Church  First Baptist Church Guest Speakers!

  • Cole Penick - Guest Pastor

    A little bit about our month of February guest Pastor Cole Penick. He became a part of UBC as a college freshman in 2003. After graduating, he served on staff in the College Ministry before taking over the local Baptist Collegiate Ministry in 2012. He holds an M.Div. from Southern Seminary and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the UofA. UBC has been the context of many of the most shaping elements of Cole’s life. He met and married his wife at UBC, was ordained, trained, and sent out into ministry here, and has learned much about personal faithfulness through the example and instruction of other members.

    Cole was converted at a young age while growing up in a Gospel-saturated home. He and his wife, Caroline, hope to create that same environment for their four children, Charlotte, Elliot, Silas, and Nate. The Penicks live right in the middle of campus, their mission field. They enjoy family walks on campus, watching and playing sports, making and eating good food, and oh so many books.
  • Gary Baltrusch - Guest Music Leader

    Gary Baltrusch has been a long time bi-vocational worship minister at various churches, most recently serving at Cherry Ridge Baptist Church in Bastrop, LA, and Bethany Baptist Church in Bethany, LA.  Gary spent 5&1/2 years with his wife Glenda traveling and singing gospel concerts in the contiguous United States prior to these most recent stints as worship minister.  He also served as worship minister 10 years at First Baptist Winslow before that.


    Gary and Glenda make their home in Winslow, AR.

  • Brian Taylor - Guest Music Leader

    Please join us on Sunday, we are so excited to have special guest music leader Brian Taylor.

    Bryan and Mandy Taylor both went to Springdale high and the University of Arkansas . Mandy taught public school at Springdale for 8 years until having children and now homeschools both girls. Bryan has served in Bi-vocational and full-time ministry. He is also been involved in construction for many years and is now owner of Shiloh home solutions. Bryan and Mandy have been married for almost 27 years and have two beautiful daughters. Maryssa 17 and Shea 10.

  • Stephanie Stright-Richards - Guest Pianist

    If you have not heard Stephanie play the piano you are missing out on hearing a true talent from God.

    Stephanie Straight-Richards graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1994 with a degree in piano. She has participated and won several piano competitions and opened Stephanie’s Musique in Dec. of 1994. In 2011 she released her first CD and the second one was released in 2014 - both of which were recorded in Nashville, TN. She has been blessed to serve as the pianist for Lakeview Baptist Church and for First Baptist Elkins. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Stephanie, her husband and little boy Braden reside in Springdale.