Meet Our Staff

Dr. Buddy Perstrope

Dr. Perstrope joined the First Baptist Church staff as Senior Pastor in June 2012. He grew up south of St. Louis in Arnold, Missouri. Buddy has served as a Senior Pastor for over 15 years in growing churches in Mississippi and Georgia. He also served as a Children’s Minister for five years, including three years […]

Al Willis

Al was hired as Church Business Administrator in January 2014 and oversees four key areas of ministry: Finance & Business, Property & Grounds, Human Resources and General Administration, including all non ministerial staff.  In 2010, Al retired after 37 years from UPS, INC, where he served as a business manager out of the Chicago Regional […]

Jerry Dudley

Jerry has served at First Baptist Church since September of 2000. He is a native to St. Louis and has been the senior pastor of three churches in Missouri prior to joining the staff at First Baptist. He has a God-given passion for Church growth and reaching lost people. He and his wife, Pam met […]

Juli Perstrope

Juli joined our team in January 2013 to help guests and members get connected into our church family. She oversees the First Impressions Team, church outreach, and the FBC101 class. She also coordinates details for events and helps in areas of media and communication.

Jim Finch

Jim is in charge of anything electronic at FBC. He schedules the Tech Team on all audio and video assignments each month, maintains all video and audio equipment and trains new volunteers on the operation of the equipment. He updates our website, Facebook page and Livestream site. Jim also keeps our church sign up to […]

David Butler

David joined the First Baptist Church staff in August 2014. He grew up in the St. Louis area and has served as worship pastor for over 10 years in both Missouri and Georgia. Prior to becoming a worship pastor, he was an instrumental music director at FBC of Arnold MO. David is also a former […]

Melanie Richardson

Melanie began working as Administrative Assistant in 2016. She can assist you with any questions concerning the membership and general overall operation of the church. She is responsible for coordinating the church calendar and use of facilities. Melanie can be contacted Monday through Friday.

Martha Alexander

Martha Alexander joined the staff in December 2018 as the children’s director.  She was born in Alabama and lived in Tennessee, Louisiana and Georgia before moving to Missouri in 2007.  She met her husband, Craig, while attending Auburn University.  They were married in August of 1992.  They have three children, Lauren, Megan and Stephen. Martha […]