Pastor Worley was saved while attending Beulah Beach Youth Camp in Vermillion, Ohio, on August 22, 1975. He later surrendered to full-time service while working at another youth camp, the Living Hope Ranch, near Fremont, Indiana. After graduating from State Line Christian School in Temperance, Michigan, he enrolled in Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana, for his training for the ministry. There, he met his wife, Tracey, and the two were married in 1985. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in pastoral theology, he and his wife went to serve in Hazard, Kentucky, at the Bible Baptist Church under the leadership of Jeff Fugate. It was there that he recognized God’s call on his life to be a pastor. From Kentucky they moved to Toledo, Ohio, to teach in State Line Christian School for two years. During that time he met with his pastor, Dr. Les Hobbins, on a weekly basis for personal, one-on-one training for the pastorate. In 1989, he became the pastor of the Bible Baptist Church of New Franklin, Missouri. In 1995, God called him to the Lewis Avenue Baptist Church of Temperance, Michigan, to serve as an Assistant Pastor and start a ministry to senior citizens. Then, in 2004, God called him to become the pastor of the Freedom Baptist Church. We thank the Lord for Pastor Worley and his family. His love for his Lord is very evident and overflows into his preaching causing our hearts to be blessed. Pastor Worley has a passion for souls and a desire to help God’s people be all they can be for the Lord.
Our Assistant Pastor Dan Worley was privileged to grow up in a Christian home and received Jesus as his Savior at a young age. His family started attending the Lewis Avenue Baptist Church in Temperance, Michigan, when he was 6 years old, and it was there, during his teenage years, he surrendered his life to full-time Christian service. Upon graduating from Stateline Christian School, he attended Hyles Anderson College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Theology in 2002. A few months after graduation, he and his wife, Jennifer, were married, and soon began teaching at Jordan Baptist School outside Chicago, Illinois. Dan also served as the Bus Director in the church. In 2007, he accepted the assistant pastor position of our church as the youth pastor and is now also the music director.
Wayne Fincher was saved while attending a church service at Bethel Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington, near Ft. Lewis where he was stationed, in June of 2000. Upon graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army where he served for 20 years until he retired in June 2011. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, the Lord led his family to our church in 2007. He and his wife immediately dove right in and began soul winning and serving where ever they were needed. It was here he felt the Lord was calling him into full-time Christian service. After surrendering to do God’s will for his life, he began to work online to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Theology through Baptist College of America. In 2012, he completed the necessary requirements to earn his diploma. In 2011, after his retirement from the military, he accepted the position of assistant pastor, overseeing our military ministry.
Sandra Cooper grew up in East Fayetteville. As a youth she attended Temple Baptist Church, where she was saved at age 15. She was active in their bus ministry, serving as a bus captain for several years. She and her husband, James, started attending FBC in 1982. Over the years, they have served in the bus ministry, as the teen directors, in the choir, and are currently active in the soul winning ministry. Sandra has been the secretary of FBC since 1986.