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Senior Pastor
Gary Mitchener

Pastor Gary started the 1st FWB Church of Ozark on July 15, 1993 with his  wife, Brenda and three children, Christi, David and Rebecca.

Pastor Gary says, "The Lord has blessed my ministry with a "wonderful staff and group of volunteers."

Pastor Gary was ordained in 1976 and has pastored for over 30 years in Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas. He has served as Associate Moderator in these states as well as chairman of the Kansas State Missions and currently as chaiman of the Missouri Mission Board.  He enjoys golfing, fishing, restoring antique cars, and playing with his grandsons, Silas, Wesley and Kole. Brenda is active in the church by supporting her husband as "Pastor''s wife" along with a great love for people, working in the baby nursery, and teaching children''s classes.  Brenda enjoys reading, shopping, teaching and working with children.  Brenda says she enjoys being a Pastor''s wife and ministering in the church.  To reach Pastor Gary, please use our contact form

ssociate Pastor / Minister of Music
Greg Smith
Secretary / Children's Music Director
Kim Smith

Greg has been on staff since the summer of 2000 and has taken the music at 1st FWB, Ozark, to a whole new level in Christ. Greg is a 1992 graduate from the Free Will Baptist Bible College, Nashville, Tennessee.  Greg, along with his wife, Kim, have served in Church Music Ministry for over 20 years. Greg was licensed and ordained as a Minister in November, 2001. He enjoys fishing, hunting and riding his motorcycle. Kim leads the Children's Music Ministry. Kim is also highly involved in the Church Service Worship along side Greg.  Kim also serves as the Church Secretary. She enjoys working with children, piano, singing, and  being with friends. Greg and Kim have three boys, Layton (and wife, Stephanie) Daylen and Caysen and one grandson, Micah. 

To reach Greg or Kim please use our contact form.

CHAOS Family Ministries Director
Layton Smith

We recently hired Layton Smith as full-time Children’s Director.  Layton is a
graduate of Welch College. 

Layton and his wife, Stephanie, have one son, Micah.  Layton is the son of Rev. Greg and Kim Smith.  Stephanie is the daughter of Rev. Mike and Leslie Holesapple. 

We are looking forward to seeing our Children’s Ministry continue to grow!

To contact Layton, please use our contact form.

Administrative Assistant

Chuck Meppelink  (Pictured with his wife, Kay)

Being semi-retired, he has joined the staff as an Administrative Assistant and also teaches the Adult Sanctuary Class. His wife Kay carries on an exhausting schedule as a hair stylist in her own salon. Her people skills and love for the Lord make her a great asset to her husband and their ministry. Chuck was ordained to the ministry in 1965 and has pastored in the states of Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, California, Illinois, and Missouri. He has also ministered overseas on several occasions in Africa and several European countries.

Chuck said, "We feel blessed that God has allowed us to serve alongside the Pastors and staff of the Ozark Free Will Baptist Church. The desire of our hearts is to lead people into a greater hunger for the Word of God and to help them grow into the image of Christ. We hope that the skills learned over the past decades of ministry will be of value to the church family.”



Walter Hosiner (wife, Barbara)

Clifford Brawley (wife , Dorothy)

Gary French (wife, Pam)

Kyle Schildknect (wife, Carmen)


Andy McNeill, Chariman (wife, Stacy)

Matt Evans (wife, Betsey)

Bill Sult (wife, Melanie)

Gene Crewse (wife, Dottie)

Erick Roberts (wife, Shannon)

To contact any of our Deacons and Advisors, please use the contact form.

First Free Will Baptist Church

2106 W. Evangel Street
Ozark, MO 65721

We are located right off the 65 / 14 interchange in Ozark.
(South of McDonalds)

Phone: (417) 581-5246|Fax: 581-5247
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