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Chris Hanner

Governing Elder, Presiding 2017

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Born in a small town in Iowa, I came to a belief in Christ at the age of 13 with my Pastor Bud.  During my teenage years I did not live a life that would reflect that of a believer and even stopped attending church regularly.  In 1998 I moved from Iowa to Springfield for business reasons and found this little church off of Farm Road 205 named Fellowship Bible Church in 1999.  I couldn't believe that I could drink coffee in the sanctuary, which was actually a gym at the time.  I couldn't believe there were no pews.  I couldn't believe there was a band who rocked the worship.  I couldn't believe there could be so much grace without compromising God's Truth.  I had found my church home.  Although I felt as though I had strong faith, I rarely if ever read God's word for myself.  At FBC I got involved right away in a Life Group and now my wife and I lead one in our home every week.  These groups are where I learned to crave reading, studying, and sharing the love letter our Creator wrote for us in a group where families do life together.  I have volunteered in many ways over the years at FBC including our children's ministry, ushering and greeting.  I have been blessed to go to Nicaragua and be ministered to by the very ones I thought I was going to minister.

Now to the most important part of me, my family. I met my beautiful bride Lori in 2005, married her in 2006 and we have 2 amazing young boys, Ethan and Levi.  Lori is a loving mother who has accepted what I believe is one of the most challenging callings there is and that is of homemaker.  She is an amazing cook who loves to share her gifts by organizing Meal Trains for FBC goers who have just had a baby, had surgery or lost a loved one.  She makes a meal every Thursday night for our Life Group and creates a warm inviting environment that I would be ill-equipped to do without her.  Lori loves to serve FBC families at the welcome desk, in the children's ministry and is gifted at connecting with children.

Prayer for Fellowship

My Prayer for FBC is that we first and foremost be a church who humbly submits ourselves to our Creator in everything we do.  That we be a safe place where grace reigns and healing begins for real people being introduced to or reunited with their Savior.  A place where, when pain or hardship come our way, there is a church community who embraces, loves and encourages us through it. And that we be a church who equips one another to do the work of sharing the Good News through our testimony with those in our families, neighborhoods, the Ozarks and around the world.      

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Ryan Storey

Governing Elder

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I grew up going to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night for youth group, Wednesday night for choir practice and just about any other time that the church doors were open, but it wasn't until the summer before my senior year of high school that my eyes were opened to the truth of the Gospel. I couldn't earn my way to eternal life—I needed the saving grace of Jesus Christ that comes through the cross.

Shauna and I were married in 2004 and attended Fellowship for the first time the first weekend following our honeymoon. We were immediately struck by a feeling of being “home”. Fellowship reminded both of us of another ministry that helped us grow in our faith in college (Cru) based upon the level of importance Fellowship places on small groups, discipleship and missions. Based upon our college experiences in Cru, we understood the importance of community and immediately plugged into a small group. Over the years, we have had members come and go in the small group, but we have always been blessed by the community of believers around us, doing life together, challenging one another, and growing in our relationships with the Lord. We have also been blessed by Fellowship’s mission focus when Shauna began working for a non-profit ministry in 2013 and Fellowship quickly joined with her, making NightLight a ministry partner, and supporting her ministry and efforts.

 Since being at Fellowship, God has blessed me with many opportunities to serve, mentor, evangelize and disciple. Some of those opportunities have been through leading small groups, serving in KidsLife, men’s ministry, developing a finance team, local mission opportunities and mission trips to Nicaragua and East Asia.

 I am grateful that God has blessed my family with the opportunity to serve and grow in a church family as loving and gracious as Fellowship.

