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Ministry Staff

Our ministry staff at Summit Woods Baptist Church, exists to help administrate and assist our members in carrying out our purpose as a church.

Bret Capranica Pastor-Teacher


20181105 Bret CapranicaBret was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. He became a Christian at age 14 after being exposed to the gospel and its profound effects in his family. At age 18, Bret was called to be an associate pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church, just outside of Amarillo. At age 20, he assumed the pastorate of the church. He received a Bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M in 1993, a Master of Divinity degree from The Masters Seminary in 2001, and a Doctorate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010. While in seminary, he was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Granada Hills. Just before graduation in 2001, he met Kelly and was married, September 1st 2001. They have three children, Brie, Emi, and David. In 2002, the Capranicas moved to San Jacinto, CA to become a pastor at First Baptist Church and enjoyed eight years of fruitful ministry. Bret joined the leadership team at Summit Woods Baptist Church as Pastor-Teacher and as an elder in October 2010. Feel free to Email Bret.

Dawson Bryant Associate Pastor


20181105 Dawson BryantDawson joined the staff of Summit Woods Baptist Church in the spring of 2006, and provides oversight for a number of church-wide ministries. He had attended Summit Woods, alongside his family, since it began. By the Spring of 1999, God had graciously used the preaching of His Word and the prayers of his family and church to highlight his sinfulness and desperate need for Christ and salvation. Dawson and his wife, Carrie, were married on July 15th, 2000, and they have four children, Pryce, Sophie, and twins Tate and Owen. Dawson was born and raised here in Lee's Summit, MO and is a graduate of Lee's Summit High School. Dawson received a Bachelor's degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2000, and a Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003. Feel free to Email Dawson.

Dalton Vansell Pastoral Assistant


20181105 Dalton VansellDalton was raised just outside of Harrisonville, Missouri on a small farm. At the age of 19, after living a life of people-pleasing self-righteousness and secret sin, he recognized his utter sinfulness and trusted in Christ as his Lord and Savior. During the next year, with much prayer, study of Scripture, a growing desire to proclaim God’s Word, and counsel from the pastors at his local church, he enrolled at Calvary Bible College to pursue pastoral ministry. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Advanced Biblical Studies in May of 2015. During this time, he met his wife Hailey and they were married on June 28, 2014. They now have three young children: Rylee Rae, Jackson Owen, and William Scott. Shortly after getting married, Dalton and Hailey came to Summit Woods and were immediately gripped by the centrality and supremacy of God’s Word. Dalton currently serves as a Pastoral Assistant for a number of church-wide ministries at Summit Woods and as a personal assistant to Pastor Bret. He graduated in May of 2019 with a Master of Divinity from The Expositors Seminary. Feel free to Email Dalton.

Mary Ann Allen Ministry Assistant for Administration and Finance


20181105 Mary Ann Allen.JPGMary Ann joined the staff at Summit Woods Baptist Church in December of 2003. Before coming to Summit Woods Baptist Church, she worked as a Church Financial Secretary for five years. She is member of the BSAM (Baptist Secretaries Association of Missouri) and served in its leadership as President (2003-2004) and Membership Vice President (2006-2007). Mary Ann is also a member of the National Association of Church Business Administration. She has led training classes for church secretaries on the local and state level. Prior to serving in local church administration, she had a background in law enforcement. She has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington DC and as a Law Enforcement Officer with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. She and her husband Dean have two grown sons, Jonathan and Adam. Mary Ann came to know the Lord as a young child in Gentry, Missouri. She currently is a member of Sycamore Hills Baptist Church. Her hobbies include riding motorcycles (Harley Davidson) with her husband, basket weaving and playing the piano. Email Mary Ann.

Campbell Bortel Ministry Assistant


Campbell Bortel SmallCampbell was raised in Midland, Michigan about two hours north of Detroit. He grew up in a Christian home where he heard the gospel often through his parents, church, and school. Campbell accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and began growing in his faith. His walk with God really exploded in high school when he transitioned to public school. This provided him an opportunity to take his faith seriously, grow in evangelism, and develop spiritual disciplines that were contrary to many of those around him. He served his church in various ways ranging from missions trips to playing piano and percussion for the musical worship at his church. Campbell went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Cedarville University in Ohio. There he developed a great passion for apologetics and preaching through his studies and various opportunities to serve in his church and school. Upon graduation Campbell felt called to pastoral ministry after seeing his love for shepherding, discipleship, and preaching. He began attending Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he currently is working toward a Masters of Divinity. Campbell currently lives in NE Kansas City and loves basketball, fishing, and banana pancakes. He currently serves as a pastoral intern at Summit Woods.