Brad Banks

Senior Pastor
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HOMETOWN:

Brinkley, Arkansas

FAMILY:

Wife of 30 years: Libby; Daughter: Bethany; Sons: Daniel, Paul, and Andrew

EDUCATION:

Brinkley High School (’81); BA in Biblical Studies at Criswell College (’85), Dallas, Texas; Master of Divinity at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (’89), Memphis, Tennessee

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE:

28 years of ministry experience with 24 of those years as Pastor

MINISTRY RESPONSIBILITY:

“Equipping the saints to do the work of ministry.” This is carried out through preaching and teaching the Word of God, doing the work of an evangelist, shepherding the family of God through ministry, and overseeing the body with prayer.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

Yard work, Arkansas Razorbacks, Family

LIFE VERSE:

Philippians 1:21

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FBC:

A small town church composed of people with a big heart serving a great big God.

 

Ben Allen

Youth and Family Life Pastor
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HOMETOWN:

Owenton, Kentucky

FAMILY:

Unmarried

EDUCATION:

Owen County High School (’13), Currently pursuing a degree in Accounting at The University of Louisville.

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE:

8 month internship under former Youth Minister Kyle Riddle. I have served as the Youth Minister here at FBC from August 2016 to present.

MINISTRY RESPONSIBILITY:

I oversee our Youth & Family Life Center ministries.  In this, my goal is to share the Gospel clearly and to provide opportunities for students, adults, and families to grow in their relationship with Jesus, to go out and serve Jesus, and to get encouragement to live for Jesus each day.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

Family, Soccer, Video Games, Reading, Hiking, and the Tennessee Volunteers (GO VOLS!)

LIFE VERSE:

Matthew 28:19-20

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FBC:

FBC has had a special place in my heart ever since I got plugged into the Youth Ministry as a Sophomore in High School. As a student who wasn’t a member of the church I was surprised at how quickly I felt at home here. This church values its young people and as someone who’s mission is to pour into students that is extremely meaningful. As I left for college, the church stayed in contact and encouraged me until the door opened for me to return. This church does exactly what the Bible tells us to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Chuck Harris

Worship & Media Pastor
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HOMETOWN:

Harlan, Kentucky

EDUCATION:

Completed 110 credit hours at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky

Currently finishing a Music Education degree at Kentucky State University.

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE:

Over 10 years of music ministry experience with over 5 of those years as a Music Minister/Worship Leader

MINISTRY RESPONSIBILITY:

“To share the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, encourage believers in their walk with Christ, lead the congregation in worship and provide an avenue through which individuals may share their gift and be an integral part of the worship.” This is carried out through working with ministry staff, studying the Word of God, Teaching the saints to grow in music, lifting up the Almighty name of our Lord.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

Photography, Technology, Apple products, University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball (unlike others on this page…)

LIFE VERSE:

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FBC:

The loving, kind, generous people who make up the community and congregation of FBC. There is a sense of family whenever you walk into the church or see someone around town.

Susan Stowe

Ministry Assistant
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HOMETOWN:

Williamson, West Virginia

FAMILY:

Husband of 34 years: Dave

EDUCATION:

Williamson High School (’72); AA in Secretarial Science at Southern West Virginia Community College (’74), Williamson, West Virginia; BS in Business Education at Eastern Kentucky University (’80), Richmond, Kentucky; MA in Secondary Education at Eastern Kentucky University (’81), Richmond, Kentucky

EXPERIENCE:

28 years of teaching in the Owen County School System

MINISTRY RESPONSIBILITY:

To oversee the daily activities of First Baptist Church.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

My Grandchildren:  Danielle, Melanie, Jodie, Brian David, Rachel, and Sam.

LIFE VERSE:

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FBC:

FBC is a close-knit family that “rejoices with those who rejoice and weeps with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15