Dr. William Isaacson
Senior Pastor

Dr. William Isaacson "Willie" became Senior Pastor of First Baptist in August of 2013. He came to us from serving as Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Gunnison, Colorado. He was also the founding pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Imperial, Missouri. Willie has also served in positions of administrator, singles minister, youth minister, educations minister and missions minister in various churches both in Missouri and Colorado.
Willie was born and raised in the state of Washington and attended the University of Washington where he earned a Bachelors degree. He then earned a Masters Degree at the University of Tulsa, where he was also introduced to Jesus through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 1987 he answered the call to ministry.
Willie is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity degree and later a Doctor of Ministry degree. He has taught Biblical Studies for Missouri Baptist College extension at Jefferson College and Constitutional History for Western State University. He is also a published author, his last work being "Shine Bright, A Prayer Journey."
Willie has been married to his bride, Donna, for 21 years. They have four boys; Caleb, Joshua, Timothy and Andrew. God's call of ministry extends to this whole family who are actively involved with God's work here at First Baptist.

Ben Gingrich
Student Pastor

I am a citizen of the Show Me state and have been for most my life. I had a brief stint in Las Vegas for a couple of years but for the most part, I'm a Missouri boy. As I was growing up, I enjoyed being active and playing sports as well as watching them. I was mainly into baseball, basketball and football. I spent quite a bit of my time enmeshing myself into the love of the game.
This no doubt contributed to my lifelong dream of becoming a professional basketball player. Yet, as time passed, my faith in Christ became much more of an importance in my life. I was saved at a young age but that didn't mean I knew what salvation meant. It was a process for me, and in my late adolescent years, I started to realize what faith in Christ meant. I also in those years felt God leading me down a different path than I had originally planned.
I felt God calling me into Student Ministry. Ever since then, I have been volunteering in Student Ministry and have felt very validated by others that God was indeed leading me in that direction. I attended college at SBU getting degrees in Christian Ministries and Communication, and I also attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to achieve a Masters of Divinity degree. I have been very blessed to know that my passion for leading and teaching students biblical principles and a faith based in Christ has aligned with God's calling in my life.
Another big part of my life is my wife Stacey. I met her at SBU and have been truly blessed to meet a woman who was smart, kind, and a follower of Christ herself. I'm blessed to call her my wife. Other facets of my life including reading, spending time with people and getting to know others, watching movies, the occasional TV show and of course playing and watching sports.