Student Life

Meet the Team

Jared Bumpers

Director of Student Life & Events

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Family: I met my wife, Kimberly, my first year of college. We were married shortly thereafter and have been married for twelve years. We have four children: McCartnie (5), Rush (3), Maverick (2), and Jett (1).

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: My favorite Kansas City BBQ is currently Q39.

Most Impactful Book: As a new believer, Jerry Bridges’ The Pursuit of Holiness was incredibly formative. It provided a solid framework for understanding the importance of sanctification in the life of the believer and set the trajectory for my spiritual growth. As a pastor in ministry, Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp rocked my world. It exposed areas of sin and pride in my life and challenged me to ground my ministry in a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Kristen Lanier

Assistant Director of Student Life & Events

Hometown: Pace, Florida

Family: My husband, Joseph, & I met while we were both at University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. We moved to Kansas City shortly after getting married and have been married for 3 years. We have a stupid dog & a fat cat, but we love them all the same. Joseph is beginning PhD work & manages Tomlinson Café. My older sister still lives in Florida near my parents & my younger brother is stationed with his family in St. Louis with the Coast Guard. They each have 4 children, so I am an aunt to A LOT of kiddos.

Degree Program: Master of Counseling

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Q39 (specifically their brisket)

Most Impactful Book: First, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller is a short but sweet reflection on gospel-centered humility for everyday life. Secondly, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges was the first book to speak of God’s redemptive plan & my struggle with Crohn’s disease.

Allyson Todd

Assistant Director of Events & Office Coordinator

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

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 of the current year is Parables of the Cross by Lilias Trotter.

Kie Jones

Male Graduate RA/SL President

Hometown: Big Spring, Texas

Family: I’m the only child of Dana and Tammi Jones.

Degree program: Master of Divinity

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Q39 takes the cake, but Jack Stack isn’t far behind.

Most Impactful Book: Humility by Andrew Murray has had the most profound effect of any book on my life. This book constantly reminds me of how prideful I am, and that I’m in desperate need for the Lord to daily work in my life to make me humble. Plus, the chapters are really short which is always helpful.

Grace Pike

Grace Pike

Student Life Vice President

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Family: God has gifted me the joy of being the older sibling of a sweet little sister and the daughter of two loving parents far better than I deserve.

Degree Program: Master of Divinity

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Joe’s Kansas City

Most Impactful Book: I cherish Knowing God by J.I. Packer for the core doctrines it impressed upon me soon after my salvation; but Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper has also deeply impacted my devotion to God, my love of His people, and my desire to make Him known.

Michael Crook

Michael Crook

Male Undergraduate RA

Hometown: Overbrook, Kansas

Family: I have two godly parents that are madly in love with each other, three sisters who are all married, and three beautiful nieces who are the best in the whole wide world.

Degree Program: Master of Divinity, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Jack Stack

Most Impactful Book: What’s Best Next by Matt Perman. One of my shortcomings is organization and time management, so I found this book very helpful in my personal growth both spiritually and practically.

Allie Brookens

Female Undergraduate RA

Hometown: Born and raised in Pleasant Hill, a small town just south of KC.

Family: I am the youngest of three, I have an older brother and sister who each have two kids of their own. I have two incredibly loving parents who have always encouraged me in the Lord.

Degree Program: Currently working on my Bachelor’s in counseling/psychology and hope to stay on at Midwestern to get my Master of Arts in Counseling.

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: Jack Stack (Although, I’m a terrible KC native and don’t have a strong opinion on this – because it’s ALL good.)

Most Impactful Book: None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. First, Jen is the author that I most resonate with, I’m convinced we could be friends. Secondly, in this book she graciously interweaves the attributes of God with the ways we try to elevate ourselves. Every time I return to this book gives me an overwhelming reality of humility, but also astounding security in who God is.

Taylor Clayton

Female Graduate RA

Hometown: Claremore, OK

Family: I have been married to my husband, Joshua, since May 2016. He works in the Admissions office at MBTS and will be starting his PhD in Biblical Counseling in the Spring. We have two boys-Josiah and Caleb. Josiah is a year and a half and Caleb is due in November! I am very close to my parents, my sister, and her family. I love being an aunt to my 3 nephews and 1 niece!

Degree Program: After finishing my undergrad degree, I studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received my Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling.

Favorite Kansas City BBQ: We are new to KC and I do not have a favorite BBQ place yet. But Kate’s Kitchen is my favorite restaurant. We have made it a family tradition to go there for breakfast on the weekends.

Most Impactful Book: When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch