Staff Members

David Crook, Lead Pastor

David was born December 6, 1968, in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and raised in rural Carbondale, Kansas. He first responded to Christ when he was six years old and at 12 understood his need for a savior from sin and gave his life to Christ. He was baptized the following summer. He began to get deeply involved in church, Sunday School and youth group whenever the doors were open to find out more about his Savior and be with God’s loving people. He began to grow spiritually and be burdened for his friends. The first person he knowingly led to Christ was his cousin. At 18 years old, he committed his life to Christ to serve Him full time in whatever capacity He chose. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1987, The University of Kansas in 1991, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

He is blessed to have married Lisa L. Bowers on May 27, 1989, and is a better man and pastor with her in his life. They have been blessed with the four most amazing children God ever gave any family. Michelle (Micki) Elizabeth was born May 9, 1991, who teaches high school math at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas. Faith Michal was born March 4, 1993, and is attending Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. She has a heart for supporting mission work. She recently married H'Enrie Williams, who is a Worship Pastor at Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville, Missouri. Michael David Earl was born February 28, 1995, and is studying trumpet at Washburn University in Topeka. He has a precious heart for God and people, wanting to be “the best preacher the world has ever seen.” Danielle (Dani) Sarine was born April 15, 1997, she married Austin Reser, last March. He attends Midwestern Baptist College, studying to be a Christian counsellor while she is studying to be a vet tech at Maplewood in Kansas City. These are David's favorite people in the world and he is truly blessed to know and love them. They are Christ’s and He is theirs. David believes they will impact this world more than he ever will.

David has been privileged to serve some wonderful churches in his 24 years of ministry. He was the Director of Evangelism at First Christian Church of Charleston, Illinois, where he learned some wonderful ministry lessons and fell in love with working with teenagers. He was Youth Pastor at West Haven Baptist Church in Tonganoxie, Kansas where he briefly began his seminary studies.  He then took his youth ministry work to First Baptist Church of Topeka. God then called him to pastor Macksville Christian Church in Macksville, Kansas, before returning home to be Associate Pastor at Grace Community Church in Overbrook.

David is a passionate leader who loves to spread the beauty of life and love in Jesus Christ. He believes that his ministry experience has prepared him for passionately leading a church team to accomplish great things in Christ's Kingdom.

Steve Russ, Pastor of Spiritual Growth
Steve has a Masters of Divinity. His personal mission statement is to help those who struggle emotionally and spiritually and to help disciple and equip the church to do the same.  He is a founder and leader of our Celebrate Recovery program, and he also leads the small group and Sunday School ministries.  His main goal is to connect people with one another in healthy, Christ-centered relationships.

Steve also loves to fish, sprint triathlons, and watch people change through the power of Christ!

Hubert Fox, Senior Adult Pastor
Hubert directs the church's homebound ministry, visits members in the hospital, and teaches both a Sunday School class and multiple special classes from time to time.  Hubert has a Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and spent thirty-five years in the missionary service in Thailand.  He now enjoys fishing, woodworking, flower gardening, working in the timber-cutting wood, hunting, and a multitude of other activities.
Jeanette Hawkins, Children's Pastor


Jeanette loves preparing children for a lifetime of serving and worshipping God.  She enjoys equipping and empowering parents to be the spiritual leaders of their homes.  Her position includes training, supporting and serving volunteers who have been gifted to serve in children's minsitries.  She loves the way God has assembled our Children's Ministry team, each with different gifts, passions and talents, yet all working together.  Her various ministries to children include a weekday preschool, children's worship, Sunday School, Kid's KORE, Parent/Child Class and Dedications, and Parent/Child Faith Celebrations.
Jeanette's favorite pastime is rooting for her kids in show choir, marching band, and football.  She finds art very therapeutic and relaxing, so whenever she has a free moment, she enjoys painting faces, murals, and craft projects.  She does not like to clean.  At all.
Josh Ryals, Worship Pastor
Seth Turner, Audio/Visual Director
Seth is primarily responsible for church media, including designing announcement slides, managing the website, and coordinating FBC's social media presence. He also is responsible for overseeing the Audio/Visual Team, which handles sound and projection for all church events, including the Sunday morning worship services.
Seth also bets that you didn't notice the word "is" showed up twice right next to each other as the second and third word of the paragraph.
You went back to check didn't you?
Diana McElwain, Financial Secretary
Diana oversees all the financial aspects of running the church, keeping the rest of the staff informed and coordinating communication with the deacons and Council of Stewards.  She loves her job and believes she's right where God wants her to be. Diana has a degree in Business from Crowder College, and enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and Pinterest.