Dr. Jeff Schreve - Pastor
Larry Sims - associate Pastor
Larry Sims has been a vital part of the ministry at FBC for over 36 years. He is a caring pastor with a heart for the Lord and people of all ages. God uses him to minister to senior adults, to people in the hospital, and to people who are dealing with grief and sadness. He is a great resource for those going through various crises or times of difficulty. Larry has conducted more weddings and funerals over the years than he can begin to count, even some second generation weddings now. Larry has a love for music, travel, art and reading. He is a fan of Duke basketball, Duke being his alma mater. Larry has led Senior Adult trips all over the world including numerous visits to Europe, Israel, Egypt, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii and many points in between! Larry teaches a Senior Adult Bible Study every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and also teaches the Cafe Class in our Adult Bible Study Ministry. This class is composed of Adults ranging from their early thirties to those in their late forties and beyond. He has a great love for the families in our church and has a host of "adopted" children and grandchildren. Larry is often best known for his huge, friendly Goldendoodle, Duchess, who has become a favorite of the boys and girls in our church and community.
Matt reynolds - pastor of spiritual development
Matt was not born in Texas, but he got here as fast as he could! It was quite a journey to get here for sure. Being born and raised in the great state of Ohio, naturally, he is a big Ohio State Buckeyes fan. In 1995, he moved to South Alabama, and in 2000, Matt graduated from the University of Mobile after playing four years of baseball with a degree in Education and History. The plan was to be involved in students' lives by teaching and coaching, but the Lord had other ideas. After spending a summer being a Student Ministry Intern at First Baptist Church Jonesboro, Georgia, the Lord moved Matt's interest from teaching history to God's grace erasing history.
In the fall of 2005, after spending four years as the High School Pastor at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, he joined our staff here at First Baptist Church. Matt spent 2005 to 2009 leading the students at First Baptist Church. In the summer of 2009, Matt was presented with the opportunity to move to a new position at our church, the Minister of Spiritual Development. He now oversees the ministerial leadership of our church, the Adult Education Ministry, and the membership and assimilation of new members. His desire is for people to experience authentic Christian community at FBC and be challenged to take steps of faith towards Christ!
Matt and his beautiful wife, Kate, met in Texarkana in the fall of 2006 and were married in 2007. After being married for two and a half years, the Lord blessed them with their first child in April 2010, baby Reese Elizabeth! Reese's baby brother, Ryan, was born in February, 2012!! In his free time, Matt loves to work out, do anything sports related, watch a good movie, talk about Jesus, and spend time with his family.
Quinn Stanfill - worship pastor
Quinn joined the FBC team as the Worship Pastor in February 2012 after serving for 11 years at First Baptist Church West Monroe, Louisiana. Originally from the south Louisiana town of Luling, which is near New Orleans, Quinn received a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music and a Master's Degree in Christian Education from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Quinn enjoys spending time with his family, hunting/fishing and watching/playing sports. He is an avid LSU and New Orleans Saints fan. Quinn has been married to Irene for 20 years and they have two children, Megan and Connor.
MIKE BECK - MINISTER OF MISSIONS AND COLLEGE/YOUNG SINGLES
Mike joined the FBC staff in June of 2010. Mike moved to Texarkana after serving 3 years as a missionary with the International Mission Board. While serving in Lisbon, Portugal as a church planter, Mike and his wife Jennifer taught English. Mike also worked in sports ministry by teaching American football. Mike is a hometown boy from Texarkana. He graduated from Texas High and Ouachita Baptist University. Mike was called into ministry in college and has served in Student Ministry for over 15 years. After graduating from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Mike served churches in Texas and Arkansas. During those years, Mike also served as our Student Pastor here at FBC. Mike loves riding 4-wheelers, and sports, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks. You can usually find him trying to keep up with his two sons, Brooks and Landon. Mike and his beautiful wife, Jennifer love serving in ministry together and look forward to working with the college students and young singles in Texarkana.
Chanin lathem - Middle School Minister
Chanin was born and raised in Carthage, Mississippi. He moved to Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 2004. Chanin surrendered to the ministry at the young age of 18, and began preaching at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in 2009, which is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He later became a Youth Minister in Greenbrier, Arkansas while finishing his degree. Chanin graduated from Central Baptist College in 2013, and received a degree in Biblical Studies. Chanin married his wife, Ellen, in June of 2012. He joined the FBC staff as the Middle School Associate in August 2013. He feels that as a ministry to students it is important to focus on the development of our young leaders, because they will be the next generation of Biblical leadership. In his free time, he enjoys sports, movies, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Josh Miller - High School Minister
Josh is originally from Texas. He has lived all over the southeast, but has always considered Texas to be home. He felt God’s calling to ministry when he was 18 years old. Josh played baseball in college which led him to Jacksonville State (AL) where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. There, God allowed him to serve in the role of Youth Pastor at Golden Springs Baptist Church in Annistion, AL, where he was licensed and ordained. For the past 2 years, Josh has served as the Youth Pastor at Flint River Baptist Church in Hazel Green, AL. Josh recently completed his Master’s of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh has been married to his wife Amy for 7 years and they have two children, Ross (4) and Riley Anne (10 months). In his free time, he enjoys exercising, playing sports of all kinds, and spending time with his family.
Robin Thomas - worship associate
Robin Thomas joined the FBC staff as Worship Associate in September 2012. Before coming to Texarkana, Robin served as Music Associate at First Baptist Church in West Monroe, Louisiana. Robin attended Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana in Monroe, receiving bachelor and master's degrees in piano performance. Robin also served previously as the Instrumental Music Consultant and Keyboard Specialist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Robin has published four collections of hymn arrangements for solo and duo piano, choral music along with five recordings for solo and duo piano. Robin and her husband, Joe, are the proud parents of three children, Sarah, Emily and Joseph and a GORGEOUS little granddaughter, Catherine.
