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.

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team consists of five church council members who head up the ministries of Worship (AJ Jones), Fellowship (Opal Beshore), Ministry (Vella Lower), Missions/Evangelism (Terry Sparks), and Discipleship (Barbie Daugharthy).  Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God and His Word, and that we are to be servant leaders who exalt our Savior.

Church Staff:


randy-johnson-pic-400x356Randy Johnson, Senior Pastor



Nicole Schowengerdt, Church Secretary


Adie Sparks, Children’s Ministry Director


AJ Jones, Youth & Worship Leader