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Ministry Staff

Dr. Wade Smith, Pastor Twitter-Minimal

Dr. Wade Smith attended First Baptist as a student at the University of Oklahoma in the mid-1980s. Following graduation from OU, Wade served two years as a Journeyman Missionary in Panama. After returning to the United States, he began his seminary education and served the Arrow Heights Baptist Church in Broken Arrow as youth minister. He graduated from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth in 1992 and began doctoral studies at Baylor University that same year. While in Waco, Wade served as the Minister to Youth and Students at the First Baptist Church of Waco. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Ethics in 1998. The opportunity to pastor came in 2002 when Wade was called to Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro, TX. In April 2007 he was called to serve as First Baptist Norman's fifth pastor in almost 80 years. He began his ministry at First Baptist in June 2007. Wade is excited to be back in Norman and to be a part of First Baptist again. He believes the Lord has a bright future for First Baptist as she continues to minister and serve the people of our community and world.

Wade and Gay married in 1990 and have been blessed with 4 children--Morgan, Jennifer and Alyssa (twins), and Wilson. Gay is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has taught special education. When not at church, Wade enjoys being at home with his family, attending OU sporting events, and playing an occasional round of golf.

Angela Atkins, Director of Community Ministries

Angela joined the staff of FBC Norman in 2008 as the co-director of our Kid’s Hope USA mentoring program. She transitioned to interim community minister in August 2013, and then became the Director of Community Ministries not long after that.

Angela grew up in Tecumseh, Oklahoma. She and her husband Shannon married in 1998 and have been members of FBC since 2001. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture, and worked as a designer at OU for ten years. While there, she completed a Masters in Liberal Studies from OU, studying design and learning. After she left that career, she went back to school for a Masters of Art in Theology from Southern Nazarene University. They have two children, Isaac and Grace. She loves travelling, spending time with her family, helping children, and making lots of quilts.

Crystal Byrd, Minister to Children

Rev. Crystal R. Byrd has served as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Norman since October 2011.  Born and raised in Alvin, Texas, she has one younger sister, Bridget, who lives with her mother, Sonja, in Alvin. She was blessed to live next door to her grandparents, Oma and Opa, all her life. In 2011, Crystal graduated from Dallas Baptist University (DBU) with a M.A. in Christian Education: Childhood Ministry and a M. A. in Theological Studies.  Before coming to Norman, she served in two Texas churches, Highpointe Baptist Church and First Baptist Dallas. In March 2014, FBC Norman affirmed Crystal’s call to ministry, and ordained her as a Minister of the Gospel. Her philosophy for children’s ministry is to guide them through their spiritual formation, walk with them through everyday life, and teach them of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Crystal’s desires is that each child in her ministry knows that they are loved and valued by Christ, and that they are loved and valued by their Minister.

Don Gilmore, Interim Minister of Music and Worship Arts

Don began his third interim as minister of music and worship arts on September 1, 2013, having served in this capacity in 1999, and from 2001-2003. He coordinates all music and worship activities for our Classic worship service with primary direction to the Sanctuary Choir. By day, Don is active as a licensed life and health insurance agent, holding licenses in Oklahoma as well as in Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Jersey. A native of Tulsa, he holds two degrees in music education from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. He and his wife, Cathy, a Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, enjoy spending time with their 6 grandchildren.

 

Roy Joe Ham, Minister of Administration 

Roy Joe joined the staff as Minister of Administration, in June, 2008 coming from the Houston, Texas area.   He is a native of the Texas Hill country and holds a BS degree in Agriculture Ed. from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.  

 Roy Joe has been married to Lydia for 34 years, and has three daughters Jennifer Ham, Courtney Ramirez and Rebekah Ham all continuing to live in Texas. Prior to his call to full time ministry in 1994 he served as a deacon for 13 years in Memphis, TN, Corpus Christi and Uvalde, TX. 

He comes to FBC with a background in agriculture, construction, public relations and management. Roy Joe has also served as pastor in the Waco, TX area, the western mountains of Colorado, and in Montgomery Texas. He has participated in short term mission opportunities to Boston, Jamaica, Mexico and Prague, as well as being the founding pastor of the mission church New Life Fellowship.

