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Our Staff

Dr. John Hamby

Senior Pastor

Bro. John has served as senior pastor at First Baptist for over 30 years. Before surrendering to the ministry, he taught history and government at Vilonia High School for six years. He joined the staff here as associate pastor in 1983, after pastoring a small church for two and a half years. John became the senior pastor in January of 1986. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married since 1974 and have one daughter, Nikki Lang. Debbie is a graduate of UALR and is now retired after a long career as a kindergarten teacher. Much of her time now is dedicated to being a grandmother to their grandchildren, Gavin, Ollie, and Monica. John is a native of Jacksonville, AR. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Central Baptist College in Conway, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary.

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James Bell

Associate Pastor

Bro. James has served as the Associate Pastor since 2010. He and his wife, Kim, have six children: Jorja, Jonah, Joanna, Jamie, Josie, and Jason. Kim is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Little Rock and works in the ICU department of UAMS as a registered nurse. James graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Religion and Master of Divinity degree both from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Before surrendering to the ministry, he worked in manufacturing management for ten years.

Favorite Scripture: Matthew 6:24-33

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Dan Kerr

Children's Pastor

Bro. Dan has served as the Children’s Pastor since 2001. He and his wife, Julie, have two children, Sarah and Ben, and one grandaughter named Rose. Dan and Julie both graduated with their Bachelor degrees in Christian Ministries from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Julie has full schedule as a homemaker and is on the cleaning staff at the church. She is also a Sunday School Teacher, works in Awana, manages the Prayer Chain, etc. Before joining our staff full-time, Dan was an Awana Missionary for 18 years, starting many of the Awana programs in our state and in Louisiana. He was also on staff at Willo-Hill Baptist Church in Willoughby, OH for 4 years.

Favorite Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:11-14

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Bobby Markham

Student and Young Adult Pastor

Bro. Bobby has served as the Student and Young Adult Pastor since 2007. He and his wife, Rebecca, have five children: Anna, Abigail, Benjamin, Samuel, and Isaiah. Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas Little Rock and enjoys full-time responsibilities as homemaker and homeschooler to her family and is also very active in support of the youth ministry. Bobby is currently studying for his Bachelor of Science in Religion through Liberty University. Before joining our staff, Bobby was the Youth Pastor at Markham Street Baptist Church for 5 years.

Favorite Scripture: Second Timothy

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Vicki Weaver

Office Manager

Vicki has faithfully served on the staff for over 30 years, starting in 1981. She and her husband, Roger, have two children: Nathan and Nick and four grandchildren: Bryson, Emma, Norah and Silas. Vicki is a graduate of the University of Evansville, IN with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Roger has worked at Weaver Bailey Concrete Contractors for almost 40 years where he serves as a Superintendent.

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Mary Garrison


Mary joined the staff in 1997, but has been with our church for 34 years. She and her husband, Randall, have two children: Kim Luck and Brian Garrison and seven grandchildren: Kyle, Kent, Kayla, Bryce, Chandler, Calista, and Kyra. Mary and Randall both attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO before moving back to Arkansas. Randall is now retired after a long career at Remington Arms.

Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:19

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