Our Team

Rev. Brian E. Smith – Senior Pastor
As our Senior Pastor, Brian uses his gifts of preaching, teaching, and leadership to lovingly equip and empower God’s people to become who He intended them to be. Pastor Brian is passionate about being the Church and seeing lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Pastor Brian is a huge Cleveland sports fan (Indians, Browns, and Cavs). He graduated from Malone University with a degree in Bible and Theology and was ordained in the Church of God (Anderson) in 2009. He is married to Jennifer, and they have two amazing boys, Wyatt and Marshall.
Pastor Brian would love to meet you on your next visit to Lakewood Way. In the meantime, you can connect with him by:
Hannah Kirby – Worship Leader/Office Manager

Hannah believes that worship begins in the heart. She hopes that all who come to worship will come with open hearts to worship God in unity and in faith. Her prayer is simply to help share the love of God through song as well as through her daily actions.

Hannah is originally from Nacogdoches, Texas, and has been involved in many facets of her local church since the age of 7. She graduated from Mid-America Christian University with a degree in Music Performance.

If you have questions about Lakewood Way or would like to be involved in the Lakewood Way worship experience, please contact Hannah at:

Thayne Foster – Student Ministry Pastor

As our Student Ministry Pastor, Thayne has the privilege of helping teach and guide our 6th-12th grade students. He is passionate about helping them discover who Jesus is, how to learn and grow in their faith, and what that means for them in their everyday lives. Thayne hopes every student leaves each gathering or event knowing they are loved no matter what.

Thayne was born and raised in the Lee’s Summit area. He ventured out to Oklahoma City long enough to attend Mid-America Christian University where he graduated with a degree in Bible, Theology, and Pastoral Care. Thayne is married to his wife, Priscilla.

If you have questions about our Student Ministry or would like to contact Pastor Thayne, contact him at: