FBC Blanchard is prayerfully seeking God's direction for our next Pastor. During this interim time between pastors, Andy Harrison is preaching for us on Sunday mornings. Andy is an insightful and inspiring teacher of God's Word, who relates to all types and ages of people very well. He currently works during the week at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma as the leader of Student Ministries. A big part of his job is overseeing the programming at Falls Creek Youth Camp, which is attended by over 40,000 students each summer.
If you would like to submit a resume for the pastoral position, please email it to email@example.com.
On May 10, 2015 First Baptist Church called Jesse Peters to serve as our Student Minister. In April of 2016, the church voted to increase Jess's leadership role and title to Associate Pastor and Student Minister. As our Associate Pastor, Jesse leads our Discipleship Mininstries (Sunday School & Home Groups) and our global missions work. Jesse grew up in Marlow, OK, earned a degree in English at the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Franciso, CA where he has lived and served in various mininstry roles for 3 years. Jesse has also served in various positions of ministry and missions leadership at First Baptist Church in Marlow, OK, and First Baptist Church in Edmond, OK. Jesse's wife, Rachel, also grew up in Marlow and graduated from UCO. Together, they make a great ministry team and have a deep passion for reaching and equipping students to serve the Lord now and for years to come.
As a young girl in Pittsburg Kansas, Paula was first introduced to Jesus Christ through an invitation of a close family friend, to attend Vacation Bible School at a little white church just outside of town. Her parents, not church attendees at the time, agreed to let her attend. This was not a chance encounter, it was a divine appointment. Her desire to learn more about Him burned deep within. Even after a move to Oklahoma, Paula was persistent about going to church as a family. Eventually, the persistence paid off and the family began to attend a church in OKC. God used Sunday School Teacher’s & other Christian families to teach Paula of His unfailing love for her. Finally, on a Wednesday night in May, at the age of 10, she began her personal relationship with her Heavenly Father. What began several years prior as an “introduction”, ended up leading to a life-long relationship with the Savoir.
Paula has spent a good part of her life pointing children to Jesus through local Churches and Christian Education Centers. Before coming to First Baptist Church – Blanchard, Paula was the Weekday Early Education Director/Founder of Joyful Noise Parent’s Day Out at First Baptist Church Newcastle and also served as the Children’s Ministry Director at the South Campus of First Baptist – Newcastle. She was the Children’s Activity Coordinator at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Blanchard from 1998-2005. She was also a kindergarten teacher from 1995 - 1997 at Southwest Christian Academy in Moore.
Paula and her husband Charles have lived in Blanchard since 1997 and have four children; Jacob, Kegan, Brant, and Allie. Her love for her own children and Children’s Ministry is a product of her childhood experience and her current relationship with Jesus. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these…shall you teach diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up."