Get to know a little bit more about FBC's Staff
Pastor- Wade Rogers
Wade was born in Lakeland, Florida but moved to Edmonton Kentucky at the age of ten with his family. Wade would tell you that the greatest blessing that came from this move was that he met a young lady by the name of LaDonna Lyle who would become his high school sweetheart and later his wife! The Lord blessed them with three incredible children who are now all married and living for the Lord in different parts of the country.
Wade accepted Christ at the age of nine and answered God's call to preach at 17. He attended Tennessee Temple University and later Luther Rice Bible College. He was licensed to preach by his home church in Campbellsville, Kentucky and later ordained by Oak Park Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida which was his first pastorate and where they served from 1986 till the end of 1992.
In January of 1993 Wade and LaDonna moved their young family to Doniphan, Missouri where he pastored First Baptist Church for more than 13 years. While there the Lord allowed them to be involved in mission trips locally, nationally, and internationally, and to help build a local Shelter and Child Advocacy Center. The Church went through three major building programs while the family was there. After leaving Doniphan, Wade worked briefly in construction, then went on to serve the Lord through a chaplaincy position with Hospice. Before coming to Aurora First Baptist he was with Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Highlandville, Missouri for 3 years.
In March of 2010, God led Wade and LaDonna to start a marriage retreat ministry out of their home near Clever. Passion Ministries was born from a desire to help couples renew their marriages and their walk with Christ. These retreats start on a Friday night and end early on Sunday. The weekend is built around a study of God's creation of the first marriage in Genesis and was written by Wade and LaDonna. This ministry is supported by churches and individuals and is offered at no cost to the couples.
When not doing church work or a retreat, the Rogers love to spend time with their family including their grandchildren Conner and Clair. Wade enjoys most all outdoor activities like deer hunting (both bow and gun), fishing and gardening. LaDonna is more into anything to do with her home and family gatherings. Together they enjoy travel, eating out and walks through the country.
Pastor Wade began his service here at First Baptist Church full time on December 19, 2010. He has been very involved in the community with the local Ministerial Alliance, Bright Futures and with the local Junior High school. Wade also pursues a strong connection with other SBC churches through the Lawrence County Baptist Association.
Youth Pastor - Aaron Gates & Leah Gates
Aaron and Leah were called to First Baptist Aurora in February of 2018. They began working in Youth ministry over 10 years ago at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Verona, MO, after which Aaron became Lead Pastor at Wilson Avenue Baptist Church, Aurora for 2 years. They have a passion for youth, and enjoy seeing lives changed as they encounter God. Their hope is meeting this generation right where they are, and guiding them to a life sold out for Christ. They love spending their free time hanging out with their three teenagers - Mikayla, Makenzie, and Landyn. Aaron enjoys a good game of golf, while Leah likes anything to do with music, and getting crafty!
ABC Preschool Director:
Leah Gates began working with our ABC Preschool in 2005. She strives to teach children the fundamentals of education as well as introducing them to the love of Jesus. She is dedicated to meet the individual needs of her students. Her days are filled with laughter and fun! In February of 2018, Leah and her husband began working with the Youth.
Jodi Perry began working in our church office in November of 2018. She is available to assist our community Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Jodi deals with all things office related for us! If there ever is a question you have, feel free to call Jodi at 678-3774 and she would be happy to help you. Jodi enjoys spending time at home with her husband, John.
Rick Horton has been with the church 2004. He and his wife Becky help to keep our church cleaned and maintained. We are so grateful to have a Godly couple who put the Lord first in their lives and want to serve him so willingly.