Meet the FBC STAFF

Dave Stanley

Lead Pastor / Ministry Training / Counseling

Dave 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, joined FBC Ark City in 2013, was appointed Youth Director shortly thereafter and became Youth Pastor in 2014. He was appointed Interim Associate Pastor in 2017 and permanent Associate Pastor in 2018. His wife, Lindsay, is the Director of Vocal Music at Cowley College, and they are both 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 three extraordinarily beautiful grandsons. Just ask her, she’ll be glad to tell you about them.
MARK MCGUIGAN is the Chairman of the Elder Board.
MERRILL GORDON is the Vice Chairman of the Elder Board. 
TODD PETERS is the Elder Board Secretary. 
WES LOCKE is the Elder of Building/Finance. 
BRADEN SMITH is the Elder of Children’s Ministries.  
GARY BOWKER is the Elder of Deacons & Deaconesses.
LARRY LONGSHORE is the Elder of Missions. His wife, Lisa, is the Director of Manna Ministries.
MICHAEL WAGGONER is the Elder of Christian Education. He is married to Jennifer, and they have a daughter, Kierslynn. 
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