Since 1986, Dr. William C. Miller has been pastor of First Baptist Church of Farmington. Previously he served as pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Sullivan, MO and Concordia Baptist Church in Concordia, MO. As a student at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, he served part-time roles at the First Baptist Churches of West Plains and Holden, MO.
Bill graduated from Southwest Baptist College (now University) in Bolivar. He earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City and completed the basic extended unit of clinical pastoral education at the VA Hospital in Kansas City.
Bill is married to Mary Beth. Their older son, Andy, daughter-in-law, Alison, and granddaughters, Campbell and Molly, live in Fayetteville, AR. Their younger son, Nathaniel, daughter-in-law, Ashley, and granddaughter, Hattie, also live in Fayetteville.
Bill is a member of the board of directors for ChurchNet (BGCM) and is a trustee for Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. As important as these ministries are however, his heart is with the local church and his greatest desire is to lead FBC to fulfill God’s purpose for our church.
Chuck became the minister of education at First Baptist in November 2003. He and his family have been church members since 1976. During that time he has held various positions of leadership. His longest responsibility was as Sunday School Director for 17 years.
He is a retired public high school administrator having served in the Farmington Schools for 27 years. While at Farmington High School he was a teacher/coach and in later years assistant principal and athletic director. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a master's degree from Webster University, and a specialist's degree in Secondary Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. Chuck was ordained into the gospel ministry in July 2005.
Having a background in education, living in the community, and serving at First Baptist for so many years, Chuck and his wife, Ardie, have used these experiences to enhance their ministry opportunities. They are both involved in a wide variety of community ministries and activities.
Chuck and Ardie have three children; Shawnna and husband John Robinson, Shannon and wife Rebecca, and Keenan. They also have six grandchildren; John Charles, Chloe, Evan, Owen, Ian and Mya. Chuck’s favorite things to do are coach his grandchildren in sports, fish when he has time, and work in his flower garden.
Jason began his ministry as Minister of Students and Activities at First Baptist Church in 2009. Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media and Theatre from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri (2005). He also earned a Master of Divinity degree with a Student Ministry concentration from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (2009).
Jason and Amy married in August 2005. They both have a passion to work with students of all ages, and have a passion to help them grow in their own faiths while sharing their faith with others. Jason and Amy have been blessed with 3 daughters, Vivi, Sophie, and Gracie, and are very excited to be serving the Lord in Farmington.
Mrs. Karen Moore is the pastor’s administrative assistant at First Baptist Church. Karen began as the church secretary/church clerk in April 1994 and promoted to pastor’s secretary in 1999. In 2014 she celebrated her twentieth year on the church staff.
Karen and David married in 1984. They have three children: Anna-Katherine and husband Eric Miller, Shalimar and husband Deacon Lambert, Victoria a senior at Farmington High School and three beautiful grandchildren, Malachi, Rajydin and Peyton.
Karen began her walk with Christ in 1976 and continues that ministry through her work in the church and in the community. For twenty years she has been the GA director, working with first through sixth grade girls, teaching, learning and doing missions. For the last twelve years she has worked on the state mission task force for a girls’ retreat. Karen helps with a new ministry on Sunday mornings in the "Made From Scratch" Cafe.
In January 2004 Jessie began serving as church clerk and secretary to two associate pastors: Chuck Henson and Jason Welker. Prior to working at the church, Jessie was a secretary for Dr. Dennis Robinson for 16 years.
Jessie married her husband, Don, in 1970 and they have one son, Scott and wife Beverly, grandchildren, Alex, Luke, Ethan and wife Taylor, and three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Tanner and Adalyn.
Jessie began her Christian walk on March 9, 1959. Jessie loves being able to sing praises to the Lord whether it is in the adult choir, with ensembles or as a soloist. Jessie worked with children’s choirs for several years and currently substitutes in adult five Sunday school class.
Her hobbies are music, making floral arrangements, gardening and traveling.
Ryan is a 1991 graduate of Central High School in Park Hills, MO. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Church Music from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO as well as a Master of Music in Church Music degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA. In 1990, Ryan toured Europe with the Missouri Ambassadors of Music singing Tenor in the choir. In 1994 he toured England and Scotland with the William Jewell Concert Choir.
In addition to serving as the Interim Minister of Music for FBC, Ryan is the middle and high school choir teacher for the West St. Francois County School RIV School District where he has taught since 2001 and has been nominated into "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" twice. He is also the owner of "Hassell's Piano Tuning."
Ryan's past ministry positions include:
Ryan is a member of the following professional organizations: Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA), Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), Missouri Choral Directors Association (MCDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).