Meet Our Staff


First Baptist Church of Strafford, Missouri is prayerfully seeking a FULL-TIME PASTOR. For more information, click here.

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Dr. Vaughn Weatherford | Interim Pastor

Pastor Vaughn came to FBC in February 2022 with 40 years of ministry experience, 35 of those as lead pastor. He retired from National Heights Baptist Church in Springfield in July 2021, having served there for the past 23 years. Pastor Vaughn holds a PhD in Church History from Baylor University and an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Marsha, have two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Josh Erisman | Minister of Music & Education

Josh came to FBC in June 2011. He holds an MA in Church Music 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 professor of music and worship 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 | Children's Ministry Director

Brittany began serving as Children's Ministry Director 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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Brianna Conyers | Student Ministry Director

Brianna joined the FBC staff as Student Ministry Director in November 2020. She graduated from Strafford High School and is currently attending Missouri State University, majoring in Art Education and pursuing a certificate in Interfaith Engagement. Brianna works a second job at Cracker Barrel and she also spent a year as a youth worship leader in Lebanon. She is a talented singer, guitarist, artist, and teacher with an unmatched heart for students.

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