Dana McCartney Candillo ~BSN, RN ~ Founder & President LBQ

Born to a teenage mother. Father in prison. childhood full of chaos, poverty, alcoholism, drug addiction, and sexual abuse. Fell into the lure of Men, Money, Lies & Power. Modeling, Beauty Contests, Bikini Contests, and trafficked into the world of Exotic Dancing at the age of 17, lasting 7 1/2 years. Then JESUS…set me free & made me new in January of 1994! Through God’s Call, Dreams & a Vision…Embarked on a mission on August 11, 2011 and Founded The Lion’s Beauty Queens, Inc. A ministry of God’s Unfailing Love for women caught up in the sex industry, A ministry that revolves around restoration and the Undenying Transforming Power of Jesus Christ! All Glory to HIM!

Dana is a licensed and ordained Minister through World Harvest Church and Dr. Rod Parsley and is a member of WHC Ministerial Alliance. She also holds a Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing from Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa and is a Registered Nurse.

Rocky Candillo BA, Bible & Theology~Vice President LBQ

Born in the poverty stricken urban core of Kansas City, Missouri. Raised as a fatherless child. Began attending youth service at Sheffield Family Life Center at the age of 11. God provided a way for an education from a private Christian Academy. As a young teen the call of God for ministry was clear. In 1985 graduated Central Bible College in Springfield, MO with a Bachelors Degree in Bible and Theology. Serving as a youth pastor for 9 years at Sheffield Family Life Center and served as a board member there through 2010. Currently serving as the General Manager for a financial corporation in KC. Now married 15 years to Dana McCartney-Candillo with a family of 4 children and 5 grand children.

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Dr. Fel Bagunu Phd. GracePointe Community Church

Dr. Fel Bagunu is the Lead Pastor of GracePointe Community Church, a church he planted in Lee’s Summit, MO, which was launched on 10-10-10. After meeting at a local church, GracePointe Community Church moved to the Gamber Center, the Senior Citizen Activity Center of the Parks and Recreation of Lee’s Summit. This move prompted GracePointe to become a mobile church, with services at 9 AM and 10:45 AM. God is moving as the church continues to “live fully alive!”
Dr. Bagunu received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011 with an emphasis on Christian Spirituality. He holds a MA in New Testament Greek and MDiv from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He graduated from Central Bible College in 1981.
He is married to Dianna who graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God in Lakeland, FL. They have two boys Abram, 14 years old, and Torrance, 11 years old. They are also foster parents, a calling they believe that God has put in their hearts for this season of their family.

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Pastor Jon Purkey Founder and Lead Pastor Nexus Church

At the age of 18 Jon began his work in the ministry at Lenexa Christian Center as youth pastor. Due to his passion for the youth of the city he took their current youth group, of 200 teens and grew it to 800. It became the largest youth ministry in the state of Kansas. In 2001, Jon was awarded the “youth pastor of the year” award. After graduating high school in 1996 he served as youth pastor until 2005, and then went on to serve as a young adult pastor from 2005-2010. Meanwhile Jon studied at Berean School of the Bible from 2006-2007.  In February of 2011 Pastor Jon followed the calling that God put on his heart and started Nexus Church. Pastor Jon’s relentless passion is what drives him to take unprecedented steps of faith in his walk with Christ in order to see the unreached discover that they are sons and daughters of God, and that Christ has not only provided the salvation but, He has come to bring them hope, peace, joy, love and life extraordinary for today!

He and his wife Lisa reside in the Kansas City area with their three sons. Jonathan, Jaxon and Brixton. Nothing gets them more excited than to see individuals that have been far from God fall in love with Jesus. They are so grateful for all that God has done, but are filled with even greater vision to reach the city, nation and beyond.

Dan Cotterman BA, Business Administration – Treasurer LBQ

Dan Cotterman graduated from the University of Missouri. He went into commercial banking before venturing into business management and eventually starting his own financial services company. He then worked for a non-profit organization, counseling those in financial difficulty. He and his wife bought and owned a furniture store Dan had been the bookkeeper for. After 10 years he sold the business to co-partner in two start-up businesses, one of which was a non-profit serving developmentally disabled adults, the other a real estate rental firm. He currently is a manager for a grocery store and co owns the rental firm doing all bookkeeping and taxes. Since joining his church in 1985, he has served four 3-year terms on the board and was treasurer for two of those terms. Dan currently serves on the finance committee, missions committee and teaches a Sunday school class for young adults. He has been married for 33 years and has 3 adult children and two grandsons.

Brenda Lax – LBQ Secretary

Brenda Lax  received her Bachelor of Science in Family Economics with a concentration in Consumer Affairs from Kansas State University.  After graduation Brenda moved to Kansas City and began working for the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Nutrition Division and later was Lead Caseworker/Employment Coordinator for The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge.  In December 1987 she became the Director of the Foster Grandparent Program of Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties, where she was able to expand services of the Foster Grandparent Program through increased grant funding.  During her nearly 19 years in this position, she served on a national level as Regional Representative, Secretary, and President of the National Foster Grandparent Program Directors (NAFGPD).  During her time as NAFGPD President she provided leadership for national advocacy for the programs and provided testimony before the House Labor/HHS/Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  Additionally, she was selected by Senator Christopher S. Bond as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.  Since leaving that post she has worked as a Grant Writer for Rose Brooks Center, The Carousel Adult Day Care Center, the Kansas City Rescue Mission, The Foundry Ministries in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Lion’s Beauty Queens.    

Brenda is married with one son, and is a member of Sheffield Family Life Center, where she has attended for 28 years.  She is active at SFLC as a leadership team member for the Women’s Ministries, works weekly with the children’s ministry as a 1st grade teacher, assists the Junior Bible Quiz with their monthly quiz meets, and is currently the small group leader for the War Room Bible study.