Dave Van Bebber was called to FBC Buffalo in September of 2015. He and his wife Valerie have four kids: Johnathan; Evie; Violet; and Elisha. Some of their favorite family activities include riding bikes together, playing board games on their weekly “Family Fun Night”, and camping.
Dave is a Missouri State graduate, a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwest Baptist University.
Pastor Van Bebber served for 8 years in the US Army as a Flight Operations Specialist, ending his military career as an E-5. Besides pastoring Brother Dave has taught at MSU, OTC, and SFCC.
Some of Dave’s personal hobbies are studying apologetics and systematic theology. He is an avid reader and cyclist. Dave is also an SCI survivor, and a published researcher. He currently host a podcast "T.A.G. You're It!" with apologist Adam "Ray Ray" Cochrun.
Our Children's Ministry Directors
Jessie Allred joined FBC in 2016. Jessie accepted Christ at a young age, and has served in various children's ministries from her youth through adulthood. Jessie and her husband Cray are raising two daughters, Lydia and Charlotte. Jessie enjoys reading and being outdoors.
Becky Rash has been a member of FBC Buffalo since 2016. She accepted Christ as her savior as a young child and was baptized at North Park Baptist Church in Humble, TX. She married Casey Rash in 2004, and together they have three children: Maddy, Jace, and Makenna. Becky's hobbies include horseback riding, crafting, and reading novels. Becky has a passion for serving the children in her church and community, and believes that children's ministry has an important, supportive role for parents. She loves helping families teach their children about Christ and creating a foundation of faith that will guide them their whole lives.
Our Associate Pastor
Logan Battiste is from St. Louis, Missouri. He accepted Christ as his savior when he was in second grade. He was baptized by his father at Florissant General Baptist Church. He grew up in a family of pastors and has a multi-denominational background, including experience with Southern Baptist, Disciples of Christ, General Baptist, and Independent Baptist congregations.
Logan holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Southwest Baptist University. He has served in foreign and local missions, teaches Sunday School, and leads Wednesday night bible studies.
Some of his hobbies include reading, playing video games, playing soccer, enjoying the outdoors, and occasionally binging a show series on Netflix. He is currently working toward ordination and has been licensed to ministry through FBC Buffalo.
Our Education Director
Cray Allred has lived and worked in the Springfield area all his life. He was saved and baptized as a teenager, and served in various ministry capacities since high school. Cray has worked for non-profit organizations throughout his career while being blessed with creative audio/writing freelance opportunities that match his theological and other interests. His church family and biological family (wife Jessie, daughters Lydia and Charlotte) are a continual stream of joy.