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 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.
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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 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 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 wonderful boys: Britton, Caeden, and Dylan.
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.
Jim served for 23 years on staff at FBC Norman in the position of Minister of Family Life, giving leadership to our Family Life Center recreation ministry. Then, in January, 2008, he transitioned to his new position as Associate Pastor of Education and Family Life, giving leadership to the adult education program, including Sunday School and small group formation, discipleship, new member care and men's and women's ministries. Jim also continues to give leadership in the area of marriage and family enrichment. He and his wife Vicki have been married over 38 years, have three married children, Bryan, Joy, and Brad, along with 3 grandchildren and a fourth on the way. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Southern Baptist Seminary. Originally Jim is from Fort Worth, Texas, and somehow finds a way to root for both the Texas Longhorns along with the Sooners.
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.”