Joe grew up just south of here in Marion, Il. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He earned his masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Joe is married and has 3 children. He is an avid sports fan. Yes, he loves the Cubs. His passion is to know Jesus more!
Jim's Bio Here!
Kevin was born in St. Louis and grew up in Collinsville, Illinois, graduating from Collinsville High School in 1971. He earned a Bachelor of Music Theory and Composition degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1978, and a Master of Church Music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1980.
At age fourteen, Kevin taught himself to play the guitar and soon after, began sharing his music in area churches. Since 1974, when Kevin began serving in Southern Baptist churches, his fingerstyle guitar playing has continued to be a part of his ministry.
In 1971, Kevin won first place in a Young America Talent Contest here on the main stage of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. Thirty years later, in 2002, coming full circle, he and his wife, Judd, and sons, Christopher and Jonathan moved to Du Quoin when Kevin accepted the position of Minister of Music and Senior Adults here at First Baptist Church.
Kevin has recorded two CD's and has had several musical compositions published. His other interests include bicycling, astronomy, and photography.
Andre's Bio here!
Matt grew up in Muskegon, MI before moving to Rock Spring, GA as a teenager. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Education. His passion for teaching is now being guided by his desire to see the Gospel being brought to Middle and High school students. He and his wife Brianna have a 2 son, Peyton and Harrison and one daughter, ???
Emily was born in Du Quoin and has lived there her whole life, she loves to go to the beach, Cardinal games with her parents and grandparents, vacations to Tennessee, and the occasional camping trip. She was raised up in First Baptist Church, her parents were married there and she hopes to one day be married there as well. She was saved at a Church camp called New Camp in Dayton, TN when she was a teenager. She also teaches the 1st-3rd graders on Sunday mornings. She has wonderful parents, a dog named Bentley, a brother and sister-in-law, 2 nieces, and has been blessed with being given 3 sets of grandparents. When you come to the office, she is the first person you will see, and she will help answer all of your questions.
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