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Dr. Wade Smith, Pastor 

Dr. Wade E. Smith, Pastor

Dr. Wade Smith completed his tenth year as the pastor of First Baptist Church in June 2017. As a student at the University of Oklahoma in the 1980s, Wade attended First Baptist during the pastorate of Dr. Lavonn Brown. As a 21-year-old graduate from OU, Wade fondly remembers the Sunday that First Baptist Norman commissioned him as a Journeyman Missionary to Panama. Twenty-one years later, at the age of 42, Wade accepted the call to pastor his college church.

Dr. Smith completed his Masters of Divinity at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth in 1992 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics from Baylor University in 1998. He has served churches in Oklahoma and Texas in various capacities working with youth, college students, and pastoring.

Wade and Gay married in 1990 and are blessed with four children. Gay teaches special education with Norman Public Schools and leads a women’s Bible Study on Wednesday evenings. Their oldest daughter, Morgan, began OU Medical School in the fall of 2017; twin daughters, Jennifer and Alyssa are studying at Oklahoma City Community College; and son, Wilson, is a student at Norman North High School. Wade enjoys summer “road trips” with the family, writing a monthly devotional for the Norman Transcript, attending OU sporting events and playing an occasional round of golf.

I am blessed to pastor the First Baptist Church of Norman, a unique expression of Baptist life and faith in Oklahoma.

 

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 minister 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 an MA 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.

 

Roy Joe Ham, Minister of Administration 

Roy Joe celebrated his 10th anniversary as the Minister of Administration in June 2018. He is a native of the Texas Hill country and holds a BS 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 came to FBCN from the Houston, Texas area.

Roy Joe married Lydia in 1974, and they have been blessed with three daughters Jennifer Ham, currently residing in San Francisco, CA; Courtney (Alan and son Sam) Ramirez and Rebekah (Ryan and son RJ) McCaw living in Dallas area. 

In addition to his ministry experience Roy Joe has 20+ years experience in agriculture, construction, public relations and management. Prior to his call to full time ministry in 1994 he served as a deacon for 13 years in Memphis, TN, Corpus Christi and Uvalde, TX. Roy Joe has also served as pastor in the Waco, TX area, the western mountains of Colorado, and in Montgomery Texas. He has participated in short term mission opportunities to Boston, Jamaica, Mexico and Czech Republic, as well as being the founding pastor of the mission church New Life Fellowship.

Roy Joe has a passion to lead people to live out their faith through impacting their neighbors, friends and strangers for the sake of Christ. 

"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?'"  

  

 

Suzette Mason, Minister of Discipleship and Children

On January 14 the church voted to issue a call to Suzette Mason to serve as our Minister of Discipleship and Children.

Suzzette comes our way from FBC Tallahassee, Fla., where she served as the Minister of Children. She brings a wealth of experience and great passion in the areas of Children Ministry, Family Ministry, and Discipleship.   

Suzette received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a specialization in Early Childhood from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. She completed a Masters in Religious Education at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Suzette loves to cook, entertain others, decorate, read, and spend time at the beach.

 

Vickie Riggs, Minister of Community Impact/Adults 55+

Vickie has been on staff at First Baptist since 1984. She began her ministry as the Family Life Associate/Senior Adult Minister. She has been involved in many areas of ministry since coming to First Baptist such as, missions, community, and bereavement. Vickie was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology/social work from Missouri Southern State College. She earned her master’s degree from OU, with an emphasis on therapeutic and church recreation. She has been blessed to know generations of families at First Baptist and considers them family. Vickie has enjoyed traveling and planning travel opportunities for the senior adults through the years. The Family Life Ministry has always been a special focus of ministry because it allows her to be involved in ministry with the Norman community as well as all ages at First Baptist.

 

Chad Smith, Minister of Music and Worship Arts

Chad, Tara and their identical twin 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 Youth

After having spent the last 16 years in Recreation Ministry, Clint became our Minister of Recreation and Youth in August 2017. He and his wife, Allison, have three children: Austin, Avery Grace and Alexandria (Alex) Faith. Their family enjoys numerous outdoor activities and traveling.

“I have had the unique opportunity to reach people for Christ through sports. That will continue to be part of my focus. I also love our students and look forward to helping them grow in their walk with Christ.”