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Ted Burden

Directional Lead Pastor

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In 1953, I was born in Shawnee, OK and adopted by my Baptist-pastor dad and my school-teacher mom who were attending Oklahoma Baptist University.  Though I attended church throughout my childhood and adolescent years, the idea of a relational Jesus was foreign to me.  When I was fourteen, my father accepted a pastorate and we moved to Springfield, MO.  Following graduation from Parkview High I attended Southwest Baptist University.  It was there I met my best friend and wife, Jo.

I didn’t realize it at the time but God used Dave Bennett, Baptist Student Union Director at Missouri State University, as a man of spiritual influence.  My limited understanding of God made Jesus “convenient” but Dave’s patient encouragement challenged and compelled me to read the Gospels.  In 1986, while serving on a church staff, I gave my life to Jesus and experienced His promised freedom.  My life has never been the same!

Jo and I have two grown, married children and two wonderful grandchildren.

My Prayer for Fellowship

My prayer for Fellowship is that we would be a church of spiritual movement - defined by His grace, filled with His Spirit, & sent to share His love through our cities and the world.

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Ryan Knight

Family Pastor

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My family and I started our journey of discipleship about ten years ago. Our oldest son was two years old and we were spending time with a couple from church who we admired. The ladies were in one room while I was in the living room talking to my mentor. He asked me a very crucial question, “What is your plan for your family?” I wanted to impress him, so I started shooting from the hip and made some things up. Half-way through I was honest with him and explained I really didn’t have a plan. He then explained his plan for his family. His plan was specific and meaningful, especially compared to my non-existent plan. He then asked me about my plans for my career. I knew this answer; I had this all mapped out for at least five years. I nailed this question and was proud of myself. While on my self-made pedestal he asked me one more question, “What is more important, your family or work?” I gave the obvious church going answer of, “My Family!” My mentor did something which will stay with me forever; he spoke truth into my life as he endearingly exclaimed, “It really doesn’t sound like your family is more important.” My pedestal quickly transformed into a hole and I felt like I had just been punched in the stomach by the Incredible Hulk. On the way home I looked at my wife and we compared notes from our visit. We were successfully convicted and realized we had immense plans for life however our most important plans were missing. God was calling us to be intentional parents, and an intentional family with Him at the center. We had some major work to do. God has blessed our family with five beautiful children and we continue to strive towards being the family He has called us to be. It is a fun and challenging time in life and it doesn’t always feel rewarding. However, we know we are building a family with the potential to have multiple levels of generational impact for Christ. This focus keeps us pushing on and trying to be faithful.

My Prayer for Fellowship

Our family wants to plug in and involve others into God’s real desire for our families. We want to provide resources and starting points to direct families who have extraordinary intentions, yet may not know where to begin. Families have a target on their backs and we all need support and encouragement. We want to be a champion for families. We hope to see fathers rising up and leading their families, mothers being intentional in their homes, and children honoring their God and parents.

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Clayton Havelka

Student Pastor

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I grew up in a single parent household of all guys. We attended a Lutheran church occasionally, but it wasn’t until I joined a local Baptist youth group that I heard the gospel clearly presented for the first time. I became a Christian at the age of 13 and was discipled by my youth pastor throughout my high school career. His investment in my life set a Biblical foundation for the importance of discipleship.

After high school I went to Benedictine college to play football. I then transferred to begin studying religion at Missouri State University. My faith was thoroughly challenged. I grew discouraged and was filled with doubts about the Bible. I remember saying to my friends, “If this is the God I worship, I want nothing to do with Him.” This was a pivotal moment in my life. By the grace of God and unwavering support of my close friends, I pursued a deeper understanding of Christ and authority of the Bible instead of walking away from my faith.

I got involved in Cru, a ministry on campus, and traveled to San Diego on short term mission. I met my wife, Katie, that summer. We were married in 2010 and I finished my degree in Religious Studies and Communications shortly after. Before working here at Fellowship, I worked with college students for several years.

Katie and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first child due to arrive in June of 2016. We hope to expand our family of 3 in the future through adoption, something we’re both passionate about. Along with spending time with my family and the student ministry, I also enjoy athletics, fitness, and personal training.

My Prayer for Fellowship

My prayer for Fellowship would be that students would meet Jesus, be discipled, and become effective Christians who are engaged in the culture for Jesus.

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Courtney Gerwig

Worship Pastor

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I was born in Ashland, Ohio to God fearing family who instilled Christian ethics and a deep love for God early on in life. I grew up being the oldest of four kids, and two amazing parents. I accepted Christ in my life when I was seven and surrendered into ministry at the end of my senior year of high school. Worship leading has always been a passion of mine. I started leading worship in sixth grade and after having the calling into ministry after senior year, made the decision to move Springfield, Missouri and attend Baptist Bible College and have been studying church music, now in my senior year. I started out as an intern at Fellowship Bible Church last fall and came on part-time as the Worship Pastor at the beginning of 2016.