 Prayer for Fellowship

 My prayer for Fellowship is that God would continue to bless us with opportunities to serve Southwest Missouri and to share the gospel with people locally and globally. That we would be a church that exemplifies what Paul describes in Colossians 3:12-17. Specifically, that we would “Let the word of Christ dwell in [us] richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in [our] hearts to God. And whatever [we] do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (v. 16-17)

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Will Worsham

Governing Elder

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Growing up in a Christian home, I have always attended church. I accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord when I was 5 years old.  Church was important as I grew up. In college I was challenged to live boldly as a Christian and choices to live as such abounded. Jesus became central to my worldview. My wife Shelby and I were married in 1995 and have 3 sons, Peter, Luke & Jack. Shelby and I have lead marriage workshops and regularly lead mission trips to East Asia.

Prayer for Fellowship

My prayer for Fellowship Bible Church of the Ozarks is that it is a place where people cannot be content with themselves as they are. I hope for a Church where people seek out the big dreams of God and go unless he stops them. We grow as we go.

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Finch Sprouse

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During junior high and high school I was really short (under 5 foot as a sophomore in high school) and that caused me to have a terrible self-image.  I was very insecure and would constantly worry about what other people thought of me.  I'd go to church off and on with my neighbor and his family, but was always too embarrassed to walk down the aisle to invite Christ in my life.  However, I often left with tears in my eyes knowing what I was rejecting.

When I was around 15, a couple of young men from a local country Baptist church decided to gather some kids in the rural area where I lived to form a church basketball team.  They would bus us to the games, practice and church each week.  God really used these men (Ricky & Marvin) to open my heart up more to the gospel.  But it wasn't until Christmas of my junior year in high school when I spent quite a bit of time talking to my grandma (who is a strong Christian saint) and after doing some more thinking, it seemed that the only way I could be satisfied with my life was through Jesus Christ.  So the week before that Christmas my grandma led me in making a decision to receive Christ as my personal savior.  That next Sunday I made a public profession of faith at that country Baptist church and was baptized the following Sunday.

However, it wasn't until my sophomore year in college when I began to really start walking with Christ.  And of all places, most of my growth took place in my fraternity house at Mizzou.  This is where I started to get involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and was discipled by one of my fraternity brothers.  God did an amazing revival in that house.  Over the course of those next 4 years, we saw over 50 guys in our house trust Christ and 7 went in to full-time ministry.

Prayer for Fellowship

I look forward to the day when we have hundreds of teenagers that are penetrating middle & high schools all over Springfield, Rogersville, Ozark, etc. with the gospel.  There will be future Tigers, Razorbacks, Bears & Panthers that are impacting their collegiate peers with the gospel. Locally & globally there will be thousands of lives that have been “rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” Marriages will be saved. Children will be raised in a home full of grace and truth.  Neighborhoods, communities, cities, states & countries all around the world will all be changed by hearing about the person and work of Christ.

Gary Becklund

Governing Elder

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David Turner

Shepherding Elder

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I was raised by my grandparents on a 40 acre farm just outside of Monett. Growing up without a father, and in and out with my mom, I really relate to those of us not raised in traditional family structures.   My church growing up was a small country Methodist church of about 50 people. At age 5, at a Baptist VBS, I (with complete immaturity of understanding) accepted an offer to go forward and “be saved”.

Graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and followed that with an MBA from Missouri State.   A couple of weeks after graduation my Grandfather passed away, and with a great sense of responsibility, and no job, I moved back to Monett to provide in-home care for my grandmother, who was struggling with Parkinson’s disease. The next 2 years were predominantly spent with her in Monett, and it was during this time that my faith started to mature and I came into a relationship with Christ. This is when a decision began at 5, was fulfilled with mature understanding. God remembered me!

After my Grandmother passed away and searching for my way to grow in faith, a friend connected me to a group starting a new church in Springfield. Like many people I was searching for a place where God was alive, in motion, and relevant to me. This group would eventually establish a charismatic church, where my wife Susie and I were married. During this period I completed the cycle for BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) classes (7 at the time), and also grew roots into my faith, and the faith community within Springfield.

We came to Fellowship because the culture was exactly what we were looking for. We knew a few people here so we arrived into “community”. Pat Shivers was here (BSF Teaching Lead), so there was assurance that solid truth and teaching were here. We just felt at home, we were supposed to be here, we stayed. Fellowship is my church, and I love my church! 

