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Ministry Staff

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Dr. Wade Smith, Pastor 

Dr. Wade Smith attended First Baptist as a student at the University of Oklahoma in the mid-1980s. Following graduation from OU, Wade served two years as a Journeyman Missionary in Panama. After returning to the United States, he began his seminary education and served the Arrow Heights Baptist Church in Broken Arrow as youth minister. He graduated from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth in 1992 and began doctoral studies at Baylor University that same year. While in Waco, Wade served as the Minister to Youth and Students at the First Baptist Church of Waco. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Ethics in 1998. The opportunity to pastor came in 2002 when Wade was called to Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro, Texas. In April 2007, he was called to serve as First Baptist Norman's fifth pastor in almost 80 years. He began his ministry at First Baptist in June 2007. Wade is excited to be back in Norman and to be a part of First Baptist again. He believes the Lord has a bright future for First Baptist as he continues to minister and serve the people of our community and world.

Wade and Gay married in 1990 and have been blessed with 4 children — Morgan, Jennifer and Alyssa (twins), and Wilson. Gay is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has taught special education. When not at church, Wade enjoys being at home with his family, attending OU sporting events and playing an occasional round of golf.

 

Angela Atkins, Minister of Community Ministries

Angela joined the staff of FBC Norman in 2008 as the co-director of our Kid’s Hope USA mentoring program. She transitioned to interim community minister in August 2013, and then became the Director of Community Ministries not long after that.

Angela grew up in Tecumseh. She and her husband Shannon married in 1998 and have been members of FBC since 2001. She has a bachelors degree in interior design from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture, and worked as a designer at OU for 10 years. While there, she completed a Masters in Liberal Studies from OU, studying design and learning. After she left that career, she went back to school for a Masters of Art in Theology from Southern Nazarene University. They have two children, Isaac and Grace. She loves traveling, spending time with her family, helping children and making lots of quilts.

 

Crystal Byrd, Minister to Children

Rev. Crystal R. Byrd has served as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Norman since October 2011. Born and raised in Alvin, Texas, she has one younger sister, Bridget, who lives with her mother, Sonja, in Alvin. She was blessed to live next door to her grandparents, Oma and Opa, all her life. In 2011, Crystal graduated from Dallas Baptist University (DBU) with a M.A. in Christian Education: Childhood Ministry and a M.A. in Theological Studies. Before coming to Norman, she served in two Texas churches, High Pointe Baptist Church and First Baptist Dallas. In March 2014, FBC Norman affirmed Crystal’s call to ministry, and ordained her as a Minister of the Gospel. Her philosophy for children’s ministry is to guide them through their spiritual formation, walk with them through everyday life and teach them of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, forgiveness and unconditional love. Crystal’s desires is that each child in her ministry knows that they are loved and valued by Christ, and that they are loved and valued by their minister. 

 

Roy Joe Ham, Minister of Administration 

Roy Joe joined the staff as Minister of Administration, in June 2008 comin

g from the Houston, Texas, area. He is a native of the Texas Hill country and holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture Ed. from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.  

Roy Joe has been married to Lydia for 34 years, and has three daughters Jennifer Ham, Courtney Ramirez and Rebekah Ham. Prior to his call to full time ministry in 1994, he served as a deacon for 13 years in Memphis, Tenn., Corpus Christi, and Uvalde, Texas. 

He comes to FBC with a background in agriculture, construction, public relations and management. Roy Joe has also served as pastor in the Waco, Texas, area, the western mountains of Colorado, and in Montgomery Texas. He has participated in short term mission opportunities to Boston, Jamaica, Mexico, and Prague, as well as being the founding pastor of the mission church New Life Fellowship.

"My philosophy of this ministry is that each building, item of furniture, vehicle and dollar that are given or used by FBC in our ministry here in Norman or around the world, should be appropriately considered both as gifts from God and our offering to Him in return. I see the maintenance, care and use of these as visual testimony of our love for God and our understanding of our call to be His people on the mission to be His voice, hands and feet to the world around us as well as to each other. That will always come with the prayer and question of' how are we doing in that regard?’"

 

Kirk Hatcher, Minister of Spiritual Formation

Kirk joined the staff of FBC Norman in January 2008, having spent the last 20 years in Youth Ministry at several churches in Texas including his previous position as Minister to Youth at South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Kirk earned his bachelor of business administration degree from Baylor, followed by his Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, also at Baylor. Kirk claims his biggest achievement in life was surviving seven years in Waco. If you want to find Kirk, either go to your nearest coffee shop or golf course...he'll be at one of those, or at least on his way. Kirk and his wife, Jill (also a Baylor grad), have three mostly-wonderful boys: Britton, Caeden and Dylan.

After seven years as FBC's Youth Minister, Kirk stepped into the role of Minister of Spiritual Formation in January 2015.

 

Rich Lubbers, Minister to Youth

Rich joined the staff at FBC Norman in January 2015 as the Minister to Youth after serving as the Pastor of FBC Oglesby, Texas, Minister to Students at NorthHaven Church, and Youth Intern at FBC Richardson, Texas. He also spent some time serving with his wife overseas. Rich graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma, then received a Master of Divinity and Master of Business Administration degree from George W. Truett Seminary and Baylor University. Rich's wife Stacy also is an OU and Truett grad. They have one child. Rich loves his dog, a Belgian Malinois named Sir Thomas a Becket (Mr. Becket for short) more than he should, and drinks copious amounts of caffeine in the forms of unsweet tea and black coffee. He is a staunch supporter of the Oxford comma, Chelsea football, and dark chocolate Kit Kats. If OU plays it, he wants to watch it, and sometimes just needs someone to go with, so will you be his friend?

 

Vickie Riggs, Senior Adult Minister

Vickie has been a part of the FBC Staff since 1982 (at which point she was just 7-years-old). She currently leads balanced, encouraging and challenging ministries to Senior Adults and inspires the entire congregation to be involved in mission in the local community and around the world. She is a graduate of Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Mo., and earned her master's degree from OU, producing a thesis on Church Recreation. She loves Jerry Lewis movies, 1950s music. Most people would be impressed to know that she was introduced by Vincent Price when she was a candidate for Homecoming Queen in college.

 

Chad Smith, Minister of Music and Worship Arts

Chad, Tara and their identical twin 5-year-old girls, Addison Grace and Ainsley Faith, are originally from Texas. Chad was raised in Whitewright and Tara in Houston.
Chad received a bachelor of arts and sciences degree in fine arts/church music from Dallas Baptist University in May 2004. Additionally, he has studied aeronautical science/professional piloting at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.
Chad has more than 20 years experience of serving the local church in the areas of music, worship arts, education and senior adults. He accepted Christ at the age of 12 at a Lake Lavon Baptist Youth Camp and felt a call to ministry soon after.   
For fun, Chad enjoys water and snow skiing, piloting, traveling and is a classic Corvette and Mustang enthusiast.
Chad sees huge potential here, especially in the area of Worship Arts/Music, and is excited about the great things God has planned for the future of the church.
Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Clint Taylor, Minister of Recreation and Community Outreach 

After having spent the last seven years in Recreation Ministry, Clint joined the FBC Norman staff in May 2008, as the new director of our Family Life Center. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and is working toward a certificate in ministry through East Texas Baptist University. He and his wife, Allison, have three children: Austin, Avery Grace and Alexandria (Alex) Faith. Their family enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. They also like geo-caching, a world-wide hidden treasure hunt. 

“I am excited every day to reach people for Christ through sports and family activities. We have a special opportunity in Recreation Ministry to touch lives that would not have come otherwise into a church building.”