Student Life

The Student Life Office

Meet the Team

Sam Bierig

Director of Student Life and Events

Hometown: Tyler, TX

Family: I am second born of four siblings. I have been married to the fetching Mrs. Mallory Bierig now for 7 years. We have one daughter, Abby Mae and one more baby on the way.

Degree program: PhD Candidate

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Joe’s Kansas City

Most Impactful Book: Mortification of Sin by John Owen

Amy Gilmore

Campus Life Coordinator

Hometown: Mount Vernon, MO

Family: The members of my immediate family are still some of the most important relationships in my life, and I love them dearly! I’m grateful for the legacy of ministry and faith that my parents have built over the years, and I’m also grateful to be very close to my two sisters.

Degree program: MACO Graduate

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Jack Stack or Q39

Most Impactful Book: As a kid, I would have said the “Chronicles of Narnia,” hands down. As an adult, the book “Hind’s Feet on High Places” has recently been impactful. (I guess I’m a sucker for a good allegorical story!)

Sam Sykora

Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Homer, LA

Family: I have 4 sisters and one brother. My husband’s name is Tyler, and we have been married for nearly 4 years. The newest member of our family is our sweet puppy, Lyla Belle.

Degree Program: Mdiv with emphasis in Biblical Languages

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Joe’s Kansas City BBQ – Everyone needs to eat at the original location at least once!

Most Impactful Book: Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

Allyson Todd

Female Undergraduate RA

Hometown: Born in Arlington, TX, but the family still lives in Dallas, GA.

Family: I have two younger sisters, one with special needs and one who looks like my twin. My whole family loves Jesus, which is a grace from God.

Degree Program: I am currently working on a Masters of Divinity

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Joe’s Kansas City

Most Impactful Book: The most impactful book EVER has been Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The most impactful book this year was Notes from a Tilt-A-Whirl by N. D. Wilson

Brady Hanssen

Male Undergraduate RA

Hometown: Kearney, Missouri

Family: I have two younger sisters: Allie, who also works at Midwestern, and Nicole who is a student at the University of Central Missouri.

Degree Program: Master of Divinity

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Joe’s Kansas City

Most Impactful Book: The Knowledge of the Holy – A.W. Tozer

Reese Hammond

Male Graduate RA

Hometown: Plattsburg, MO

Family: I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Lisa for 2 1/2 years. I also have 5 sisters, 2 sister-in-laws, and a brother. I also have 10 nieces and nephews who have prepared me well to be a future father.

Degree program: Master of Divinity
Favorite Kansas City BBQ: This may be heretical, but the best BBQ I’ve had was made by my own family. Restaurant wise, they all kind of taste the same to me. I haven’t been to Q39 yet, so there may be some hope to actually have a favorite.

Most Impactful Book: “Attributes of God” by A.W. Pink

Lauren Lefler

Female Graduate RA

Hometown: Conway, Arkansas

Family: My parents, Mike and Teresa, live in Conway, along with my two younger sisters, Morgan, Olivia, and brother-in-law, Justin.

Degree program: Masters of Divinity

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Q39

Most Impactful Book: Desiring God by John Piper

Gavin Roberts

Student Leadership President

Hometown: Shady Grove, AR

Family: Haley Roberts – my wife, Finley – our daughter who is coming soon, and Chase – my twin brother who is also an Mdiv student at MBTS.

Degree program: Mdiv

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Joe’s Kansas City

Most Impactful Book: Manly Dominion by Mark Chanski



Fall Enrollment Days

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fall Enrollment Days

August 1 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

New Student Orientation

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Welcome Week

The Midwestern community kicks off the new semester with a week of events featuring Royals Tailgating, Bonfire & S’mores, New Student Orientation, Dinner at the Deans, Move In Day.

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival is an annual themed event held at the Gazebos. From the Wild Wild Midwest to the Harvest Jamboree, this event has featured food, fellowship, and festivities for the whole Midwestern community. Bring your best dessert or best themed attire for a chance to win a prize!

Spring Picnic

Every Spring, Student Life hosts a picnic featuring a whiffle ball showdown of faculty vs. students. The competition is thick, but the fellowship is great! Join us for this year’s Spring Picnic to see who takes the win!

Parents’ Night Out

It’s important for mom and dad to have a date night as often as possible. We know that can be challenging, especially trying to find someone to watch your kids. So, let us take care of that for you – for free. Parents, have a night out. We’ll watch the kids. Our volunteers are ready to give you an evening to yourself at Parent’s Night Out!

