Steve was born in Stilwell, Oklahoma and raised in the Joplin Missouri area. At age 9 he and his parents moved to Arkansas City, Kansas when he trusted Christ as his savior. The family returned to Missouri and he finished high school at Carl Junction, Missouri. During college God called him to ministry vocationally. He studied psychology at Missouri Southern State University and later transferred to Oklahoma Baptist University where he earned his under graduate degree in Religion. After several years in ministry he earned his Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana.
Steve and his wife Diann were married in 1976 at Miami, Oklahoma. They have for children. One son Micah and wife Robin. Jessica and husband Terry, Leah and husband Scott, and Sarah and husband Ryan. Thus far they have 8 grandchildren with one on the way. Diann and family serve a very important role in their life and ministry.
Steve and Diann have served together in several ministry positions and locations across Oklahoma and Missouri. He has decades of pastoral experience in the local church, administrative experience as a director of missions in three associations, and volunteer experience on several boards and committees in the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the Missouri Baptist Convention. Steve has also been heavily involved in disaster relief efforts and was able to lead the long term recovery efforts after the Joplin, MO tornado. Steve was also no the founding board for the Joplin Bright Futures initiative.
Steve says, “I believe God has directed me to return to First Baptist Commerce at this specific time to see God resurrect a once great church back to a place of passionate pursuit of God and the fulfillment of the Great Commission in Northeast Oklahoma. My greatest joy would be to see God glorified in this great church!”
Associate Pastor - Student Ministry
Tim is a native of Commerce. Although he didn't grow up in a christian home, the people of FBC Commerce invested in his life. He attended services at the church regularly, but didn't truly know Christ. Eventually, the Lord convicted him of his sin and called Tim to himself. His life has never been he same.
Tim met his wife Whitney in high school. They were married in July 2010 and a year later, Tim and Whitney left for the mission field. After serving 2 years overseas with the IMB, Tim and Whitney returned to the states to complete their education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Throughout his time overseas and at seminary, Tim was lead by the Lord to pastor the local church. Tim has returned to his home church to serve the Lord, the members of this church, and the people of Commerce.
Dennis and his wife Lorri are long time members of the church. They serve the church by leading us in musical worship during our gatherings. Dennis also serves the church as a deacon.