Ulysses and Augustine Bestey have ministered in Kansas City, MO, for over 30 Years. After serving as Assistant Pastor at Paseo Baptist Church for several years, God called Pastor Bestey to join BCP to become the Senior Pastor at a church plant, Faith Fellowship Baptist Church in urban Kansas City. Ulysses and Augustine have been blessed with 4 children, 4 grandchildren & 3 foster grandchildren.
Ulysses tries to live by the motto, “serving the whole of man not just the soul of man.” Ulysses does this through teaching, as he pursues being 100% support. He currently teaches at an early education learning center, where they specialize in early reading and behavior. He is also an instructor at Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute & Theological Seminary, where he has taught students in this capacity for over 20 years, equipping men and women on how to counsel people through the lens of biblical context. Ulysses also serves as a chaplain at a homeless shelter, City Union Mission in Kansas City, MO, where he works with men striving on the road to recovery. He has served in this role for over 15 years.
Over the last several years, God has anchored Ulysses & Augustine through hills and valleys. In 2019, they received news that their daughter Mary (33) has been diagnosed with kidney failure and is currently awaiting a kidney transplant. The same year, their youngest grandson, Ulysses III (2) underwent successful open-heart surgery and has made a full recovery. More recently, in 2020, Ulysees & Augustine learned that their twin grandchildren Maddison (5) and Ethan (5) were diagnosed with Autism. Through it all, Great is His Faithfulness.
Like everyone, they have felt the effects of Covid-19. In 2020, due to the pandemic and local guidance, their church was shut down for several months and had to convert to a virtual platform. They also had to cancel their 2020 deputation travel schedules. That gave Augustine a chance to lead a church building revamp. During those months of shutdown, the church kitchen underwent a makeover and a coffee bar “Faith Cafe” was added along with a fresh coat of paint in each of the rooms in the church. A construction project was also initiated and a much-needed sound booth was built. Ulysses & Augustine were able to stay connected with the congregation via video outlets such as Facebook and Zoom. The church was also able to hold outdoor Sunday services with the community in a socially distant way. They also had the chance to partner with a district councilwoman to do a drive-thru PPE distribution at church.
Things are slowly getting back to normal with the limited capacity congregation. The church is now able to reach more people and families in the community with the continuation of their online services on Facebook Live and Youtube Live on Sundays and Wednesdays. “For this year, our prayer as a church is to be able to reach out to our local community in a greater way. There is so much hopelessness, hurt, and pain. We pray that we stand beside them and show them the love of Jesus and the joy He brings and be the light in a dark world in any way we can.”