Mission Southside
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

About Mission Southside

Mission Southside has a neighbor’s heart … a heart that loves Jesus Christ and one that genuinely cares about the needs of others.  Mission Southside is not a church, but partners with churches, “helps” organizations, businesses, and individuals to bring hope to Johnson County, KS through the meeting of both physical and spiritual needs. 
Our hope is in Jesus Christ, our prayer is that God will be glorified, and our heart is for those in need. We would love to have you join us in that mission. 
Learn more about Mission Southside:
Questions? Contact us ... Email or call our office ... 913-393-2200
Open Volunteer Opportunity
On Fridays, from 10:30am - noon, people are invited to help in our Food Pantry! No sign-ups or previous arrangements are required ... just show up and help us stock our Food Pantry!


Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00a - 4:00p


Staff Members

 Executive Director
The disciples asked Jesus, "which is the greatest commandment?"  Jesus replied, "love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength - and love your neighbor as yourself."  It took me awhile (50 years to be exact) to understand who my "neighbor" is, but I am fully invested now in bringing help and hope to the poor, the forgotten, the least of these (Matthew 25). 
Coming to faith in Christ at age 7 allowed me to grasp what it means to love Jesus with my whole heart.  Now I can help fulfill the entire Great Commandment as we take Jesus to the people ("neighbor's") and meet urgent needs. 
My family - wife, 4 children, their spouses and our grandchildren are thrilled to help out and serve at the Mission any chance they get. Olathe and SW Johnson County has been our home since 1993.
 Spiritual Development
What a privilege to join the Lord in His work in our community! I had the joy of serving in church youth ministry for 23 years, including many unforgettable mission trip experiences, serving others in the name of Christ. Our prayer would always be, “Lord, please help us to join in your work in our own community the way we have been a part of your work here” - many times in Arlington, TX. ( www.missionarlington.org). The launch of Mission Southside in January of 2011 was an answer to our prayers!  

Our family loves this wonderful community, which has been “home” to me for over 45 years. With rising hunger and poverty for all age groups – the majority of these not connected to any Christian faith community – it is a key time for an obedient response to the Lord to love and serve our neighbors in His name. It is a privilege for my wife, 2 sons and I to partner with each of you (individuals, churches, and ministries) as we 'hang out on property and hover around John 3:16.'
 Business Development
Rod was in pastoral ministry from 1983 to 2013. During that time, he had the privilege of serving with initiatives such as Olathe Serve Day, Olathe Pastors Network, Citywide Prayer Movement, Olathe Community Food Pantry, the Olathe Police Department, and local church planting.
Rod serves as our Business Development Director and oversees financial development, communication and administration.  Rod and Lynda have been married since 1983, have two grown children, a son-in-law and three grandchildren.
 Community Development
Amy has served with Mission Southside since its inception, overseeing our backsnack program.  Amy joined our staff team in 2013.  She serves as our Community Development Director working with the many Site Teams and leaders who are committed to love our neighbors and fulfill the great commandment.   Amy and her husband, Greg, have three children. 
 Office Manager
My family and I are blessed to be a part of Mission Southside, to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I love that I get to see first hand how all these Jesus people come together to do His work. Our family has lived in Olathe since 2001, our 2 children Noah and Grace, attend school in Olathe. It makes my heart happy when the 4 of us are used by God to spread hope and give help. It is a gift to get to serve in our own community.
 Latino Ministry
I have been serving the Latino community since my first mission trip to Croc, MX at age fifteen. I graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Spanish and Child and Family Studies and spent the year 2015 partnering and serving with missionaries in Central and South America.  I am excited to serve our Spanish speaking friends with Mission Southside and advocate for those who are often overlooked and marginalized in our community. The Lord continues to shape and grow my heart for the unique challenges facing our immigrant neighbors. Serving in this way is such a priviledge, I love every part of it from the tamales to Bible studies held in Laundry rooms. 
He estado sirviendo en la comunidad Latina desde que fui en mi primer viaje misionero a Croc, MX cuando tenía 15 años. Me gradué de John Brown University y estudié Español y Psicología Familiar. Durante el año 2015 estuve sirviendo junto con misioneros en Centro y Sudamérica.  Me alegra tener la oportunidad de servir a nuestros amigos hispanohablantes con Mission Southside y ayudar a los que han sido olvidados o marginados en nuestra comunidad. El Señor continua formando y moldeando mi corazón para los desafíos que enfrentan nuestros vecinos inmigrantes. Para mi, es un privilegio servir de esta manera, me encanta cada parte de mi trabajo desde las tamales hasta los estudios Bíblicos en la Lavandería.
Ernest Acheampong
Warehouse Manager
Ernest was born in Ghana, West Africa and has lived in the US since 1990.  He and his wife, Dorcas, have three children.  Ernest owns a shipping business that sends items to West Africa, and also supports several orphanages in Ghana.  He oversees all of our warehouse donations at Mission Southside.  We are grateful that he is part of our team.


Executive Team Board Members

Rex Mustain
Board Chairman
Alan McClanahan
Mike Hougland
Board Vice-Chairman
Todd Burk
Board Member
Melissa Barton
Craig Howard
Executive Director


Advisory Board Members

Paul Ewing JB Koon
  Molly Pitkin   Wendy Louque
   Gerri Webster   Erika Crow
  Luis Araujo