Meet Our Ministry Leadership
James was raised in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia, but settled in Oklahoma via the U.S. Army. It was in Oklahoma that he accepted Christ and surrendered to the call to pastoral ministry.
After serving in the U.S. Army in Desert Storm and Shield, James studied at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, (B.A., Communications) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forrest, NC, (M.Div.). His ministry experience has included pastor, church planter, and missionary in Central Asia.
Married to his wife Brandi for over twenty-five years, they have four children: Ansley, Chandler, Carly, and Warren. Brandi also has her Masters degree from SEBTS, has served God as an author and speaker.
Barry was born and raised in southern Arkansas. During his junior high school years, his family moved to Oklahoma. Barry is a graduate of El Reno High School and Oklahoma University (B.B.A. Finance). The summer after graduating from OU, Barry surrendered his life to Christ at a Starlite Crusade in Del City, Oklahoma. He later earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary.
It was at Del City First Southern Baptist Church where Barry met and married his wife, Justine. They have two grown sons, Marshall and Hudson, and two daughters, Campbell and Haddon, and a daughter-in-law, Rachel.
Barry’s passion is making disciples who make disciples. In the past, he has served as pastor, associate pastor, student minister, Oklahoma church planter, and international missionary.
A native Texan, Wade has been in music ministry for over 35 years, and at FBC Bartlesville since 2009. Adopted into a Christian home, graduated from Nederland High School, where he played percussion in the band, served as student accompanist for the High School choirs, and played piano at church.
He received the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Lamar University, and the Master of Church Music and Master of Music from Southwestern Seminary.
Wade served as piano accompanist for the Singing Men of Texas for 17 years, and toured as a vocalist and guest accompanist in the CenturyMen choir. He and his wife, Becky, have one daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Mark Droigk.
Barry once broke his arm in a Mexican prison. See Barry for details.
Minister of Music and Senior Adults
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Loren was born and raised in Oklahoma City where he attended Wilmont Place Baptist Church. At the age of 14, he surrendered to Christ as his Savior and Lord. During his four-year internship at Wilmont, he surrendered to God’s call on his life to vocational ministry.
He has been involved in youth ministry since graduating high school in 2008. Loren attended SNU (B.A. Family Studies) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Masters in Theology); his wife, Danyel, attended UCO (B.A. Organizational Leadership). Both are confident that the Lord has called them to invest in and disciple students and teach them that Jesus is better.
Loren and Danyel were married in November 2010. They have a son, Linkon, and two daughters, Everly and Lael.
Director of Children's Ministry
On days off, Dustin likes to...
Dustin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while living in Ponca City. He moved to Bartlesville at a young age and has lived there ever since. After high school Dustin served in the United States Marine Corps and spent a few years in California.
When he returned to Bartlesville, he began attending church at First Baptist where he eventually surrendered his life to Christ and began perceiving his call to ministry.
Dustin is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry through Spurgeon College at MBTS.
He is married to Danielle, and they have three children: Lydia, Danica, and Judah.
Hispanic Ministry Pastor
I am an accomplished coach for beginner athletes in basketball, baseball and more.
Manuel Durán was born in Portuguesa, Venezuela. He and his wife Johana were married in 2008 and they have three children, Eliam Manuel, Carolyn Danella and Catherine Leah.
Pastor Manuel's parents and grandparents used the Word of God to build his spiritual life and at the age of 11 he yielded and recognized Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
He studied theology at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Venezuela, obtaining his degree in theological studies with specialization in the area of Pastoral ministry.
After visiting the city of Bartlesville, where there is a strong and growing Hispanic population, he felt the Lord was calling him to Northeast Oklahoma to serve as the pastor of the Hispanic ministry of Bartlesville First Baptist Church.
Among my lesser known talents... I can name which team won the World Series each year from 1967 to the present.
Curt Gathright was raised in Del City. He accepted Christ at the age of seven and was baptized at Carter Park Baptist Church. He graduated from Del City High School and is a 1993 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Business Administration.
Curt and his wife Kenna were married in 2004. They have three children; Molly, Toby and Andy.
Curt’s favorite verse features the words of Jesus in John 15:5. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”