Church  First Baptist Church Ministries


  • Sunday School Directors: Belinda & Jeff Grube

    Meet the Grubes....


    They are so blessed to have found one another. They have been married almost 30 years and have 2 wonderful children. Their children are grown and now out of the house, so they are empty nesters loving life! They have been members of FBCE since 2012 and LOVE being part of a church that loves its community as well as strives to make the community a better place for the next generation. While they have served many places in the church they are now trying to focus growing, both the leaders and students, personal relationship with our Lord and Savior as Sunday School Directors!!

  • Children's Ministries: Lori Welch and Sheril Boaz

    Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.  For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19.14


    We offer a nursery for infants and toddlers with loving volunteers and staff.  Our classes for preschool and elementary students are designed to lay the foundation for kids to have conversations about God and teach them to truly experience God in their lives.  Our teachers strive to create an atmosphere that is fun and exciting so kids look forward to coming and experiencing God. not only on Sunday mornings, but also at AWANA on Wednesday nights.


    Sheril Boaz & Lori Welch, Children’s Ministry Co-Directors: Sheril & Lori are all about KIDS! For nearly 20 years they have worked side-by-side in initiating & running the AWANA program at FBCE, maintaining vibrant weekly Bible studies for children in pre-school through the 6th grade & putting on an exciting Vacation Bible School each summer. They also organize FBCE’s involvement in children’s summer camp at Camp Siloam. Sheril & Lori are always thinking up new ways to get kids enthused about God!

    (You can use their individual pictures for now, but it would be great to get a picture of them together for this.)

  • Children's Ministries: Keith & Amy Cazer

    Keith and Amy Cazer have been married for 26 years. They have 5 children, Brianna, Garrett, Joey, Andy, and Lucas, ranging in age from 24 to 11 years of age. They came to know Jesus as adults and have been members of FBCE since 2004. Keith and Amy have always been committed to displaying their unwavering, love and grace to all the children and youth that they teach and minister to. They are currently teaching Sunday School for grades 1st through 4th and have been involved in AWANA, VBS, Church Camps, and various committees and events and ministries during their time at FBCE. They are excited about what the future holds for First Baptist Church of Elkins and their continued involvement there.  


    Mark 10:14
    14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.



  • Children's Ministries: Sonny & Corienne Varnell

    Sonny and Corienne Varnell have been members at FBCE for seventeen years serving on various committees & teaching Sunday School during this time. Sonny is now serving as one of our active Deacons. Living near St Paul limits some of their involvement but they  love our church & Sunday School Class. They say “God has blessed us with some very special christisn friends”.  The Varnell’s motto “Ask us about our church” 


    What a Blessing they are to this church and community.

  • Adult Bible Studies: Robert Lowrimore

    We are Blessed to have Leader Robert Lowrimore.

    Proverbs 9:10
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

    I have always had a passion for young people to understand the power of prayer and the importance of how to pray.  As a young person in a troubled world I want to teach them the basics of being a Christian so they can grow in the scripture.  I look forward to growing my class and invite anyone to please come join me every Sunday.  I was saved at a young age and met my wife of 48 years, Towana at church camp. I have a son Ryan, a daughter-in-law Melissa, two grandchildren, Logan and Sydney, a granddaughter-in-law Madison and a great grandson Hudson. I am blessed!

  • Adult Bible Studies: Carole & Ernie Heymsfield

    For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am with them. Matthew 18.20


    Don't worry, we have a place for those over 18!! Through classes and small group programs, our main goal is to make adult ministries at FBCE a place where anyone in our congregation can grow closer to community and each other while ultimately growing closer to Christ through Bible study, shared meals, and simply enjoying life with other adults in a positive environment.


    Carol & Ernie have been members of FBCE since they moved to Elkins in 2001. Their passion is to lead others in meaningful Bible study. They are especially eager for folks to discover how relevant Scripture is to life 2,000+ years after it was written! Consider joining them this Spring as they explore a 13-week study entitled “Fundamentals of the Faith” on Sunday mornings. 


    We can't wait to help you connect with the other adults at FBCE

  • Adult Bible Studies: Bobbye Sexson

    Bobbye Sexson is the leader for Women in Christ and has been married to Jim Sexson for 58 years.

    Women in Christ is a diverse group of ladies, bound in our love of God and longing for a deeper knowledge into the character of God and how he works in and through our lives. They are studying in the book of Isaiah. The class welcomes all ages and loves sharing with each other different experiences and how God can be seen in their lives today. These ladies laugh and we pray together as they worship God.

    Wonderful words from Bobbye “I am a 70+ year Christian, forgiven and freed to live a life without limits. God has protected and guided me in good times and bad. But I think the most wondrous gift God has given me apart from salvation is a deep and abiding joy. In Him I can let go and have the joy of knowing He will see me into tomorrow”. 

    Bobbye is a true gem to our Church and thankful she leads this class.

  • Senior Adult Studies: Bob Bryant & Jim Justus

    Bob & Jim combine their years of experience & discipleship to lead our Senior Adult group in Bible study each Sunday morning. They welcome one & all to their lively, interactive study of God’s Word, currently in the book of Luke, moving on to the books of Job & Ecclesiastes this summer. 


    They invite you to “Come study with us! We’ll treat you in so many ways, you’re bound to like one of them!

  • Senior Adult Studies: Bob & Cheryl Bryant

    Bob and Cheryl Bryant will celebrate 40 years of marriage this summer. They have 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. 

      Cheryl is a retired RN. She worked the last 10 years with the VA hospital after serving 26 years at Washington Regional hospital. She worked as a surgical nurse her entire career. 

      Bob is a retired professional engineer and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers. 

      Bob and Cheryl joined FBCE in January of 2016. After a short acclamation period they both became active members within the church. 

      Bob participated in 2 mission trips, chaperoned 3 youth summer camp trips. He has been on the properties committee and co-teaching Senior Adult Sunday school for 4 years. He is also a member of the ABSC Disaster Relief team. 

      Cheryl is active in serving the church and is a member of the AWANAs kitchen staff. They call FBCE home.