Meet Our Staff

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Pastor - Dr. Rick Durham

Dr. Richard ("Rick") Durham was called as pastor of First Baptist Church in June 2014. He has pastored churches in Missouri and Kansas over his 25 years in full-time ministry. Dr. Durham holds Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree from Southwest Baptist University. He and his wife, Belinda, have two sons.

Contact Rick at pastor@fbcstrafford.org

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Minister of Music & Education - Josh Erisman

Josh came to FBC in June 2011. He holds a Master of Arts in Church Music degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree in political science from Missouri State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Educational Ministry degree from MBTS. In addition to his duties at FBC, Josh serves as an adjunct professor at Baptist Bible College in Springfield. He and his wife, Brittany, are the proud parents of Malachi, Lydia, and Josiah.

Contact Josh at josh@fbcstrafford.org

Minister of Students - Jeff Taylor

Jeff began leading our student ministry at FBC in May 2018. In addition to his church responsibilities, he is self-employed as a builder. Jeff and his wife, Brittney, have eight children: Kirsten, Coltin, Sadie, Jeffrey, Ruby, Liberty, Ezekiel, and Obadiah.

Minister of Children - Brittany Erisman

Brittany began serving as Minister of Children in July 2019. She has a passion for sharing the gospel with children and families and teaching them the truths of God's Word. Brittany is a registered nurse, having earned a BSN from Cox College. She is married to Josh and they are enjoying their days of raising three beautiful children.

Contact Brittany at brittanyerisman@yahoo.com