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 is married to Jodie (Buechner), they have three sons and one 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, Dave 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, Dave 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, and holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from National University in La Jolla, California.
Dave 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 the FBC Ark City staff in 2013 and was appointed Youth Pastor in 2014. He became Associate Pastor in 2017. His wife, Lindsay, sings regularly on the praise team and is the Director of Vocal Music at Cowley College. They welcomed their son, Greyson, in 2019. 

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.
BRADEN SMITH is the Elder Board Chairman
He is married to Susannah. Their daughters are Brynlee, Ayla, and Annistyn.
DR. TODD PETERS is the Elder Board Secretary
He is married to Holly.
MERRILL GORDON is the Elder Board Vice Chairman
He is married to Tracie.
MARK MCGUIGAN is the Elder of Children
He is married to Kelly. Their adult children are Ryan and Lauren.
WES LOCKE is the Elder of Building/Finance
ALLEN WILEY is the Elder of Deacons & Deaconesses
He is married to Amber. Their son is Anthony.
MICHAEL WAGGONER is the Elder of Christian Education
He is married to Jennifer. Their daughter is Kierslynn.
JAKE GIGER is the Elder of Missions and FBC Prayer Coordinator 
He is married to Amanda. Their children are Jacob, Kathrynne, Harris, Roman and Ava.
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