STEPHANIE BRIGHT - MINISTER TO CHILDREN
Stephanie started working with children as a teenager, and every career opportunity since has led straight back to kids! She considers it a privilege to be able to use her degree in education to impart her passion for Christ to the children of FBC as well as to children in the surrounding areas. Her goal is to provide the environment and opportunity for every child to understand the love that Jesus has for them and then to accept Him as their own. She prays that in addition, they will begin to grow in the wisdom of Christ and desire to make a difference for Him in Texarkana. Stephanie's ministry is a family effort. Her husband, Robert, and sons, Rhett and Cross, support and share in every endeavor making sure all lighting, sound, and technical bases are covered. As a family, they enjoy baseball, hunting, fishing and four wheelers.
Grace Graham - Minister of preschool education
Grace loves kids! As a minister of Preschool Education, she has the joy and privilege of ministering to preschoolers, their older siblings, their parents and their grandparents. Her responsibilities include Preschool Sunday School and Mission Friends Leadership, Volunteers In Preschool,Childcare Activities, Vacation Bible School, Mother's Day Out, Weekday Preschool, and Various Special Events for Preschoolers.
Grace received her Master of Arts Degree in Childhood Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is amazed at the way God has led her as she served churches in Mississippi and Louisiana. Every step of the way He was preparing her for the next step. The step to Texarkana was a big one, and she continues to love every bit of it. Her hobbies include reading, camping, and traveling. She loves her Minature Pinscher, Rudi, who is the head of the household.
Grace wants her FBC babies to learn to trust that they will be cared for and loved when at church. She says this is the same kind of trust that will lead them to accept Jesus Christ when they are older and able to understand the Gospel message. For now, they know (as we all do) that "Church is a Happy Place"!
Olin Owens - facilities manager
Olin came to First Baptist Church as Capital Improvement Program/Facility Manager in 2003. He retired from the industrial world after working forty years in the pulp and paper industry. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with degrees in engineering and business.
In late 2001, Olin led a committee to develop a Capital Improvement Program for the church. He subsequently accepted the job of Capital Improvement Program/Facility Manager in 2003. Some of his responsibilities include maintaining external and internal facility appearances, equipment maintenance and overall operations management.
He and his wife Anita have three children who are married and have a total of seven grandchildren. Olin's hobbies include gardening, working in his yard, painting, and spending time with his grandchildren and their families.
ada ferguson - counselor
Ada Ferguson is a Christian Counselor on staff at First Baptist in Texarkana, Texas. She also is the coordinator for Celebrate Recovery. Previous to Texarkana, Ada was on staff as Counselor and Women's Ministry Coordinator at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. She has been a Sunday School Teacher for more than 30 years (children, youth, college and young married).
For more than twenty years, she has been a speaker for the Great Hills/Regeneration Retreat Ministry and Yada Yada Events as well as other retreats. Her passion is to share Christ with others and to encourage and minister to those in the body of Christ, especially those who are experiencing hurt and discouragement in their family, home and other relationships.
vicky hagar - church administrator
Vicky, as Church Administrator, covers a multitude of responsibilties: church budget preparation and administration, purchasing, insurance, financial reporting, personnel needs, and resource person for all the business and financial matters of the church. She has been on staff at First Baptist since May, 1988. Vicky's interests include reading, gardening, cooking, and church activities. Vicky and her husband, Randy both grew up as farm kids in Missouri, and have been married since 1979. They have one grown daughter, Rachel.
jay budzilowski - director of tv/media
A native of Texarkana, Jay is a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School. Having attended First Baptist Church from his earliest years, Jay became a vital part of our Student Ministry and eventually served as a ministry intern. After several years of touring North America in a rock band, Pilotdrift, Jay accepted a full-time position in the FBC TV and Media Ministry. Working for four years in various strategic positions, he assumed the position of Director of Television Ministries in 2012. During these past few years, Jay has been a vital part of in expanding our Television Ministry from a regional broadcast to an international TV/Radio and Internet ministry. Jay's technological skills and creative mind have made him a valuable part of the FBC team.
Jay has been married to his wife Jill since 2007 and they have an adorable 3 year old, Emmy, and a newly adopted girl, Lindon. Jay spends his free time reading books, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with his family. He is currently a student at Texas A&M University – Texarkana.
DEBRA FISCHER - DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S MINISTRY
Debra was born and raised in Nashville, Arkansas, and grew up on a dairy farm with 5 siblings. She was blessed to have parents who took her to church and taught her to love Jesus! When she was 10 years old she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized.
Debra graduated from Texarkana College in 1986, and worked as an RN for several years. In May of 1988, she married Bobby Fischer and served as pastor's wife for over 35 years. During that time she taught Bible study classes for all ages, directed Vacation Bible School and choir tour, and was involved in many other ministries.
Debra's heart is to help ladies know God personally, embrace who God has created them to be, and learn spiritual truths together, while enjoying the love and support of each other. She loves to share the hope that all can have in Christ, especially through times of personal pain.
Debra and Bobby currently teach The Balance class on Sunday mornings. They have two sons, Kyle (24), who is currently working on his ThM degree as a ministry student at Dallas Theological Seminary, and Michael (20), who is enrolled in the local electrician's apprentice program through JATC/IBEW.
Debra loves spending time with her family, being outside, garage sales and the TEXAS RANGERS!