Church Staff

John L. Hessel

John L. Hessel

Pastor

John L. Hessel is the pastor of First Baptist Church. He came to us as our interim pastor in January, 2006. On Easter Sunday, 2008, John officially became our pastor. Pastor John and his wife of over 50 years, Brenda, have three married daughters and eight grandchildren, all living in the St. Louis area.

John and Brenda both grew up in Alton, IL, and were high school sweethearts. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Formerly the senior pastor of South County Baptist Church for eight years, Pastor John has been in the ministry for 47 years. First called to preach as a teenager, he has a deep love for God’s Word and for God’s people. His hobbies include golf, travel with his wife, and old cars.

Our Pastor also has a consulting ministry, John L. Hessel & Associates, established in 1995, after 10 years doing capital stewardship for the Southern Baptist Convention. In this consulting ministry, he assists churches with financing for building programs, a ministry he first began in 1983. He has assisted over 250 churches throughout the Midwest in raising over $150 million dollars to expand or improve their building facilities. The pastor's consulting website is www.hesselassociates.com

Rich Townsend

Minister of Outreach & Missions

Rich Townsend

Richard A. Townsend is the Minister of Outreach and Missions at First Baptist of Oakville. He has served in this position since April 2016. Rich and his wife Shelba
have been married for 52 years and live in the Oakville area. In addition to leading the outreach and mission emphases of First Baptist Church, Rich is a deacon, teaches Sunday School, and preaches on occasion.

After 44 years in Plant Management and Sales, the Lord called Rich and his wife to mission work in Colorado. They served for 6 years with Rich being Licensed and then Ordained into the gospel ministry. He has a love for people everywhere, and he wants to see everyone come to know Christ. His hobbies are fishing, hunting, and travel.

John M. Gorse

Minister of Worship

John M. Gorse

John M. Gorse is the Minister of Worship of First Baptist Church, directing the choir and congregation in worship while playing a keyboard. He became the church pianist at age 13, in 1972, and served in that capacity for 20 years. In 1992, he became the Church music director. He is an accomplished musician and has arranged several hymn medleys for the piano and keyboard. The adult choir has performed many seasonal cantatas, and has performed at several assisted-living homes in the St. Louis area. In 2004, John began working with the children’s choir. More recently, he has expanded the worship music to include several musical instruments and a Praise Team in a blended worship style. John’s son, Justin, is a CBC graduate and in college. John’s parents are active members of FBC, where his father is also a deacon. His hobbies and interests include watching and playing volleyball and softball with his son, watching the Cardinals, listening to music, and collecting baseball cards. He has an Associates Degree from Meramec Community College, and owns a landscaping and lawncare business that he began in 1981.

Nancy Stanley

Secretary

Nancy Stanley

Nancy Stanley is the Church Secretary at First Baptist, Oakville. She has served in this position since 1993. She also serves as our Church Clerk. She is in the Church Office, Monday thru Friday, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Nancy and her husband John were married in 1976, and have two married sons and seven grandchildren. Nancy grew up in the family of First Baptist Church where her parents, Moe and Adelaide Sadler served the Lord for many years. Nancy enjoys antiquing, traveling with her husband, and watching her grandchildren.