Dr. nathan gunter, Pastor

Pastor Nathan has been with us at Lansing First Southern since June 2011. He and Kim married in 2006, and they have one son, Ethan. Nathan received his B.A. in Bible from Hannibal-LaGrange College and a Master of Religious Education from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in leadership and discipleship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

My Story The Lord has written a script for my life that is far richer than I could dare to ask. I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home in Mulvane, KS, hearing the true gospel of Jesus Christ from my youngest years. I first confessed faith in Christ and was baptized when I was five years old. God used dozens of godly men and women to teach me and lead me as I grew. 

I hit a crisis of faith around the time I graduated high school. For nearly a year, I resisted the Lord's calling to preach. But the Lord is faithful to complete what He begins, and He led me to a point of surrender on a mission trip to Indianapolis in the summer of 1999. 

Since that moment, my passion has been to declare the Word of God clearly and faithfully. My joy is to see a brother or sister grow in their love for Jesus through a fuller understanding of the Bible and its message of the hope we have in Christ. 

 My Prayer for Lansing That we would become a people wholly devoted to knowing and serving the Lord Jesus Christ: worshiping, growing in faith, engaging in the mission of Christ's Kingdom, and loving one another unconditionally until our Lord returns for His people.

Sandy  Wood

Music Director  Sandy began serving on staff at Lansing First Southern Baptist in January 2006. She married her high school sweetheart, Brian, in 1987. They have four children, Megan, Matthew, Joshua and Jacob. Sandy has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Friends University.

My Story   I was blessed with two Christian parents. I accepted Christ during family devotions in my home when I was six years old. We were very active in churches in Kansas and Nebraska as I grew up. When I was 16, I felt God calling me to worship ministry during a revival at our church. When I went to college, life distracted me. I didn't lose my faith, but I lost sight of God's call on my life. 

In 1991, God began working in me again. Step by step, God bought people and situations into my life to prepare me to serve Him. God brought me to Lansing in 2003. I could see that God was active in this church even though it was very small. I wanted to be a part of what He was doing. I am in awe of this amazing God that continues to craft my life story. It is my desire to spend the rest of my life worshiping and serving my Savior.

My Prayer for Lansing First Southern My prayer for Lansing First Southern Baptist Church is that we would see this world through Jesus' eyes; that we would realize we are citizens of heaven and visitors on earth, that we would focus on eternal priorities instead of temporary worries, that we would not be distracted by fleeting pleasure but would desire timeless treasure, that I and my entire church family would fall helplessly in love with Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

pastor  advisory  team

The Pastor Advisory Team (or PAT) is a team of dedicated leaders who meet regularly with Pastor Nathan to pray, plan ministry work, and refine the vision and direction of our mission at Lansing First Southern. Any of these leaders will be happy to visit with you to answer questions about growing in your own walk with Christ or any of the events and ministries at our church. 

The Pastor Advisory Team left to right is Sandy Wood, (Worship Leader), Al Gledhill,  (Property Trustee), Tami Clark, (Treasurer), Mark Luna, (Finance Trustee), Pastor  Nathan Gunter, Andy Dietz, Harland Russell, (Church Moderator), Michelle Bounds, Dave Goscha and Kevin Brown. 


stephen ministers

pastoral  care  team

Let us do good to all people, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

We realize that our Pastor is not the only person called to care for our church family. We are all called to care for each other. The Pastoral Care Team does this is five ways.

Connection Team: This team greets visitors, prepares the church for worship and prepares Communion monthly.


Hospital Visits: When one of our church family is ill, we want them to know they are not alone.

Member In Reach: Keeping contact with church family members is a priority.

Benevolence:  Sometimes people need a helping hand when times get rough.  We support each other. 

Stephen's Ministry: A church is not full of perfect people with no problems. We are regular people who have struggles and trials. We are a family and we are supposed to support each other through life's difficulties. Sometimes when faced with disaster, death, or disease, we need extra help. That is when the Stephen's Ministry steps in. Stephen Ministers are, lay people trained to come alongside church family members and support them after a crisis. The training includes 50 hours of class work from a national organization to prepare our caregivers for a variety of situations.

If you are in need of any of these services or if you would like to volunteer, Contact Sandra Wood, 547-2257 or Brian Paxton.