Staff

Pastor

Bill Black

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Bill became the pastor in March of 2012.  He previously pastored a Southern Baptist Church in Denton, TX for 18 years.  He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX with a master's degree in Divinity.  He is also a graduate of East Central University in Ada, OK with a degree in Business.  Bill and his wife, Sandy, have been married 27 years.  Sandy is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Religion and a minor in Music.  The couple met at Seminary where Sandy was working on her Master's in Religious Education.  Bill and Sandy were both raised on farms here in Oklahoma; Bill grew up the son of a peanut farmer in Calvin, OK, while Sandy grew up the daughter of a wheat farmer in Ponca City, OK.  Bill and Sandy have two daughters, Abby Faith and Anna Grace, who are currently attending Oklahoma Baptist University.  Abby is engaged to be married to Tanner Long in 2021.




Youth Pastor

Open Position

As of September 1, 2020, we have an open position for youth pastor.  We currently have a team of search committee members accepting resumes, prayerfully interviewing, and patiently waiting to welcome a new youth pastor who God will purposefully lead to our church family.




Music Minister

Blake Smith

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Blake is currently serving as the music minister, while also working for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Blake was previously the youth and music minister of our church from March of 2014 through August of 2020.  Blake was also the youth/music minister at First Baptist Church in Glenpool, OK for one year and Velma Baptist for seven years.  He is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK with a degree in Physical Education and Health.  His wife, Kendra, of 15 years is a graduate of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, OK with a degree in Sociology.  She also is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.  The couple met at Velma Baptist Church in Velma, OK, where they attended church together.  Blake is from Duncan, OK and the son of school teachers, while Kendra is from Velma, OK and the daughter of an oilfield business owner.  They have three children, Kolin, Parker, and Gabby.




Children's Minister

Melissa Northrup

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Melissa came to be FBC Lone Grove's Children's Minister in August 2016. She was born in Ardmore and graduated from Ardmore High School. She is currently finishing her degree in Psychology.  Melissa and her husband, Garry, have been married for 20 years. They have three children, Cameron, Gracie and Jade.  Previously, Melissa was the Ministry Assistant at Martha Road Baptist Church in Altus before moving to Texas.  Melissa was very involved there, serving in children's ministry, student ministry, and outreach programs. She has a passion and love for children and is very excited to be a part of the ministry team at FBC Lone Grove.




Administrative Assistant

Laura Southerland

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Laura joined the staff in March of 2020. She previously retired from working in dentistry after 37 years.  Laura was raised in the Lone Grove community, graduated from Lone Grove High School, and served on the Lone Grove School Board for 13 years.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Willis, for 46 years.  They have two sons and two grandsons.  Laura’s dedication to serving her church, her work, her community, and her family is evident, and in her spare time, she also loves to walk, read, and watch her grandchildren play sports.