Meet the FBC STAFF

David Stanley

Lead Pastor / Ministry Training / Counseling

David Stanley is the Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church and began his ministry here October 10th, 2010. Dave and his family moved “home” to Arkansas City, Kansas, after having served for 11-1/2 years at Fellowship Baptist Church in Riverside, California. Dave has been married to Jodie (Buechner) for the past 29 years and they have 3 sons and 1 daughter (Nathan, Joel, Marissa and Caleb). Dave has a passionate heart to see people discipled and maturing in their faith to serve Jesus Christ. Using the scriptural mandate found in Colossians 1:28, PD desires more than ever to “proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.” Having graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Education, PD loves to teach the Scripture in a relevant manner that meets people where they are today. Dave earned his Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas.

PD wants everyone who comes in contact with the ministries of First Baptist Church to know that our mission is to

Encounter God in truthful Worship,

Encourage one another in Life Groups, and

Engage the world through Active Service

Matt Allen  Associate Pastor / Worship & Youth

Matt grew up in Southern California where he was a professional musician, a deputy sheriff, and an aspiring writer. He joined FBC Ark City in 2013, was appointed Youth Director shortly thereafter, became the Youth Pastor in 2014,  Interim Associate Pastor in 2017, and permanent Associate Pastor in 2018. In addition to leading Middle School and High School youth groups, he leads adult evangelism classes and oversees the music ministry at First B. He and his wife, Lindsay, are active with youth and music ministries.

Jacque Ramirez

Office Manager

Jacque Ramirez is an Ark City native who joined the FBC staff as office manager in 2008. She is married to Robert and they have two married adult children who are blessed with the greatest spouses ever. Jacque enjoys serving others in the office at FBC, as well as being involved with Life Group Bible studies. Most dear to her are her two extraordinarily beautiful grandsons. Just ask her, she’ll be glad to tell you about them.
JASON BREWER is the Chairman of the Elder Board. He is an attorney in Ark City and helped craft FBC Ark City’s new constitution. His wife, Keela, is the church treasurer. They have five wonderful children who are actively involved with various church ministries. Their son, Logan, is an active duty Marine. 
Kieth Broce
KEITH BROCE is the Vice Chairman of the Elder Board. He and Pamela have been happily married for 46 years. He has been a member of FBC since 1993 and has served as a Sunday School teacher since 1994. He has served on the Diaconate and Trustee boards, and has also served as Moderator. Since receiving Christ as a twelve-year-old, Keith says Jesus is “all the world to me, my way, my all.” He retired from the Sara Lee Corp. in 2010 and is currently a rancher. He raises cattle with his son and family, and enjoys spending time with his nine grandchildren.
DEVIN GRAVES is the Elder Board Secretary. He works at Cowley College as an administrator. He and his wife, Robin, have three children.
GARY BOWKER is the Elder of Building/Finance. He is a retired Fire Chief.
PHIL BUECHNER is the Elder of Christian Education. He grew up at FBC where he was baptized as a child. He has taught adult Sunday School classes and Bible studies since 1971 and currently teaches the Fellowship Class. Over the years he has served on the Diaconate and Christian Education Boards several times each, often as Chairman, and has sung in the choir. All of his children and grandchildren are involved in church work wherever they live, some on church staffs. As an elder at FBC Phil longs to encourage spiritual growth through creative means such as home Bible studies and life groups.
CALVIN HERRILL is the Elder of Children’s Ministries.  
JOE HAYES is the Elder of Deacons & Deaconesses. He shares teaching responsibilities of the 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class and has been involved with the diaconate for the last four years. He and his wife Saundra have been married for 42 years and have been blessed with three children: Melissa, Michael, and Jacob. They also have four grandchildren: Boomer, Izzy, JW, and Mayes.  
Joe has worked at GE for over 25 years, overhauling jet helicopter engines used by the US Coast Guard, Army, Navy, as well as working with commercial engines.
LARRY LONGSHORE is the Elder of Missions. His wife, Lisa, is the Director of Manna Ministries.
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