Larry Sims - Associate Pastor
Larry Sims has been a vital part of the ministry at FBC for over 39 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.
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 26 years and they have two children, Megan and Connor.
Bryan Bixler - Discipleship Pastor
Bryan joined the FBC team in January of 2017. He came in with a good working relationship with many staff members because of his involvement in Club 29:11 and leadership of the Friendship Center over the last nine years. Getting to know people and helping them get to know Jesus is his passion. He pastored two churches and a much more diverse flock while working with the impoverished and homeless. Having seen heartache and brokenness first hand, he is motivated to help students discern and walk in God’s ways sooner rather than later. In this new ministry position, he will draw on experiences such as being a camp counselor, soccer coach, and involvement with students from all walks of life.
Around town, you will likely see him with one of his girls! Kelly has long been his best friend, as they have been married for the last 16 years. You can find his name on the senior walk in Fayetteville, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. After sensing a call to full-time ministry, he and Kelly moved to New Orleans where he graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While down that way, Kelly finished at Louisiana State University, and thus there are yearly bragging rights within the family for the “battle of the boot.” The Bixlers have three daughters, Madelyn, Kathryn, and Rylie who keep them busy between school, soccer, and dance. On the rare occasion, he is not at one of the above activities, Bryan loves doing anything outdoors, playing cards, and the Tour de France.
Mike Beck - Missions Pastor
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.
Chris Schroeder - Counseling Pastor
Chris joined the FBC team in January 2018. He previously served for the past fifteen years as a Senior Pastor in Missouri and Southern California. His home town is Rancho Cucamonga, California. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and a Masters of Ministry degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. He also holds a Masters of Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling.
Chris is happily married to Rochelle and together they have three daughters. He loves to spend time with his family. He also enjoys reading, running, playing sports, and watching sports. His favorite teams are the Angels, Lakers, Rams, and USC Trojans.
He finds his greatest joy in helping people to grow and change through difficult situations. “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
Ben Hill - Student Minister
Ben joined the FBC team in April of 2021. He has a passion for equipping and reaching students with the Gospel. He has served as a student pastor since May of 2015. In 2013, Ben received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Fine Arts from the University of Memphis and graduated in 2018 with a Master of Divinity Degree in Pastoral Ministries from MId-America Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his full-time ministry experience, Ben has served through NAMB as a summer college missionary intern in 2010 and 2011 in Minnesota and as an intern at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee.
Ben is supported in ministry by his wife Katherine. They have been married for 6 years and have three boys, who are Blake, Archer, and Zane. As a family, they love going for walks in the local parks and spending time together going to ball games and student activities. Ben is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals and Memphis Tigers fan.
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, enjoy spending time with their three children, spouses, and five grandchildren.
Brian Hughes - College Minister
Brian joined the FBC staff in June 2019. Brian moved to Texarkana after working 2 years as a College Minister with Campus Outreach at The Village Church in Denton. While in college, he began to grow a deep desire to see college students know and love Jesus. Along with seeing students trust in Jesus, he has a deep vision to see them mature as disciples of Jesus, setting them up for a lifetime of following hard after Christ. He believes that the college campus is the most strategic place to do ministry, and believes that God can reach the world through the campus. He is excited to begin working with college students in Texarkana.
Brian is a graduate from the University of North Texas where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy of Religious Studies. Brian enjoys reading books, playing sports with friends, and watching The Office. He is currently earning his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Debbie Schreve - Director of Women's Ministry
Debbie joined the FBC staff in the summer of 2017. Originally from Houston, Texas, she moved here along with her Sr. Pastor husband, Jeff, in February 2003. Debbie is a graduate of Texas A & M University with a degree in Secondary Education. She and Jeff have been married 32 years and have 3 grown daughters and 2 beautiful granddaughters. Debbie is involved in the Worship Ministry, helping to teach a Sunday School class, and speaks around the country with Family Life Ministries on the subject of Marriage and Family. She loves serving together in ministry with Jeff and being a mom and grandmother. She desires to see women learn to depend on the Lord for their value and worth, to dig deep into His Word, and to plug in and get involved at First Baptist Church.
Stephanie Bright - Minister to Children
Stephanie joined the FBC team in April of 2005. She 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 joined the FBC team in June of 1999. She 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 the 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.
Vicky Hagar - Church Administrator
Vicky, as Church Administrator, covers a multitude of responsibilities: 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 daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and David, and one grandson, Jacob Mathias.
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 2 beautiful daughters. Jay spends his free time reading books, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with his family. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Texarkana and is currently a Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.