The Gathering

Join us for a special night of music, fellowship, and gospel-centered teaching at The Gathering. It is a service for students interested in deepening their affection for Christ and strengthening their connection with one another. All students are welcome at this important time of worship.

Midwestern Bowl

Got enough grit for our gridiron? Recruit your team to be a part of Midwestern’s annual flag football tournament: The Midwestern Bowl. This 6 on 6 tournament takes place at the ball field. Food is provided during the event, so bring a lawn chair to join in the tailgating fun!

Run for the Nations 5k

Put some mileage in your mission! Join us for Midwestern’s annual Run For The Nations 5K, hosted by Student Life & Events and Fusion. This fun event raises money for mission work around the globe through our Fusion program.

The Community

Midwestern Evangelistic Teams

Dr. Tom Johnston founded the Midwestern Evangelistic Teams (MET) as the practical arm of his evangelism classes, gathering students every Saturday morning to share the Gospel through door-to-door evangelism in partnership with local churches.

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Midwestern Missions Fellowship

The Midwestern Missions Fellowship meets three to four times a semester on Friday evenings for the purpose of fellowshipping with students, spouses, and faculty who are interested in International and North American missions.

For information on the Midwestern Missions Fellowship, contact Dr. Hadaway at (816) 414-3778 or by e-mail at You may also contact Dr. Suarez at (816) 414-3748 or by e-mail at

MWI Connect

MWI Connect was created for the women of MBTS as a resource for making connections with other ladies on campus. We’ve found that reaching out and forming lasting, Godly friendships during this time in our ladies’ lives is imperative to creating a necessary support system to draw from, both now and after moving on from Midwestern.

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Music Ministry

Singers – Seminary students, spouses, faculty and staff join together to form Midwestern’s choral group, the Midwestern Singers. The choral group provides special music for the seminary chapel services, programs and events. One hour of free credit may be earned through participation with this group.
Praise Team – The Midwestern Praise Team is a group of students who actively lead in worship both on campus, in local area churches, and at various off-campus events during the fall and spring semesters. The Praise Team also leads the student body in worship during chapel one day a week.

To receive more information or to audition, please contact Dr. Swain at

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is open to all admitted Midwestern students and their families. The Food Pantry is located in the lower level of the Koehn & Myers Center, and students should plan to enter through the back parking lot door.

Students may only pick up food for themselves and immediate family members. Students may not pick up food for roommates and/or neighbors. Bags will be provided upon entry to the pantry. If you have any questions, feel free to email

Timothy Groups

Timothy Groups will provide students the opportunity to have a concentrated time of prayer and study with a professor and fellow students. This semester, students will be walking through Kevin DeYoung’s book, Just Do Something. Meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Be sure to register before the Timothy Groups Kickoff on January 19th at Deadline to Register is February 1st.

Student Leadership Program

The Student Leadership Program is an annual opportunity for a select group of Midwestern Seminary students to serve the seminary and her constituents. Students will be chosen each year to lead on-campus events and travel on behalf of the school. With insight from local leaders, faculty, and staff, these students will receive unique experience and practical skills in preparation for a lifetime of fruitful ministry.

As representatives of Midwestern Seminary, student leaders must exhibit the integrity and character in keeping with the honor of Christian service in God’s kingdom. Leaders will be expected to practice hospitality to guests and friends of the seminary with a servant-hearted attitude and willingness to put others before self-interest.

The Character of a Student Leader

  • Possess a testimony of God’s salvation marked by the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  • Eagerness to serve and willingness to receive training.
  • Desire to work with excellence in all assigned duties.
  • Participation in a local church and the pursuit of unity among team members.
  • In good standing with Midwestern Seminary.

Responsibilities of a Student Leader

  • Participate in weekly Thursday night meetings, including:
    • Leadership development readings, guest lectures, and fellowship.
    • Calling current, former, and future students, as well as donors.
    • Write letters and performing other activities to aid Midwestern Seminary.
  • Participate in hosting on-campus events:
    • Donor dinners, Preview day, New Student Orientation, Graduations, and various events hosted by Midwestern Seminary.
    • Select Student Leaders will also travel on behalf of Midwestern Seminary:
    • These students will recruit on behalf of the seminary at 5 events per semester.

Compensation of a Student Leader

  • Stipend amount of $1,000 plus 1 free class per semester (Students who also recruit on behalf of the seminary will receive $1,500 per semester instead of $1,000).
  • Free class will be awarded at the beginning of each semester.
  • The stipend will be awarded in four payments throughout the semester

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