MEET OUR STAFF
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
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
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.
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.
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Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 312
Student Ministries Director
Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 314
Interim Childhood Ministries Director
Pastor's Ministry Assistant & Church Secretary
Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 300
Financial Assistant (Accounts Payable)
Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 306
Life Way Christian School Elementary/Middle School Principal
Phone: 479.795.4322 Ext 103
Life Way Christian School Preschool Principal
Phone: 479.795.4322 Ext 402
Kids Ministry Assistant
Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 309
Worship Ministry Assistant
Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 313
Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext 316
IT and Sound Director