Meet the team



Wayne and Kimberly

Wayne Geiger, Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor:  Wayne became the pastor of First Baptist Grain Valley in May of 2015. He earned his undergraduate degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has an MS in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary, an MA in Speech Communication from University of Central Missouri, and is currently working on a Doctor of Educational Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (ABD).
Wayne has served as the pastor of several churches in Louisiana and Missouri and has worked in Christian radio for more than twenty-five years–most recently as co-host of the morning show on Life 88.5 Kansas City. He and his wife, Kimberly, have been married for over thirty years. Together, they have four children, Rachael, Josh, Bekah, and Jon. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys hanging out with Kimberly, reading, and going to the gym and is the Chaplain for the Grain Valley Police Department.



Richard Bitterman, Minister of Student Ministries

Rich has worked with our youth group at GVF since 2014. He and his wife, Joy have been married for 23 years and have two children. Rich is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Biblical Studies and is working on a Master’s Degree. Rich is passionate about seeing students grow in Christ and serves as a mentor, coach, and friend to each student. His overall goal in student ministry is to raise the expectations of young people. What that means is, while our youth have lots of fun and games, the overall goal is to get students to put Jesus first in everything they do.




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Music Minister, Devin Ceperley

Devin joined the music ministry team at Grain Valley First Baptist in February 2016.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Missouri State University and a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of Central Missouri. In addition to his service at GVF, Devin also serves as the choir director at Paul Kinder Middle School in Blue Springs and sings with the Kansas City Chorale.  While in college, Devin helped lead music at several area churches and was part of a traveling ministry team that would assist local churches in their missions and evangelism efforts.  He has also served in the music ministry team at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs for 6 years before coming to First Baptist Grain Valley.  Devin, and his wife, Anna, have two daughters, Violet and Scarlett and live in Blue Springs.

Kelcy, Praise Band leader

Kelcy leads our worship team in the contemporary service. Her husband Cody works the sound board and they love teaming together to do music ministry. Kelcy has grown up at GVF and attributes her passion for music ministry to her grandpa and grandma who used to lead music here when she was growing up. Kelcy graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Middle School Math and Science Education. She teaches and coaches at Grain Valley South Middle School.






Shelly Wilke, Church Secretary

Shelly joined the team in July 2016. She is our church secretary and the friendly voice you hear when you call the church office. She is also the “in the know” person of everything that happens around the church. Shelly and her husband, Brian, have two children and live in Grain Valley.



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