihamia Kansas City, Missouri na alianza kwenda Kati Baptist Church. Mwelekeo wa Mungu ulikuwa wazi kwa Dany na familia yake kwa hoja na Missouri kama wao walikuwa mipango ya kuhamia nchi nyingine. Dany got kujua kadhaa wa jamaa ya kuhudhuria huduma Burundi na alianza kusaidia na kwaya na mahubiri kutafsiri (Dany anaongea Kirundi, Kiswahili, Kifaransa, Kiingereza na lugha nyingine kadhaa za Afrika).
Uongozi wa Kati Baptist Church waliona Mungu kutumia Dany kuongoza mkutano Burundi. Baada ya sala, majadiliano na Dany na kuchunguza Mungu kufanya kazi kupitia maisha Dany wa, Mchungaji Omar aliuliza Dany kufikiria kuwa mchungaji wa mkutano Burundi katika Kati. Dany maombi kuchukuliwa nafasi na pia naweza kuhisi Mungu kumwita yeye katika jukumu hili jipya. Tarehe 10 Machi 2013, Dany Byamungu ililetwa kama mchungaji wa kwanza wa kusanyiko Burundi katika Central Baptist Church. Dany na Kujishughulisha na watoto wawili wa Kimungu (3) na Devin (2).