Meet Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

  • 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, Anabelle, Joshua, and Amelia.

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 301  

  • Jim Daniel

    pastor of worship and discipleship

    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 of 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

    pastor of Pastoral care (Retired)

    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 served at First Baptist from September 2003–through September 2018. His responsibilities have included office administration; educational ministries such as Sunday School, discipleship, and missions education; coordination of the Children’s ministry; and at the time of his retirement, pastoral care and family ministries of the church, and age-group responsibilities related to senior adults. Bob is still helping to get people involved in doing direct missions and ministries. He also serves in our Upward Sports strategy for kids in Kindergarten through the sixth grade. He is a teacher at our Life Way Christian School, where he teaches Bible and serves as the junior high boys basketball coach.

    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. 

    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.


  • Luke bowers

    Administrator of life way christian school

    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 Ext. 245  

Ministerial Staff

  • Josh junyor

    worship associate

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 312  

  • Laura Tidwell

    children's ministry director

    Phone: 479.795.9322 Ext. 216  

Administrative Staff

  • Pam varnell

    pastor's ministry assistant & church secretary

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 300  

  • michelle langford

    ministry assistant

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 427  

  • Lanna stone

    financial assistant

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 306  

  • Lori shepherd

    Children's ministry assistant

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 309  

  • laura snowden

    worship ministry assistant

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 313  

Life Way Christian School Administration

  • 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  

Facilities Staff

  • ron argueta

    facilities superintendent

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 302   

  • shelby borgerding

    church hostess

    Phone: 479.795.2591 Ext. 316  

  • jackie clark

    I.t. director

    Phone: 479.795.2591  

  • james baker

    facilities team

  • Darlene shimer

    facilities team


    facilities team

  • mirna rodriguez

    facilities team