Pastor, Leaders and Staff

Jay Hale, website


    Jay Hale was privileged to grow up in a Christian home and in Bible-centered churches.  He made his own personal decision to follow Christ when he was nine years old.  He and his wife Beverly have served in many different roles in many different churches across the United States and in Europe.  Jay is a second-career pastor, having retired from the United States Army in 2007.  Jay’s first pastorate was at Syracuse Southern Baptist Church in Syracuse, Kansas.  He has served in Burlington since May, 2011. You can contact him at the Church's email:

    Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;

    1 Peter 5:2


    Allison Nauertc is our secretary. If you have any questions about the church or our ministries you may reach her at our office at 620-364-2910.

    Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

    Beckie Price, Custodian, is a mother of  three sons, and makes a living cleaning several places. She has been custodian since 2010 and enjoys reading in her free time.

    “Or what woman, ..............does not light a lamp and sweep the house......? Luke 15:8

    Suzanne Guinn is our Website administrator. She has an MLS with a tract in technology, Any questions you may have about our website you may contact her at

    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11


    Jim Garner is a retired hospital administrator and former band teacher who serves as our music worship leader. He also oversees fellowship ministries of the church. He and his wife have been involved with First Baptist since 2000.

    Greg Kropf is an active and busy farmer. He serves as a Sunday School teacher for the adults, and is actively involved in the Gideons ministry. He and his wife have five children. They joined the church in 2000.

    Ken Oliver is a retired engineer from Wolf Creek Power plant. He and his wife came to First Baptist Church in 1995. They have three daughters, and in his spare time loves working in his woodshop.

    Butch Gilkison is treasurer and Sunday School teacher of the senior adults and currently the chairman of deacons . He makes a living as an accountant. He and his wife have been with First Baptist Church since 1985. He and his wife raised two children, and he loves hunting.

    For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:18


    Director of Training – Lawrence Comfort is responsible for the efforts of the church to train people “how to…”  Discipleship classes that help people know how to live their Christian life in their context fall in this category.  Work to prepare people to participate in mission efforts also fall under this category.

    Director of Education – Stan Devena oversees the ministries focused on educating people in God’s word and about our denomination.  This includes Bible studies on Sunday mornings, ladies’ studies, or studies at home.  Efforts to educate people about the Southern Baptist Convention and our relationship to it fall under Stan’s purview, also.

    Director of Facilities – David Donohoe leads efforts to improve, maintain and effectively use the facilities God has provided for us.  He oversees all efforts to improve the appearance and accessibility of the facilities – mowing, shrubbery, snow removal, etc.  He also works to improve the usefulness and efficiency of the building’s interior spaces.

    Director of Worship and Fellowship Ministries – Jim Garner works with a variety of people as he leads in this area.  Regarding worship ministries, Jim looks for opportunities to help the congregation to worship – whether in music, other ministries from outside the church, or in other forms of worship arts.  In addition to leading in the worship ministries of the church, he is also currently serving as the music leader for the church.  Jim is responsible to make sure the hospitality teams have all they need to facilitate the fellowship times of the church.Jim Garner - Music Director. Jim, besides being a deacon leads our music ministry. He is a former band teacher and is well suited to lead our instrumentalists for our worship service. 

    Director of Administration – Starley Hatch oversees the administrative efforts of the church including information sharing and protection, preparation of budgets for the church’s approval, driving the effort to identify workers in various areas, and records administration and preservation

    Director of Mobilization – Jeff Suter is always on the lookout for practical ministries we can accomplish in our own community as well as researching potential spots for mission trips for the church.  As a result of his efforts, FBC has had engaging times of ministry in Arkansas, Nebraska and Kansas as well as blitzes in our own community.

    We are glad you visited our website.  If you have trouble viewing any of the pages, please let us know.  You may contact Suzanne Guinn, the website administrator, at Please put "church website" in the subject line.

    Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: Exodus 18:21


    David Donahoe, Head Trustee
    David Alford
    Stan Devena

    I have placed wisdom within every skilled craftsman in order to make all that I have commanded you: 2 Chronicles 20:17

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    The Under-Shepherd