My philosophy of this ministry is that each building, item of furniture, vehicle and dollar that are given or used by FBC in our ministry here in Norman or around the world, should be appropriately considered both as gifts from God and our offering to Him in return.  I see the maintenance, care and use of these as visual testimony of our love for God and our understanding of our call to be His people on the mission to be His voice, hands and feet to the world around us as well as to each other.  That will always come with the prayer and question of “how are we doing in that regard?’

 

Kirk Hatcher, Minister of Spiritual Formation 

Kirk joined the staff of FBC Norman in January 2008, having spent the last 20 years in Youth Ministry at several churches in Texas including his previous position as Minister to Youth at South Main Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Kirk earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor, followed by his Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, also at Baylor. Kirk claims his biggest achievement in life was surviving 7 years in Waco. If you want to find Kirk, either go where the teenagers are, or go to your nearest golf course...he'll be at one of those, or at least on his way. Kirk and his wife, Jill (also a Baylor grad), have 3 mostly-wonderful boys: Britton, Caeden, and Dylan.

After 7 years as FBC's Youth Minister, Kirk stepped into the role of Minister of Spiritual Formation in January 2015.

 

Rich Lubbers, Minister to Youth

Rich joined the staff at FBC Norman in January 2015 as the Minister to Youth after serving as the Pastor of FBC Oglesby, TX, Minister to Students at NorthHaven Church, and Youth Intern at FBC Richardson, TX. He also spent some time serving with his wife overseas. Rich graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, then received a Master of Divinity and Master of Business Administration degree from George W. Truett Seminary and Baylor University. Rich's wife Stacy is also an OU and Truett grad, and is expecting their first child in May of 2015. Rich loves his dog, a Belgian Malinois named Sir Thomas a Becket (Mr. Becket for short) more than he should, and drinks copious amounts of caffeine in the forms of unsweet tea and black coffee. He is a staunch supporter of the Oxford comma, Chelsea football, and dark chocolate Kit Kats. If OU plays it, he wants to watch it, and sometimes just needs someone to go with, so will you be his friend?

Vickie Riggs, Senior Adult Minister


Vickie has been a part of the FBC Staff since 1982 (at which point she was just 7 years old!) She currently leads balanced, encouraging, and challenging ministries to Senior Adults and inspires the entire congregation to be involved in mission in the local community and around the world. She is a graduate of Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri and earned her Master's Degree from OU, producing a thesis on Church Recreation. She loves Jerry Lewis Movies, 1950's music. Most people would be impressed to know that she was introduced by Vincent Price when she was a candidate for Homecoming Queen in college.

 

Laura Robertson, Interim University Minister

Laura joined FBC Norman in 2013 while attending her last semester at the University of Oklahoma. After being a part of the University Ministry for over a year and interning for a semester, Laura accepted the call to be interim in October of 2014. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in Communication and a minor in non-profit, all while keeping her heart and focus on serving God and His Church.

With that desire in mind, Laura plans on attending George W. Truett Theological Seminary in the Fall of 2015 to work on a Masters in Divinity, with a focus on missions and world Christianity. For the last year and some months, Laura has lived with a wonderful family from FBC Norman where she helps take care of five beautiful children-but she really feels like they take more care of her.

Along with the adventures of being "sister LaLa", Laura enjoys camping, coffee, chocolate, playing board games no one else has heard of with her friends, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Clint Taylor, Minister of Recreation and Community Outreach 

After having spent the last 7 years in Recreation Ministry, Clint joined the FBC Norman staff in May, 2008, as the new Director of our Family Life Center.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and is currently working towards a Certificate in Ministry through East Texas Baptist University.  He and his wife, Allison, have 3 children: Austin, Avery Grace, and Alexandria (Alex) Faith.  Their family enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.  They also like geo-caching, a world-wide hidden treasure hunt. 

“I am excited every day to reach people for Christ through sports and family activities.  We have a special opportunity in Recreation Ministry to touch lives that would not have come otherwise into a church building.”