Jacob grew up in Fort Smith, AR and attended First Baptist Church from elementary school through high school. He began serving in ministry as an intern in the music ministry here at FBC. Following his internship, he served in three churches before being called to be the Worship and Music Pastor here at First Baptist. Jacob has sung in choirs and played in the band since he was a young boy and received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas in 2009. He then completed his Master of Media and Communication from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2013. Jacob has been married to his wife Haley for six years, and they are excited to have the opportunity to serve at their home church. Jacob is passionate about developing true worshippers, promoting multi-generational worship, and leading the congregation in worship of Jesus Christ.
Daniel responded to God’s call to ministry on his life in 2007. Since that point, Daniel has served as Student Pastor at two churches prior to being called here at First Fort Smith. Daniel has a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Management from John Brown University, and is currently completing his Masters of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Daniel has been married to his wife Megan for 10 years and they have four wonderful little boys; Braedyn, Hudson, Layton, and Sutton. Daniel and Megan are passionate about God’s calling on their lives and strive to do everything with excellence, so that “He would increase and they would decrease” for the furthering of the Gospel and His Kingdom.
Matt Passmore is from Lawton, Oklahoma. He grew up playing sports and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with emphasis in math from Cameron University. Matt married Lisa in 1997, and they have 3 girls, Nicole, Michelle, and Pacie. After teaching and coaching for 7 years, the Lord gave new direction and called him into full time ministry. He has served as a children’s pastor since 2004. Matt joined first Baptist Church in 2009.
Johna surrendered her life to full-time Christian service at age 16 at Barling, First Baptist Church. She graduated (with honors) at the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education the spring of 1980, which is the same year she married her high school sweet heart, Steve. It was one year later that Johna would begin serving, on staff, at First Baptist Church. God has blessed them with two children: Julaina Thornton (husband Aaron) and Sam Gaddis. Johna has served the church over 34 years and loves her Preschoolers. She has made children her life’s work. One of her greatest joys has been to see the children she loved and ministered to have children of their own.