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Joshua Babb

Pastor of Preaching and Vision

Pastor Babb has been at First Baptist Centerton since July 2017. He is a native of Neosho, Missouri. He is a 2016 graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he also served as a teaching assistant for two Old Testament/Hebrew professors.

Joshua and his wife Melinda, a native of Gravette, have three children.

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 301

Jim Daniel

Worship and Discipleship Pastor

Jim Daniel was led to Jesus by his father in February, 1978. He was called to the Gospel ministry in June of 1987 and was ordained to the Ministry of the Gospel in March, 1995. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Brewton Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminiary in Fort Worth Texas, and the Doctor of Educational Ministries degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served as the Worship Pastor of Poplar Springs North Baptist Church in Dublin, Georgia and Connell Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas before being called to First Baptist Church Centerton, Arkansas in May of 2000.

Jim is married to Kay and they have three children, Magan, Hannah, and Jacob. The Daniel family enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and backpacking.

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 311

Bob Metcalf

Pastoral Care Pastor

Bob began his relationship with Jesus after a sixth-grade Sunday School class two weeks before his twelfth birthday. He announced his conviction that Christ had called him to ministry during the summer before his junior year in high school. He has been serving in equipping ministries with churches since 1972. Bob has been at First Baptist since September 2003. His responsibilities have included office administration; educational ministries such as Sunday School, discipleship, and missions education; and coordination of the Children’s ministry. Presently, he oversees pastoral care and family ministries of the church, and age-group responsibilities related to senior adults. He has a passion for getting people involved in doing direct missions and ministries. He also guides Upward Sports strategy for kids in Kindergarten through the eighth grade. Bob came to First Baptist from LifeWay Christian Resources after 19 years of service through the Southern Baptist Convention's publishing ministry. During his tenure at LifeWay, Bob was an Internet designer and the founding editor of CE-News an e-Newsletter for Christian Educators. Prior to that, he served as a FAITH ministry events coordinator, a Youth Sunday School growth consultant, a Sunday School program coordinator, and as a multimedia producer. He has also served as a Youth Minister and Family Life Minister in churches in Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. His hobbies include basketball, backpacking, and the high-tech treasure-hunting game known as geocaching.

Bob is married to his college sweetheart, the former Barbara Preston. Barb and Bob are originally from the Houston, Texas area. They met at East Texas Baptist University where Bob received his B.A. Bob also has a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Barb and Bob have a son, Matt Metcalf of Spring Hill, Tennessee, who is married to Andrea; and a daughter, Suzanne Kafer of Owensboro, Kentucky, who is married to Nick. They also have five grandchildren, Nathan, Avery, Nolan, Lillian, and Lucy.

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 303 | Follow Bob @Centerton_Bob | Facebook

Luke Bowers

Life Way Christian School Pastor

Luke was born and raised in the Kansas City area and came to know Christ as his Savior in 1978. He graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a bachelors degree in education and went on to receive his masters in Christian education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Master’s International School of Divinity. Luke is the co-author of Life in View of Eternity, a Bible-based character curriculum for teens. God has also blessed him by allowing him to be in two movies produced by Sherwood pictures. He had a small extra role in Fireproof and Courageous.

Luke met his wife, Erin, while at SBU and they have been married for 14 years and have two beautiful daughters, Ashlyn and Adyson. They enjoy spending time together as a family, going to the beach, and have been to Disney World 7 times. Luke enjoys playing golf, tennis, and loves a good bowl of cereal or ice cream.

Phone: 479.795.2591 | Facebook

Josh Junyor

Worship Associate

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 312

Kenny Wieda

Student Ministries Director

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 314

Laura Tidwell

Interim Childhood Ministries Director

Phone: 479.795.2591

Pam Varnell

Pastor's Ministry Assistant & Church Secretary

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 300

Michelle Langford

Ministry Assistant

Phone: 479.795.2591

Lanna Stone

Financial Assistant (Accounts Payable)

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 306

Lisa Baxley

Life Way Christian School Elementary/Middle School Principal

Phone: 479.795.4322 Ext 103

Tracey Murphy

Life Way Christian School Preschool Principal

Phone: 479.795.4322 Ext 402

Lori Shepherd

Kids Ministry Assistant

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 309

Laura Snowden

Worship Ministry Assistant

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 313

Ron Argueta

Facilities Superintendent

Phone: 479.795.2591

Shelby Borgerding

Church Hostess

Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 316

Jackie Clark

IT and Sound Director

Phone: 479.795.2591

James Baker

Facilities Team

Keith Davis

Facilities Team

Darlene Shimer

Facilities Team

Carlos Rodriguez

Facilities Team

Mirna Rodriguez

Facilities Team

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