Ministry Leadership

Leadership and Staff  

Senior Pastor:  Winston Burton             

Fragrance Free Pastor: Jake Suter          Worship Pastor: Tyler Hooker

AWANA Director: Bess Brown                   Chairman of Deacons: Jim Chase 

Youth Director: Justin Jewell     Sunday School Director: Lora Hopper

Women’s Bible Study Coordinator: Dorothy Fann



A Little about Pastor Winston…

Winston Burton, Senior Pastor

Here is just a short introduction and biography of myself so we can become acquainted. I accepted the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Rogersville in May of 1976. God’s call for me to pastor this church was so definite that there was no way it could be ignored. That was over 40 years ago. I never anticipated God leaving me here so long, but He did, and I am truly grateful.

I grew up in central Illinois and then moved to Bolivar, Missouri to attend Southwest Baptist University in the fall of 1958 to the spring of 1960. Southwest Baptist was at that time only a junior college. However, while attending school in Bolivar, in 1959, I answered the call to preach. I later received my BS in Education from Southwest Missouri State College, which is now Missouri State University.

I had always known my calling was to be in bi-vocational ministry. The Apostle Paul was a tent making preacher, and I felt called to follow his example, not in tent making mind you, but in the idea of having an outside source of income so as not to burden the Church financially. I am now a retired public school administrator and am pleased my secular vocation opened up a tremendous mission field in which I could also serve. God has also blessed our Church with other dedicated staff who also serves bi-vocationally and have been a great joy and help to me as we reach and serve others for Christ.

I am continuously grateful for my wife, Phyllis, our two daughters, their husbands, and four grandchildren. My prayer for myself, my family, and Church family, is that we always remember and live by

Psalms 20: 7:

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we trust in the name of the Lord our God”

 First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 79, 101 Center, Rogersville, MO  65742, USA, 417-753-2926 email: