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BIBLE STUDY &
6:00pm to 7:00pm
We believe prayer is an important aspect to having a relationship with Christ. We meet each Wednesday at the church to pray for our church, our community, our nation and any additional concerns. We welcome anyone interested to join this group.
We also believe in intercessory prayer. During office hours the intercessory prayer room is open for individuals to come and pray for the requests presented. You can choose an hour once a week or any day or days that you would like to serve. If interested in serving in this ministry please contact our office 417-667-6036
Come Worship with Us!
Sunday First Service (Traditional): 9:00am
Sunday Small Groups (Everyone): 10:00am
Sunday Second Service (Contemporary): 11:00am
Children's programs available during all three times
Youth meet at The Branch (1601 N. Osage)
Doors open at 9:15am
Bible study at 9:45am - 10:45am
Transportation back to main campus provided
Visit our Children, Student, and Ministry pages for information on other weekly activities.
I lived for the first thirty-one years of my life (except for a couple of summers in California) in Fort Worth, Texas. That's where I acquired my love for Mexican food and the Dallas Cowboys--Oh, and where I met my Lord and Savior.
I was raised in a Christian (Baptist) home by loving parents with two siblings. I attended Hardin-Simmons University (BA) in Abilene, Texas, and then went back to Fort Worth for seminary at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Ph.D). While at seminary, God introduced me to Myra, and we began our journey together as husband and wife in 1993. Our son, John, joined the journey in 2002.
I call it a "journey" both metaphorically and literally. Myra, John, and I have been around. One of my favorite quotations is from St. Augustine: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." Well, I'm not finished reading, but now I'm on the chapter entitled, "Missouri." So far, it's been the best chapter yet.
It's been my pleasure to live and teach in colleges and seminaries in the Philippines, Oklahoma, and Canada. I've also enjoyed pastoring two churches in Arkansas and Missouri. Myra, whose specialty is children's ministry, has been at my side in both pastoring and teaching. John recently started his own journey outside of our home at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
In my heart, I am a teacher. I love to learn, and I love to help others understand. I think this is evident in my preaching. I love a good "sermon," but I also like to instruct along with the preaching. Of course, it helps when you've got such a good textbook--the Bible. Any Sunday you come to First Baptist Church, you will hear the word of God proclaimed from the pages of holy Scripture. Our invitation to all is in our slogan: "Come grow with us!"
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Need a ride?
We can provide you a ride to and from church.
We can pick you up before the 10am small group time and take you home after the Contemporary service that starts at 11am (leave the church around 12pm). Call the church office M-Th 9am-4pm.
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