Karis is led by a plurality of elders (or pastors) who are gifted in leading and teaching, biblically qualified (1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1) in character, and called by God. Our elders serve the church by leading the church, focusing on preaching, prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6). Christ is the head of Karis, but biblically, He entrusts His church to the leadership of a faithful, committed few.

Karis Jeff City is a church plant of Karis Church Columbia, currently operating with their leadership and guidance. You can find a list of the Columbia elders here. Our pastors are Tony Boes & Rich Starnes.

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Tony Boes

Tony serves as lead pastor of Karis Jeff City. Originally from Southern Indiana, Tony made his way to Jefferson City in 2013 when he took a position within the Ministry Support Group of the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is married to Brianna, a writer of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The couple has two children.


Rich Starnes

Rich serves Karis Jeff City as a lay elder while overseeing music and liturgy for Sunday gatherings. Rich is an attorney in the Missouri State Attorney General's office, working primarily in the court of appeals. He is married to Melody, an elementary school music teacher. The couple have one child.