Prayer for Fellowship

My Prayer for fellowship is to see people in authentic worship and to see uneducated worshipers in the congregation be lead in a corporate worship time in the church serves as a rich time for people to practice Colossians 3:16, as we teach one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.

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Sally Cook

Directional Lead Pastor Assistant & Office Administrator

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I grew up going to church every Sunday but the Bible nor a personal relationship with Jesus was ever talked about. I quit going to church in College because I saw no need. It wasn't until I had a family of my own that I began to go back to church. God, in His grace, had so much more for me. I met a dear friend who invited me to a Bible study and from there my eyes where opened to the truth and I met Jesus. I heard about the Holy Spirit for the first time and finally understood why Jesus died on the cross for me.

My first Bible verse I ever memorized was Psalm100. Verse 3 says "Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His." This pretty much sums up my life mission from then on out - I was made to know God - not just about Him. Also, that I belonged to Him - He had a wonderful purpose for my life. I am blessed to have been involved with several para-church ministries over the years that helped me have a better understanding of "The Body-the Universal Church" and the importance of unity, standing firm on the essentials but showing much grace in the non-essentials. The last five years God has opened my heart to missions after my husband began working full time with a local missions organization that serves the poor in Nicaragua and Haiti. After coming to know the Lord late in life and wasting so many years on trivial things, I want to live my remaining days on this earth on purpose for Gods purposes.

In 2011, when a position at FBC crossed my path, I knew this was Gods next step for me. I am currently serving as the Office Administrator and assistant to the Directional Lead Pastor.

I am married to my husband of 33 years, Tom. We have two sons Ray and Tim, a grandson Xander and beautiful daughter-in-law Heather who, is pregnant with our second grandchild. 

My Prayer for Fellowship

To be a church where everyone feels welcomed, loved and connected. A place where we encourage each other to grow in our faith by helping to facilitate an environment where Gods Word is taught so that we have a true understanding of who Jesus is and the depth of His love that radically changes the way we think and live. To lay a firm foundation for the next generation of leaders.

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Molly Hale

Communications Director

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I was born and raised in Branson, MO with two wonderful parents and one sister and one brother. Being the baby in the family by 7 years, much of my teen years were spent as an only child. I was raised in the Methodist church and though I never knew any different than Jesus being the Savior of the world, He didn't truly become that for me until 7th grade at a church camp. Throughout my high school years I went to different churches with friends for social events, camps, and youth events. Once in college, church and my walk with Christ became less of a priority and was pushed aside. Between friends, school, and work I left little time for The Lord. I graduated from Drury University in 2009 with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. 

In 2008 Rick and I began coming to Fellowship, got involved with the youth in the spring of 2009 and in the fall of 2009 we were married. We have a 13 year old son, Carter and a 5 year old daughter, Anabel.  Our walk with The Lord both as individuals, a couple, and a family has grown in incredible ways since joining Fellowship, it truly is our home. I joined the staff of Fellowship in 2013 and currently serve in the Communication Director role, overseeing our internal and external communications through our web, video, print, design, social media, marketing, and sunday messaging/announcements and LOVE it! 

My Prayer for Fellowship

To be a church that gives movement to discipleship and helping others grow in their walk with the Lord. A place that teaches the true gospel of Christ regardless of what culture would say. I love my church and pray a blessing over it! 

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Carla Melton

Children's Director Intern

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I have spent my entire life in Rogersville, Missouri and love this area. I grew up in church, with my family actively loving the Lord. For most of my life we attended a church in Springfield where I fell so deeply in love with the Lord and accepted Him as my Savior in second grade. As most people who are saved at such a young age will tell you, it is difficult to feel as though you have a story to tell. Life transformation does not seem as large when you come to salvation before any big life events happen. When I was in sixth grade, I began to question whether or not I was truly saved and whether or not God existed. Youth leaders lead me through Exodus, unveiling a story of a group of people who kept falling away from God, even though He loved them so deeply and proved Himself to them time and time again. My life was looking much of the same way, so I came back to God with a thirst and hunger I’d never known before. Shortly after that God placed a call to ministry on my heart.

I did not know what type of ministry I would do in the future, but I had wanted to be a teacher since I was in preschool. I knew that somehow I would be surrounded by children. Looking back now, I am amazed in how God has lead me here to Fellowship Bible Church. When it was announced that they would be looking for a Children’s Director, I knew it was time to take a step of faith and pursue the position.

Currently, I am working to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education. I am a literature fanatic and a writer. I’ve been working with children my whole life, spending the last four years at Logan-Rogersville’s Afterschool and summer program. That is where I met my boyfriend, Brandon, who is now in the United States Navy and serving overseas. These past few years have been a time for trial and growth, and I am ready to apply what I have learned in a place where I will continue to learn more. I’m so excited to be here and see what God will do!

My Prayer for Fellowship

My prayer for Fellowship is that we will raise up children who actively seek after and passionately love the Lord, who go to the Word for guidance, and who stay in church through every season of their lives.

Dan Duff

Facilities Director

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