Prayer for Fellowship

I pray for all of us to be in ministry with someone, and for Fellowship to be a point of involvement out to the world.

Come to Fellowship to make friends, be a part of our community, worship, and pray.

Come to share with others and be involved.

Come to be encouraged to engage our faith in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities …

Come be at home at Fellowship.

… All to the Glory of Christ.

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Irv Miller

Shepherding Elder

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I grew up in Springfield in a wonderful Christian home and accepted Christ around age 11 after attending Vacation Bible School at University Heights Baptist Church.  I married my Glendale High School sweetheart, Linda Beveridge, while at SMS (Missouri State) and we started our life together in Kansas City, Missouri, where I graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry.  We have two boys, both serving the Lord, and six grandchildren.  I retired from dentistry in 2013, and we now enjoy traveling to see and be with our grandchildren.


Prayer for Fellowship
I believe missions to be a vital part of following Christ and believe the church is called "to go" and share the gospel as Jesus directed us to do (Matt 28:19).  I have been a part of FBC since 1997 and became an elder shortly after joining our church.  I helped in the planning and the construction of our campus on Farm Rd 205.  My dream for FBC is to be a place where we equip believers, so we can influence those around us as well as those around the world.  I would like us to be known as a church of missionaries, and a training center involved in helping people and sharing the hope that is in Jesus.

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Kim Bradley

Shepherding Elder

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I was born and raised in the Springfield area. I married my high school sweetheart, Cheri Smith, when I was 20 and she was 18. We have two children, Matt and Ashley, along with five grandchildren.

I began my career in the car business as a lot boy, but in 1977 I opened my own business selling cars on Glenstone in Springfield. This was a perfect fit of love for cars, motorcycles and building relationships with people. I love to hear people’s stories! Through the years, I’ve had the privilege of gaining friends from peers and customers alike.

In 1996, I traveled along with three of my best friends to Nicaragua on a mission trip that changed my life. After the first day there, I knew God was calling me into full time ministry. Two and a half years later, I sold my car business to serve as a volunteer in missions. In the spring of 1999, those same friends from the first trip and I founded Project Hope, of which I am serving as director today.

Prayer for Fellowship

My prayer for FBC is that we become a missional church, taking the gospel message to our community and around the world. I would love to be known as a sending church that equips young men and women to change the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that this would not be an anomaly but a way of life for us.

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Ted Lennard

Shepherding Elder

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I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home in Shreveport, LA.   While in the 4th grade I came to Christ as my personal savior under the preaching of Pastor Thorpe at Baptist Christian Academy.   Since that time my mother always told me I would be either a doctor or pastor.   The former came true in 1987 and I moved to Little Rock, AR, for additional medical training.   It was during this time I was introduced to Fellowship Bible Church.   This was my first exposure to team lead ministry and small groups.  I really enjoyed the authenticity of the people and simplicity of worship.  It's also where I met my wife, Suzanne.

In 1991, Suzanne and I were married and moved to Springfield.    Within two years of living in this region we officially started Fellowship Bible Church of the Ozarks with three other couples.   The first service was held in Feb, 1994.   Our oldest daughter, Selby, was actually dedicated during that first service.    Since that time we had three more daughters (Claire, Julia and Maura) and have been witness to church building projects and tremendous spiritual growth in the lives of literally thousands of people through the years.   It is amazing how God works!

These are exciting times at Fellowship!   The elders and ministry leaders are working hard to implement our mission to "Equip and Release."   Behind the scenes equipping opportunities are being finalized, local mission options are being made available, and our members are engaging in missional living.   I am especially encouraged by those who are serving passionately within their spiritual gifts and truly making how Paul describes a unified body of believers (1 Corinthians 12:12-26) come to fruition.    We all have special gifts and passions that we can use.    Let's collectively change Southwest Missouri and the world for Christ ........ Now let's pray hard and roll up our sleeves.  We have work to do!