Say hello to the leadership team at First Baptist Bolivar


Senior Pastor and his wife Regina

Billy Russell came to FBC from KC to serve as Associate Pastor/Esquire Pastor in November 1999 (until December 2005), and has served as Senior Pastor since January 2006. His primary ministry responsibilities revolve around: preaching/teaching, prayer, leading/equipping, and pastoral care/counseling. 

Billy met Regina, his wife, at a psychiatric hospital in Ft. Worth, TX., during seminary. They married June 18,1988, at FBC Hurst, TX. Regina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a Clinical Instructor in the School of Social Work at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. They have a son, Zack, who is a graduate of Missouri State University. 

Billy enjoys travel, jazz, reading, and is an amateur JFK historian. He is a fan of the professional sport teams in Detroit and the University of Michigan.


Missions & College Pastor

Dave is from St. Louis, and came to Bolivar to attend Southwest Baptist University. At SBU, Dave met Laurel, the love of his lifetime. Laurel and Dave have four kids - Ansley, Elias, Isaac, and Owen. As a family they love reading, cycling, gardening, eating with friends, the outdoors, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

James Bohner

Encounter Worship Leader

James Bohner is the Encounter worship leader. His involvement with ministry at FBC began during his time as a student at SBU in 2009, and he officially came on staff in this position in February 2021. James and his wife, Tarah, have three amazing boys, Asa, Judah, and Davis. Some of their favorite pastimes are playing games, hanging out with friends, and spending time around family.


Student Pastor

Davin Hagebusch is the student pastor at FBC. He enjoys building relationships and making disciples of the next generation. He loves the outdoors, whether that involves hunting/fishing or playing a round of golf. Davin is also married to his beautiful wife Courtney and has two sweet girls and a rowdy little boy. 


Associate/Discipleship Pastor

Mike joined the staff team in May 2018. He married his beautiful bride in 1996 and they have three children. Mike oversees the discipleship opportunities at FBC and enjoys working with various ministry teams to execute strategic plans to reach the community with the gospel. The quickest way to get Mike's attention is to offer him a cold Diet Coke and medium well steak.


Esquire Pastor

Mike joined the FBC staff team in 2008 as the Esquire Pastor. He works closely with Sherry Shoemaker, the Esquire Coordinator, in leading the Esquire Leadership Team. He also speaks each week at the Wednesday Night at the Esquire. Mike also serves in a “utility” function on Sunday mornings, helping Pastor Billy in whatever way he can.


Esquire Coordinator

Sherry Shoemaker serves as the Esquire Ministry Coordinator. She works with WNATE (Wednesday Night at Esquire) as well as coordinating other events held by the Esquire ministry or held in the Esquire facility, enlisting volunteers and acting as event hostess.


Worship Pastor

Bret Stanford serves as our Worship Pastor. He oversees the music and worship ministries of the church, such as the Blended Service, choir, orchestra, handbells, student worship team, children’s chimes, and children’s choirs. Bret is married to Courtney and they have three children.


Church Administrator

Tom is the Church Administrator at FBC. He has been employed by the church since 2005. Tom first came to Bolivar in 1979 as a student and has since lived on both coasts. Making his way back here, he discovered his wife Holly, a professor at SBU. Together they have four adult children and four wonderful grandchildren that can always bring a smile to their faces. Tom works with the day–to-day operations of the church including finance, facilities, human resources, communications, and food service. 


Director of Children's Ministry

Missy is the director of Children’s Ministry at FBC. She loves teaching kids what it means to love God and love others. Missy has been on staff for 11 years at fbc. She is married to Brady and they have 3 kids, Jack, Sophie and Knox and one dog, Babbs. For fun, she enjoys reading, working out, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.