Meet Our Staff

Mario James

Operations Director

Phone: (816) 241-1431 ext 373

Mario serves to develop and maintain effective and efficient processes are produced so the vision Pastor Brooks has for Macedonia is executed.

Mario likes to restore classic muscle cars and he also enjoys taking long nature walks. Mario has been married to Emily James since 2006 and has 4 children, Gabrielle, Mario Jr., Angela, and Aden James  


LaShawn Blackmon

Assimilation Director

Phone: (816) 241-1431 ext. 384

LaShawn connects members to ministry leaders and help them get connected so one can serve in Ministry. 
LaShawn enjoys reading books, listening to music, shopping and spending time with family and friends.


Antwan Powell

Pastoral Resident

Phone: (816) 241-1431 ext. 311

The Pastoral Resident is a four-year mentoring program designed to train and equip leaders for the church of tomorrow. This role is a full-time position and shares duties between Macedonia Baptist Church and Journey Church of Olathe Kansas. The Pastoral Resident must be willing to take classes toward a theology degree. Antwan also is currently serving as a Macedonia Intern as well.

Antwan is a Kansas City native and an avid Chiefs fan. He is married and have 5 wonderful children. He enjoys spending time with family, reading, videography, learning about investing, and grilling. In addition, he has had a lot of hands-on experience with production and multimedia during the time of pandemic and beyond.


Patrick Riley

Young Adult Director

Phone: (816) 241-1431 ext. 381

Patrick oversees all aspects of the Young Adult aged ministry. He is responsible for continuing to develop, strategize and implement the vision and mission of Macedonia Baptist Church’s Young Adult Ministry. 


Patrick is married to Lindsey Riley, they have 4 children in the family. Patrick is a Kansas City native who enjoys working out, playing basketball, reading and spending time with family.


Mark Weaver

Visitation Pastor/IT Manager

Phone: (816) 241-1431 ext. 318

Mark is responsible for reaching the members of Macedonia during their time of need during illness and the loss of a loved one.  He coordinates the monthly Visitation Schedule for the Preacher's and Deacons.  As well as provide visitation to the Senior Pastor accordingly. 

Mark is married to Naomi Weaver, and they have 7 children and 8 grandchildren in the family.  Mark enjoys studying and teaching.   His is twice retired (Air Force and life) and enjoying the fruit of his labor. 



Administrative Assistant to Senior Pastor & Project Director

Phone: (816) 241-1431 ext. 301

Donna serves as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor, her varied role is focused on serving and assisting the senior pastor to allow him to be available to serve the members of Macedonia.

Donna is the mother of two adult children. Being involved and active in her community, she serves as a Board Director for the Raytown School District.


Judi Johnson

Office Manager

Phone:(816) 241-1431 ext. 300

Judi supports the staff goals by managing the office with the latest technology, equipment, and supplies to propel the ministry to excellence.

Judi is married to Deacon Clifton Johnson.  They love spending quality time with family; Sunday dinners, traveling, holiday gatherings, but game nights are the best.  Judi says although teaching is not at the top of her spiritual gifts, she loves studying and sharing the Word of God with others.  It gives her great joy when Christians develop a personal relationship with God through the Holy Spirit as they grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


Jay Morgan

Teen Director

Phone:(816) 241-1431 ext. 382

Jay’s primary role is to provide spiritual education and guidance to teens at Macedonia. His efforts are rooted in his passion to help teens learn about and experience the Love of Christ and to develop and prepare them for whatever God’s calling is on their lives, now and in the future. 

Jay is a Kansas City, Kansas native. He is the youngest Deacon ever ordained at Macedonia and is married to Deaconess Shayla Morgan. They have three beautiful children; who Jay loves supporting in all their extra-curricular activities . Finally, Jay loves the Philadelphia Eagles!!! “Fly Eagles Fly”