Randy is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from high school, he attended Southwest Baptist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. Following college he received a Master of Religious Education Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Randy is married to Janice, his wife of 38 years. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Randy surrendered to the ministry in his junior year of college, never imagining that journey would lead to the pastorate. He thought he would end up doing recreation ministry or youth ministry, but God, as He so often does, had other plans. Randy has pastored churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, and now Kansas. He began his ministry at First Baptist Church of Iola in June, 2015.
Randy has always been involved in Southern Baptist life, serving at the association, state, and national levels. He served nine years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and currently is a Trustee of Southwest Baptist University.
Children's Ministry Director
Adie graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in Elementary Education and then furthered her education by getting her masters in Curriculum and Administration. After graduation she taught for 7 years in the Olathe and Chanute school districts. While at Emporia State she met her husband, Ryan. They have two young daughters, Bailey and Hayden, which is the joy of their lives.
In January of 2016, Adie became the Director of Children’s Ministry at First Baptist Church. She loves children and enjoys the challenge of finding fun, interactive ways, to teach them God’s word.
Youth & Worship Leader
Musically, A. J. spent thirteen years traveling the country performing Christian music. He and his family performed more than 1,200 concerts, covering 13 states. He also performed live on stage during the Dove Awards. He is a gifted bass player and is committed to honoring God with his talents and gifts.
In Youth Ministry, A. J. is motivated by the vision to build a strong student ministry where students are trained to be disciples of Christ, who then make disciples themselves. He believes in building strong relationships with leaders, parents, and students.
A. J. graduated from Liberty Faith Christian Academy in Richland, Missouri. His heart is to further his education, eventually garnering a Seminary Degree. The Church Council strongly supports his educational pursuit while serving at FBC.
He and Erin have four children: Aidan, Gavin, Reylynn, and Brynnan.
Nicole is originally from Kansas City and has lived in Iola since 2011.
She attended college at InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico and Kansas State University. In 2005 she married Daniel Schowengerdt, a local attorney. Prior to becoming a part of the FBC staff she was a stay at home mom to their two children, Noah, and Bella.
During her free time, Nicole enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her family.