Dr. Charles McLain
Senior Pastor

Meet Dr. Charles McLain

  • Hometown: Born and raised in Grandfield, Oklahoma
  • Immediate Family: Wife, Joy; 2 sons, Ben & Jordan; 2 daughters, Meredith & Beth. 5 grandchildren.
  • Education:  B/S Degree Finance, Oklahoma State University. Master of Divinity/ Doctoral Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Doctor of Ministry, Andersonville Theological Seminary.
  • Years in Ministry: Forty-five. Pastor of five churches. Served with North American Mission Board for over five years.
  • Life Verse:  Joshua 1: 9, “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and of good courage:  do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
  • One Great Passion:  Preaching the Gospel and being a pastor.
Carey Jones
Associate Pastor

Meet Carey Jones

Carey was called to First Baptist in 2014; he is from Texas and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with His Masters of Divinity in 1996.  He previously served churches in Texas and Arkansas before coming to Festus.  Carey’s wife, Lisa, has been a Kindergarten teacher for over 15 years and is currently teaching in the local school district.  They have two children; Nate who recently graduated from college and is preparing to be an Accountant, and Jennifer who is a senior in high school.

As Associate Pastor, Carey has many duties which include overseeing Sunday Connection Groups, weekly support groups, pastoral care, and the daily business administration of the church which includes things like, finances, insurance, and overseeing the maintenance of the facilities.  In addition, he directs the Children’s Ministry, Preschool, and Awana ministries.  During the summer months he leads the kids program,Fun in The Son, by taking the children to fun destinations in the St. Louis area for fellowship and fun.  He also coordinates the entertainment for the Senior Adult luncheons on a monthly basis and drives the bus for their monthly trips.

Carey’s life verse is Romans 12:1; “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service;” and his passion is leading people to Jesus!   His first job was in his family’s fishing business on the Texas gulf coast, so Matthew 4:19 is special to him in his love for evangelism, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Aaron Walden
Worship Pastor

Meet Aaron Walden

  • Hometown: Bristol, VA
  • Immediate Family: wife – Rachel; two sons, Joshua and David; two daughters, Elizabeth and Suzanna.
  • Education: Master of Divinity with concentration in Church Music – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Years in Ministry: 10
  • Life Verse: “Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:22-23 NASB
  • Odd Hobby: Cooking!!!!
  • Favorite Food: What isn’t my favorite food I love it all !!!
  • One Great Passion: Teaching on Worship