Thanks for visiting our church web site. I hope you are able to find the information you are looking for about our church. I am the pastor of this wonderful church family. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When I was about 8 years old I made a commitment that changed not only my life
on earth but also my eternity. As an 8 year old boy, I came to understand that I had done things wrong. I was a sinner. I also came to realize that I could never be good enough to deserve going to heaven. I asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sin and fill me with His Holy Spirit so I could become a child of God. I received God’s free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, becoming a Christian.
As a junior in college at the University of Tulsa I felt God calling me to serve Him in full-time ministry. So after graduation from college, I moved to Fort Worth, Texas to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was while I was in Seminary that I met and later married my wonderful wife, Melanie. After graduating from Southwestern Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree we moved to Carthage, Missouri to serve First Baptist Church as Minister of Youth and Administration. God blessed our ministry and our family and both grew during the eleven years we served that great church. Three of our four children were born while we lived in Carthage. I received my Doctor of Ministry Degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1992.
In August of 1994, I accepted the invitation to become the pastor of First Baptist Church here in Higginsville. Our fourth child was born in October of that same year. We have been tremendously blessed to live in this community and raise our family here.
Over the years we have seen God’s hand of blessing upon our church. We continue to see God moving to touch and transform lives. We have grown and expanded our facilities to meet the growing needs. It is exciting to be a part of such a wonderful, loving family of believers. If you are looking for a church home, I hope you will personally visit our church and discover for yourself what a great group of people make up this church family!
My name is Dennis Million. I moved to Higginsville in January 2005 from a small town in rural northeast Missouri. Shelbina has about half
the population of Higginsville and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to move to this community and serve at First Baptist Church.
My parents were blessed with two daughters and five sons. I am the third child and the second son. I was raised by loving Christian parents who loved each of us with an undying love. They demonstrated their love by remaining true to each other despite the demands and challenges of seven kids hanging around 24/7. Because of their faith and commitment to God and each other, I came to realize that even though I was raised to be a "good kid", I still had need of a Savior. When I was fourteen, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I was baptized in May of 1972. Since that time, I have seen the Lord's hand in so many aspects of life.
In January of my senior year in High School, I found myself laid off from the job that I thought was going to be my life career. With lots of spare time on my hands, I accepted an invitation to attend a weekend getaway at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar. I returned home that weekend having registered to attend that fall. Quite the surprise not only to my parents, who were very supportive of the decision, but to me! During my entire life, I had only been away from home the total of one whole week. I attended a band camp my sophomore year. Not a great experience, but I survived to report back to the ladies organization that had sponsored me.
I truly felt God giving me this opportunity to experience growth in my spiritual life. I received a degree in Religious Education and a minor in Church Music. Upon graduation, He again opened doors for me to return to my hometown to serve as a part time Youth Minister and work full time in a local banking institution. I served in this part time position for five years. I then continued to serve in various volunteer positions in the church. Wherever God would open a door. I continued to be employed by the bank for twenty four years. It was a great experience.
Then in the fall of 2004, God provided an opportunity to visit First Baptist Church of Higginsville in view of a call to serve as Minister of Music and Education. It was a big step, but as He promises, "I will never leave you or forsake you." And He hasn't!
It has been a wonderful experience to be a member of this church. Knowing that God is always at work. Accomplishing His purposes through those who are willing to obediently follow Him. It is exciting to see God at work in so many individuals here at First Baptist Church. I am grateful He has brought me to this place.
My name is Mike Johns and I am the Minister of Youth and Recreation here at FBC Higginsville. I have been serving here since January of 2007.
It is an incredible journey and one that I never would have imagined taking. God has moved my family here to minister to a great group of students.
I was born and raised in the Kansas City area and enjoyed life in the big city. I was working as a Computer Technician and that was going well. For over 13 years, God placed me at 2 different churches doing bi-vocational ministry. Then his call came to do ministry full-time and to trust in Him. It was a lengthy process to discern his call and a huge step of faith, but God has been faithful all the way.
Dena & I have been blessed with 4 children: Micah, Denaia, Makenna, & Dezra!
Favorite food: Chipotle, PepperJax Grill.
Favorite sports: Baseball, College Basketball, and Pro Football.
Favorite Music: Andy Mineo, Skillet, Twenty One Pilots, TFK.
Hobbies: Puzzles, spending time with family, baseball cards.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6