Who Leads & Serves Us?
Jake Guenrich, Pastor
Jake initially came to First Baptist Walnut Ridge to fulfill the responsibilities of Children’s Minister in September of 2008, two months after having married Stephanie. He was born on April 18, 1988 in North Little Rock, AR. As a child, Jake came to know Jesus as Lord and was soon baptized at North Hills Baptist Church in Sherwood, AR. While he was an teenager active in his church's youth group, God called him to preach the gospel. Calvary Baptist Church in Horn Lake licensed Jake to the gospel ministry in August of 2006, just before he began college at Williams Baptist in Walnut Ridge where he later graduated with a B.A. in Christian Ministries in May of 2010. During the summer of 2010, First Baptist Church called Jake as Associate Pastor of Family Life/Youth Minister. He continued his academic studies and received a Master of Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2013. In March of 2014, the church called Jake to serve as Senior Pastor and also ordained him to the ministry in May of that same year. His desire is to lead First Baptist Church Walnut Ridge to reach people and make disciples. Jake and Stephanie live in Walnut Ridge with their four children Mallie Grace (8), Mordecai (6), Branch (4), and Nason (1). Jake enjoys spending time with his family, preaching, reading, playing guitar, rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals, playing board games, and hanging out with the folks at FBC Walnut Ridge.
Nick Weber, Music Minister
Nick is a native of Washington State who grew up in a Christian family, attended church each week, and diligently went through the motions, following the Christian checklist of “do’s and don'ts.” In 2008 he realized that God wanted a personal relationship with him, and as he drew closer to the Lord the emptiness he had felt began to diminish. While serving on a praise team at his home church he heard God’s calling and responded in faith to Jesus Christ. In the fall of 2010, Nick took a giant leap of faith and moved across the country. Leaving all he had known, he switched majors (from Engineering to Music Education) and enrolled at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. Nick began serving as the music minister for FBC Walnut Ridge in April of 2013 just before completing his degree in Music Education. In addition to serving as Music Minister, Nick works as a full-time Music Teacher in the Hoxie School District. He married his best friend Megan (Mathre) in July of 2015 and Eli was born a couples years later.
Nick enjoys reading, playing video games, fellowshipping with others, going to concerts, playing guitar, being outdoors, singing, watching movies, and spending time with family. He explains his call to serve the Lord through his gifts and talents: “Music is a huge part of who I am and I believe it’s how God intends to use me. I have a passion to share His love through song and praise.”
Kim Nunally, Ministry Assistant
Kim (Ring) Nunally, daughter of Charles Ring and Dinah Ring Pasilis, grew up in Portia, AR, and attended Black Rock Public Schools all her life. She attended Black River Technical College and Arkansas State University. She has been married to Daniel Nunally of Black Rock for 26 years. After working at Brown Shoe Co. for 9 years, she began a career in the Nursing Home industry. While working in that field for 18 years she held various positions. In January of 2018, she began working in the office at First Baptist.
Kim is a member at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Annieville where she has been involved with teaching Sunday School and Awana classes, and is part of the music ministry team. Her hobbies include music, singing, and being outdoors.
Bryson Long, Children’s Minister
Bryson grew up in Newport, Ar. He and his family attended FBC/Newport. At age 9, while attending a revival, he accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. He followed his decision up with believer's baptism shortly after. His spiritual growth began and is continuing to grow each day. He graduated in 1999 and enrolled at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. Then in 2000, he enrolled at ASU in Beebe. He married his wife, Monica, in May of 2001. They joined First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge in December of 2005. Together, they have served in many areas within our church including working with our children and youth. In July of 2017, our church ordained Bryson as a deacon. Then in July of 2018 he answered the call to serve our church full time as their children;s minister. His desire and mission is for each child to come to know Jesus and to grow in their personal relationship with Him. He wants to work alongside the parents to help them, encourage them, pray with them, and disciple their children.
Bryson and Monica live in Walnut Ridge. They have two daughters, Kayleene Faith Long and Jordyn Star Long. Bryson enjoys spending time with his family, teaching, being outdoors, and watching sports.
Coy Slusser, Jr., Youth Minister
Coy is a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He has a passion for people and the next generation (especially the youth in this county). His desire is to share Jesus and help lead others in a relationship with Jesus, with a focus on how live out our faith beyond the church doors.
At an early age, Coy accepted Jesus as his Savior and actively served in churches as a youth. In 2000, God called him to the ministry. He has served in various areas of the church, including youth minister at our sister church, First Southern Baptist Church of Black Rock. In November 2018, he answered the call from the church to join the staff here at First Baptist as youth minister.
Coy and his wife, Vickie, live in Black Rock. He enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, interior painting, playing drums and spending time with family.
Steve Corder, Discipleship Pastor
Steve is the “senior” adult of the group, rejoining our church staff in November, 2017. After retiring from a life of teaching, he answered the call from our church to work in the area of discipleship, outreach, and guest services. His passion is the educational ministries of our church and the interaction of our members with each other and their Lord. Saved at the age of six, each new day since has been a new start with his Savior and Lord. Steve also loves and gets to direct the handbell choir.
Steve and his wife Trish live in Lynn, Arkansas, on a farm in the boondocks with lots of critters, but he does try to clean up when he comes to town. They have four grown children with six grandchildren (all of which are super amazing – just ask him). Steve tends to amuse himself by working on his house, adding rooms that might get used, but almost never get finished, riding motorcycles, terrorizing his grandchildren, traveling, reading, and riding around on his small tractor.