Earl Stephenson, Sr Pastor
Earl was raised on a farm south of Hobart, Oklahoma. His daddy was a bricklayer and farmer. His mom stayed home and raised Earl and his three siblings. Earl and his wife Nancy met when they were in third grade. Earl enjoys all types of sports. He walks over three miles almost every day and occasionally rides his bicycle and plays tennis. During the winter months he enjoys hunting pheasant in Kansas and chasing bobwhite quail in Oklahoma.
Earl began his ministry at Weatherford First Baptist Church on August 5, 2001. He was licensed to preach in the Washington Street Baptist Church in Hobart, Oklahoma at the age of fourteen and ordained to the ministry at age twenty-one by the same church. He has served as pastor of the First Baptist Church, Holdenville, Oklahoma (1993-2001); Harmony Baptist Church, Atoka, Oklahoma (1983-1993); Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Hobart, Oklahoma (1979-1980); and pastor of the Bessie Baptist Mission, Bessie, Oklahoma (1977-1979). He has served as a trustee for Oklahoma Baptist University and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
He and Nancy have two grown children – Jason and Lynn.
*Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
*Bachelor of Arts, Oklahoma Baptist University
Ordained to Ministry, 1978
Licensed to Ministry, 1971
John Hogan, Worship Pastor
John began serving at FBC on June 21, 2015. After coaching and teaching for five years in public education, John committed to full-time vocational ministry. Since 1995, he has served on church staffs in the areas of Worship Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Education Minister. Both John and his wife, Stephanie, graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Stephanie teaches English and is a great mom to two sons, Caleb and Cade. John enjoys spending time with family, water and snow skiing, basketball, volleyball, reading, and working outside.
It is John's desire to invest his life into the lives of others, to see God's people grow in personal and corporate worship, to build relationships, to equip believers for ministry, and to make disciples who make disciples.
He has served churches in Texas including Abilene, Breckenridge, Littlefield, and Decatur.
*Master of Divinity - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000)
*Bachelor of Education - Hardin-Simmons University (1989)
Ordained to Ministry, 1998
Licensed to Ministry, 1995
Tracy Ward, Missions and Outreach Pastor
Tracy began serving at FBC on November 1, 2014. He has served in a combination of Student and Missions ministry for the last 24 years. He met his wife, Kathleen, at Hardin-Simons University in Abilene, Texas, and they were married in 1988. Kathleen has a degree in Business Marketing as well as her teaching certification in Elementary Education. She currently teaches 2nd grade. They have two daughters: Malorie (Myers) is a teacher in OKCPS and Madison (1996) attends Oklahoma State University. Tracy enjoys both watching and participating in just about all sports. His hobbies include traveling, cycling, Kansas Jayhawks basketball, and anything that lets him spend time with his family.
He has served in churches in Baton Rouge, LA; Duncan, OK; Amarillo, TX; and Kingfisher, OK.
* Master of Arts - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
* Bachelor of Behavioral Science - Hardin-Simmons University
Ordained to Ministry, 1993
Licensed to Ministry, 1986
James Poulain, Youth Pastor
Savannah Schones, Director of Preschool/ Children
Donna Webb - Church Secretary
Terrie Walker - Financial Secretary
Denise Hamburger - Music Secretary
Laramie Wright - Receptionist
Darrel Nickels - Building Superintendent
Wanda Byers - Custodian