ROBINSON, PASTOR :
James Robinson was raised in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma and gave his life to Christ at an early age. He surrendered to full-time vocational ministry while in high school and went on to Oklahoma Baptist University where he met his wife, Judy, and they married in 1973. They are the parents of three adult children who are married and have blessed them with seven grandchildren.
James has a BA in Religion from OBU and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After spending almost fourteen years in youth ministry in Oklahoma, Florida, New Mexico and Texas, he began pastoring churches in Oklahoma in 1982. He and Judy have served First Baptist Church in Durant, Oklahoma since 1999.
&James serves on the boards of Youth Services of Bryan County and Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a past-president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (1999,2000). His hobbies include watching sports, tennis and adventures with Judy. <CONTACT JAMES ROBINSON >
STEPHENS, ASSOCIATE PASTOR :
Philip Stephens joined the staff of First Baptist Church as Associate Pastor in September of 2005. After responding to God’s call to vocational ministry in 1981, he has served churches in McAlester, Ada, and Bixby Oklahoma serving in the areas of music, youth and education. A graduate of McAlester High School in 1981 Philip received his bachelor’s degree from S.O.S.U. in 1985. Philip married Laura Gold of Durant and they have three children: Kyle, Stephanie, and Natalie. His hobbies include playing sports, watching college football, snow skiing, and music. Philip’s passion in ministry is in defending the Scripture as the authoritative word of God in which we can find purpose, direction, and meaning in life. <CONTACT PHILIP STEPHENS >
Garrett Scott joined the staff of First Baptist Church as the Minister of Youth in August of 2015. Garrett answered God’s call to vocational ministry after serving Him within the public school system for 5 years. Originally from Ardmore, OK, Garrett graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State and went on to work within the Durant Public School system, while serving within First Baptist Church Durant for several years. Garrett and his wife Tonnie have two boys, Jude and Lawson. Garrett loves spending time with family, playing/watching sports, and music. Garrett’s aim is to carry out the “Great Commission” by creating disciples as he has been discipled in and through relationships centered on Jesus Christ.
Ken Bartholomew has served as Minister of Music since December, 2003. Ken has been in full time ministry since 1987 serving churches in Texas. A native of North Carolina, Ken received his undergraduate degree in music from Houston Baptist University and a master's degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife Deana have two children, Adam and Alyssa. Ken's hobbies include hunting, fishing, golf, ping pong, softball (sports in general!), reading, and of course music.<CONTACT KEN BARTHOLOMEW >
Jim Hodson joined our staff in March of 2010. Jim has been in vocational ministry since 1992 serving in various areas of ministry in both Oklahoma and Texas. He received his Bachelor degree in Christian Education from Texas Wesleyan University in 1989 where he concentrated his studies in the area of children and youth. In 1991 he graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religious Education with a concentration in Communication.
Jim and his wife Susan are the parents of two children, Sarah and Nathan. Jim collects anything related to eagles because his favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31. He loves spending time with his family, cheering on the Dallas Mavericks and Kansas City Chiefs, and watching/playing sports.<CONTACT JIM HODSON >