About Us

Jefferson Street Baptist Church

JSBC is a Southern Baptist Church with local autonomy.  We are a part of the Southeast Kansas Baptist Association (SEKBA) and the Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB). 


Our main identity is that of Christian. We come from many different backgrounds: Baptist, Nazarene, Wesleyan, Methodist, Catholic, Assembly, and Lutheran... just to name a few.


What we believe is that the Bible is the true Word of God. Our sin separates us from a right relationship with God, but God sent His Son, Jesus Christ so that through Him and only Him can we be restored. Christ paid the price for our sins when He died on the cross, conquered death when He rose from the grave, and He ascended into heaven where He is preparing a place for all brothers and sisters in Christ. 



Pastor John Craighead has been the Senior Pastor at Jefferson Street Baptist Church since March of 2013. Previously he spent over 20 years as student and associate pastor at various churches. Pastor John is a Chaplain for the KNCSB Disaster Relief, President of the Eureka Area Ministerial Alliance, and a Chaplain and Reserve Deputy for the Greenwood County Sheriff's Department. He also stays actively involved in the USD 389 School District. He attended the Midwestern Baptist Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri.


Pastor John has been married to his bride JoAnn since 1987. JoAnn left her position as a para-professional at Eureka Junior/Senior High School in 2018 to devote more time to the church were she is actively involved in several ministries. She has been sending out a devotional, "Verse of the Day" for several years and is reaching an audience in the thousands. 

Their daughter Jennifer is married to her husband Brian Funk who is serving in the Coast Guard. They live in Portsmouth, Virginia  with their daughter Leah who was born in May of 2014.


Their son Jeremiah and his wife Meghan both graduated from Hannibal La Grange University. They live in Hannibal, Missouri with their son Griffith who was born in September of 2019.

They are also Foster Parents to their daughter Bree who attends Eureka High School.