Our Mission & Vision
At Iola First Baptist Church our purpose is to Love God, Learn His Word, Live for Him, and Light His World. We believe every person is precious to God, has a God-given purpose, and has the potential to be transformed through the power of Jesus Christ. Iola First Baptist Church is about our people; not the building we occupy. We pray you’ll get to know us through our personal testimonial stories. Most of all we pray you’ll get to know the One who has changed our lives.
Our leadership team consists of five church council members who head up the ministries of Worship (Barbie Daugharthy), Fellowship (Opal Beshore), Ministry (Vella Lower), Missions/Evangelism (Terry Sparks), and Discipleship (Mike Quinn). Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God and His Word, and that we are to be servant leaders who exalt our Savior.
Pastor Mike Quinn, Senior Pastor
As senior pastor, Pastor Mike has a passion for unpacking the truths of Scripture. He has served at Iola First Baptist Church for nearly five years. He and his wife have two grown children and six grandchildren. Pastor Mike leads many local outreaches including a jail ministry. The pastor’s desire is to devote himself to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. His goal is to equip believers for the work of the ministry and take the gospel to the lost, both here and around the world through missions. Pastor Mike’s personal mission statement is: “I desire to exalt the Savior through sermons; exhort the sinner to salvation; and equip the saints for service.” Meet the Pastor (testimony).
Janeen keeps things running smoothly at First Baptist. She is the first person to greet those who come through our doors or who call on the phone. She is a valuable and trusted member of our staff. Janeen is a godly woman with a listening ear and caring heart. She puts those gifts to good use as a member of the Ministry Team.
Jonathan Palmer, Youth & Music Leader
Jonathan’s main responsibilities are teaching the youth and leading worship services. Jonathan and his wife Kristina are extremely gifted musically. They are also passionate about youth and have a way of making each teen feel they are cared about and valuable. Jonathan is the leader of the Worship Team.
Becky is first and foremost our pastor’s wife. She considers it a great honor to serve alongside her husband at First Baptist. She is humbled that the church has allowed her the time to pursue her passion of writing and directing dramas. An equal passion of hers is teaching children and leading them toward the Savior and discipleship. Becky is a member of the Discipleship Team and is also responsible for assisting with many administrative duties for the Church Council, and the Missions/Evangelism Team. Becky’s personal mission statement: “My desire is that God would use me to lift up my Savior Jesus Christ through teaching, writing, and drama.” Personal Life Story Of Becky Quinn