Meet Our Staff

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Joe Wagner - Senior Pastor

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 Endsley - Associate Pastor

Jim's Bio Here!

Kevin Wright - Minister of  Music/Senior Adults

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 Ward - Contemporary Worship Leader

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Matt Schaub - Youth Pastor

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, ???

Tracy Brown - Secretary

Church Secretary

Emily Stanhouse - Church Receptionist

Church Receptionist

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  • Jean Provart

    Children's Director

  • Shawn File

    Adult Small Group Bible Study Director