John Modest Miles

John Modest Miles was born in Magnolia, Arkansas. He received his education from the following schools: New Hope High School, Mt. Holly, AR; Los Angeles Trade School, Los Angeles, CA; Highland Park College, Detroit, MI; Arkansas Baptist College (B.S. Degree), Little Rock, AR; Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR; Quachita Baptist College, M. ED. Degree, Arkadelphia, AR; Central Mississippi College (D.D. Degree), Kosciusko, MS; Midwestern Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO; and Western Baptist Bible College (Honorary D.D. Degree), Kansas City, MO.

John Modest was licensed as a Minister in 1963 at Paradise Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 18. He was ordained at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. He was the pastor of True Faith Baptist Church, Detroit MI for 4 years; Liberty Hill Baptist Church and Mount Sinai Baptist Church – both in Little Rock, AR for 16 years. He is currently serving as pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO where he has been serving since April 5, 1987.

He was also a teacher in the Little Rock Public School system, and an instructor at Arkansas Baptist College. He served as the Moderator of the New Era District Association, Kansa City, MO which includes 43 local churches for 12 years. He is a long time friend of President Bill Clinton.

He is married to Jeanette Richard Miles and they have three children: Gerald (Janet) Miles, Janet (Conrad) Bartee) and Dr. Derrick Miles. He is the grandfather of 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.


  • Past Vice President-At-Large of the Missouri Missionary Baptist State Convention
  • Member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Congress of Christian Education
  • Board Member of the Western Baptist Bible College, Kansas City, MO
  • Past Member of “Americans for Change” Presidential Task Force (President Clinton)
  • Past Liaison for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and Governmental Affairs, President Clinton’s office
  • Featured in the HBO documentary, “27th & Prospect: One Year in the Fight Against Drugs”
  • General Chairman of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. held in Kansas City, MO in 1998, 2003, 2010, 2016 and for the 2020 Convention
  • Past Board Member of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation & Affiliated Trusts
  • Past Board Member of the Heart of America United Way
  • Past Board Member of the KC 150 Celebration commemorating 150 years of history and progress in Kansas City
  • Sponsored a yearly Community Awareness Seminar with Judges, Attorneys, Doctors, County officials, Police Department and other civic leaders
  • Past Board Member of the Arkansas Baptist College, Little Rock, AR.
  • Instructor for the Kansas City Police Academy (Minority Relations- 16 years)
  • Member of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Board Member of the One Church/One Child Adoption Program
  • Sponsored the Annual Amnesty Program that has dismissed thousands of warrants and has kept hundreds out of jail and prison as a result of their warrants
  • Miles greatest joy is to see that the homeless people near his church (27th & Prospect) are fed, clothed and sheltered throughout the year
  • Honoree of the 100 Change Makers-Unsung Heroes whose work and contributions made a difference in Arkansas presented November 16, 2004 at the Clinton Library opening in Little Rock, AR
  • Recommended for Board Member of the Kansas City Health Foundation
  • Honored by the KCMO Police Department for outstanding leadership and guidance as Chaplain
  • Featured in article “Pastor works to turn around 27th & Prospect” Kansas City Star, July 6, 2008
  • Received the Outstanding Citizen of the City of Kansas City, Missouri on September 20, 2008 presented at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Toast to our Towns ceremony for his contribution in making our region a stronger, better healthier place to live.
  • Received Proclamation from the Mayor Funkhouser and City Council for outstanding leadership in the community for bringing about great changes 2009
  • Presented Resolution declaring Pastor John Modest Miles and Mrs. Jeanette Richard Miles to be the “First Couple of Kansas City” for the month of October, 2010 by Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser
  • Special guest to President Obama’s 59th National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC ~ February 3, 2011
  • Appointed to the Mayor’s Crime Commission – 2011
  • Chairman of Arkansas Baptist College E.C. Morris Institute Board –Little Rock, AR – March 2013
  • President of the Baptist Ministers Union & Kansas City , MO & Vicinity – May 2013
  • Appointed to the Mayor’s City Charter Review Commission – May 2013
  • Appointed to the Kansas City Early Childhood Education Commission – June 2013
  • Appointed Jackson County Sports Complex Authority Commissioner by Governor Nixon August 28, 2013 where he serves as Secretary overseeing the Royals and Chief stadiums
  • Appointed Board of Directors for the Palestine Senior Citizen Activity Center  – 2014
  • Appointed to National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc Board of Directors – January 2015
  • Received The Dr. Charles Briscoe Urban Ministry Award from Pastor Serve in 2015
  • Received 2015 MLK Honoree from the Golden Royalties Chapter 22nd Annual Dr. MLK Educational/Scholarship Event – January 17, 2015
  • Led Morning Star into building a five million dollar Youth & Family Life Center
  • Team player in the development and construction of the 80 million dollar Kansas City, Missouri Police and Crime Lab building built in 2016 across from Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ
  • Reappointed August 30, 2018 by Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson as a member of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority for a term ending July 15, 2013
  • Received the Church Women United, Inc., United Nations Office “Human Rights Award” for leadership service as a mentor and social activist in human rights and human development, an advocate for peace and justice with no boundaries of political system, country, cultural background or religion on Monday, October 1, 2018.
  • Celebrated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Morningstar’s Senior Apartment for the completion of a ten million dollar 40 unit – 2 bedroom senior apartment complex – October 8, 2018
  • Received a Commemorative flag flown over the Missouri State Capitol during the Gubernatorial Inauguration of Michael L. Parson on January 11, 2021 State of Missouri Bicentennial 1821-2021
  • Teamed up with Truman Medical and the Local Investment Commission (LINC) to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic that administered 26,773 vaccinations to the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri with the assistance of the Missouri National Guard (January 2021 – December 2021) at Morningstar’s Youth and Family Life Center
  • Joined forces with Harvesters and the Community Action Agency of Kansas City to distribute over 2,595,000 pounds of food to more than 40,100 families and 142,200 individuals (January 2021 – December 2021) at Morningstar’s Youth and Family Life Center
  • Joined forces with KC Water, Evergy, Spire and KC Neighborhoods and Housing to assist in processing utilities aid for more than 1,000 households totaling $1,305,308.00 (January 2021 – December 2021) at Morningstar’s Youth and Family Life Center
  • Installation of new $5250,000.00 parking lot located next to Morning Star Missionary Baptist Chur of Jesus Christ
  • Job opportunities over 100 from January 2021 – December 2021 through Sun Fresh and Thriftway Grocery Stores, JE Dunn Construction Company, Full Employment Council, Kansas City Zoo, MODOT Highway Service, Community Action Agency and KC Police Department

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