Stephen Freels, Senior Pastor
Stephen was born and raised in East Tennessee where he came to know Christ at a very young age. He served in the Army from 1990 to 1994., during which time he began to sense God calling him to preach. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay State University in 1998. In 2002 he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He came to us from Oakwood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Missouri, where he served 9 years as Senior Pastor. Prior to that time he served churches in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Stephen joined us as our Senior Pastor in November 2014, bringing his wife Deanna and four children, Josiah (12), Micaiah (10), Lydia (8), & Titus (6)
Marcia Hall, Administrative Secretary
Marcia Hall joined the staff at First Baptist Church in October, 1993. She serves as the Administrative Assistant. In addition to working in the church office, Marcia serves as pianoist on the Praise Team and a teacher in the preschool mid-week TeamKIDS ministry. She is the mother of two children, Jenny & her husband John who live in New Baden, Il and a son, Jason who lives in Collinsville, IL. Her favorite title is "Grandma" to her granddaughter, Kenna.
TIM LASSWELL, MUSIC LEADER
We are excited to welcome Timothy Lasswell as Music Leader beginning April 15, 2018. Tim has served as a praise band member and co-leader at Shiloh Southern Baptist Church in Bridgeport since 2010 where he also serves as a deacon and youth & young adult ministry leader. Tim and his wife Kaitlyn have been very active in leading music and participating in the local Great Banquet ministry weekends. They have one son, Aiden (7).