JAMES ROBINSON, PASTOR :
James Robinson became the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Durant in June, 1999. A native Oklahoman, he has been in vocational ministry since 1968, having served in churches in Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and New Mexico. James received his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1972 and his masters of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1982. He and his wife, Judy, are the parents of three adult children; Jayme Wood and her husband Randy; Joni Smith and her husband Jeremy; Justin and his wife Jaci.<CONTACT JAMES ROBINSON >
They are also grandparents to Madison Abigail Smith (2005), Elizabeth Grace Smith (2008) , Owens Scott (Woody) Wood (2010), Sophia Christine Smith (2012) and Ava Camille Robinson (2013). His hobbies include watching sports, golf , reading and enjoying his family. Bro. James' calling is to preach and teach the riches of God's word; to motivate God's people to worship Him personally and corportately; to equip the saints of God to do the work of ministry; to help build strong families and according to Ephesians 4:15 "to speak the truth in love.
PHILIP 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 >
Garry McNeill joined our staff in September of 2005. Garry previously served as the youth minister and associate pastor at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee, OK. He served in Cherokee beginning in the summer of 1997 before moving to Durant. In December of 2002, Garry and Heather McNeill were married. They enjoy spending time with their three daughters, Haley Abigail (born March, 2006), Reeslyn Avery (born March, 2008), Brynlee. He graduated high school in Garber, OK in 1995 and then received his degree fromNorthwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK in the field of Mass Communications in 1999. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education in May, 2007.
He enjoys spending time with his girls and playing and watching all sports.<CONTACT GARRY MCNEILL >
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 >
Brent joined the church staff in September, 2013 as the Interim Technical Media Director. He graduated from SOSU with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Theatre. Brent and his wife Rebekah were married December 2012. His desire is to revamp the church website, media, and TV ministry. He also hopes to bring fresh programming to FBC-TV 13 that will expand its viewing audience across more demographics and, in turn, increase the number of people who are presented the gospel.<CONTACT BRENT ODELL >