Meet The Staff

Robert Beadle


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First  Baptist Church is “In the heart of Benton with a heart for all people”.  It is a joy to be the pastor of this church!  There is a loving, caring spirit here & there is a heart for ministry.  I have always taken I Peter 5:1-4 as my philosophy of pastoring.  I am a shepherd responsible for leading the sheep by example.  Part of my calling is to visit & encourage people, witness to the lost & minister to those who are sick.  But my primary calling is to preach the Word of God to the people.  I am a strong believer in “Text-Driven Preaching”.  Simply put, this means that every sermon is based on the Bible—not popular opinion or popular books.  So a text from the Bible “drives” every sermon—the major points should come from that text.  Only the Bible is an infallible guide for our lives.  That is why I believe that the best way to grow people spiritually is to simply feed them the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit does the rest! One of the greatest joys I have is to see people growing in their faith & hungry for more of God’s Word!  At First Baptist Church, you will find down-to-earth folks who will give you a warm welcome.  You will find a great place to worship & serve God.  I look forward to meeting you. 

Wayne Craig

-Associate Pastor-

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Brother Wayne has served for over 20 years in many areas of the church and is currently associate pastor and education director

Roger Merrit

-Music Director-

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Brother Roger has been with us for more than seven years and leads worship as well as choir.

Tim Parker-Youth Minister-

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Tim Parker is the youth minister and has been on staff for more than 10 years.


We believe the Word of God is true and is needed more than ever in our culture today. We invite you to worship the Holy Father and Jesus Christ.



201 Bellevue St

Benton, LA 71006

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