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Will Worsham

Presiding Elder

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Life Story

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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Chris Hanner

Elder

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Life Story 

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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Finch Sprouse

Elder

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Life Story

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.

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Kim Bradley

Elder

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Life Story

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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Pat Shivers

Elder

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Ted Burden

Directional Lead Pastor // Elder

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Life Story

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.