Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

henderson-familyPastor Mike, Senior Pastor

As the primary preaching and teaching Pastor, Mike has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture and for discipleship ministry. He has served at  First Baptist Church since January 2012. He and his wife Brenna have two daughters, Mika and Gracey. Mike has Pastored in several states and in 1996 was awarded the SBC Baptist Sunday School Board “Smaller Church Pastor of the Year.” 
 
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In the spring of 2015 Pastor Mikes latest book was released “The Sifted Generation, Tested, tried and Found True.” This book testifies of the trials that the modern church is now facing and the reasons why. It is available at the local Barnes and Noble in Springfield and online everywhere.
 
Those Who Are Wise Will Shine.In 2011 he released his first book, “Those Who are Wise Will Shine! Understanding the Work of God in Your Redemption.” This is a book that continues to reach out as it teaches the sovereign work of God in keeping the bloodline of God’s chosen people pure through “The Redemptive Thread.” Pastor writes: “From Creation to the Cross-and beyond, it threads its path from one life to another freely projecting hope, purpose, and grace to all who cross it. It begins in Paradise and ends in the Paradise of eternity. It is God’s thread.”
 
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Also, a New booklet edited and co-authored by the pastor, Bernie Lutchman (BMIC Pres), and John Snyder (FBC – Deacon, SS) was released in April 2014 called, “25 Reasons to Believe.” It also is free as a download to any and all. The pastor’s blog is located at www.truthinspires.com

 

Pastor Mike is passionate about the Scripture, God’s promises, obedient service, individual calling’s and winning souls. He received his theological education at Ozark Christian College and Southwest Baptist University.

 

associatepastorfinnsPastor Jim, Associate Pastor

Pastor Jim serves on several church teams and leads up the trustee’s. He and his wife Debbie have been members at First Baptist since 2006. Debbie heads up our Hospitality ministry and Jim is currently involved in continuous studies to further his education. He loves cooking out and being involved with the youth and children during activities.
 

Adrian and Andrea BatemanPastor Adrian, Associate Pastor (music/media/preaching)

Pastor Adrian comes to us from Canada and is currently involved in preaching and music. He and His wife Andrea, are a boost to the ministry of FBC and the community. Adrian preaches the Saturday night worship 3 weeks out of the month. He and Andrea are also heavily involved in outreach. We are blessed to have them both at FBC!
 

John and Laurie Snyder

John and Laurie Snyder are very active at FBC in the Teaching and Library ministry. John teaches the Adult classes on Sundays and Wednesdays while also serving as a Deacon and Treasurer. Laurie is our Missions Director and teaches the younger children K-3.

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