Meet Our Staff

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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.

Contact Rick at pastor@fbcstrafford.org

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.

Contact Josh at josh@fbcstrafford.org

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.

Contact Brittany at brittany@fbcstrafford.org

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, MO. She is a talented singer, guitarist, artist, and teacher with an unmatched heart for students.

Contact Brianna at brianna@fbcstrafford.org

Garett Bowles | Assistant Student Ministry Director

Garett began serving at FBC in November 2020. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Communications degree through OTC. Garett has a second job at Jude's Coffee Shop in Lebanon and he has spent much of his time practicing preaching in various settings. He has a strong desire to glorify God and he hopes to take after his father and become a pastor someday.

Email Garett at garett@fbcstrafford.org