Meet Our Staff


Dr. Rick Durham | Pastor

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.

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Josh Erisman | Minister of Music & Education

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.

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Brittany Erisman | Minister of Children

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.

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