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 (Jonathan Palmer), 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


JaneenMyersJaneen Myers, Church Secretary

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 & Worship 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.