Meet Our Ministry Leaders

For more than 125 years, the people of First Baptist Church have served Bartlesville and the surrounding communities by God's grace and provision under the leadership of people passionate about Jesus.

Ministry Leadership

James Biesiadecki

Senior Pastor

James can juggle two pool sticks and a pool ball.  Really.

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... 

Barry McManus

Associate Pastor


Barry once broke his arm in a Mexican prison.  See Barry for details.

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...

Wade Daniel

Minister of Music and Senior Adults


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

Loren Rosebrook

Loren's favorite food is anything chocolate.

Minister of Outreach & Young Adults

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...

Curt Gathright

Church Administrator

Among my lesser known talents... I can name which team won the World Series each year from 1967 to the present.

Dustin Owen

Director of Youth Ministry


On days off, Dustin likes to read, run and spend time with his family.

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...

Chandler Biesiadecki

Interim Director of Children's Ministry


Manuel Durán

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...

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...

Ministry Support Staff


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Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor

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Communication Coordinator

Michelle Mitchell

Administrative Assistant to the Youth Pastor & Director of the Children's Ministry

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Music/Senior Adult Ministry Assistant

Melody Cox

Meal Coordinator

Brenda  VanHorn

Preschool Coordinator

Darah Crouch

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Outreach & Recreation

Tina Holland

Financial Assistant 

Becky Daniel


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Laura Jones

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Pastor