The Rev. Dr. Louise Barger
Dr. Louise Barger will be our interim pastor, beginning June 1, 2016. She is the retired Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. Prior to coming to that position, she served with the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware as Director of Leader Development, Interim Director of Evangelism, and as a member of the management team. She has also served as a member of the Pastoral Team in the local church setting.
Prior to her years of ministry she worked as a registered nurse in various settings, including the faculty of St. Louis University. She holds degrees from Texas Woman’s University, St. Louis University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Since retiring as Executive Minister she has done consulting work with local churches, as Chaplain for the Colorado Senate, as Interim Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches of Oregon, the Interim Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines, Iowa and recently the Interim Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Newark, Delaware.
Dr. Barger and her late husband, Bill, have two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren. She has recently relocated her permanent residence from Centennial, Colorado, a suburb of Denver to O’Fallon, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis to live near some of her children. She is currently a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado.
The Rev. Jason Alspaugh
Associate Pastor for Children and Youth
I was called to be the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church in September 2007, with a focus on developing Children and Youth ministries and Educational ministries. Not long after moving to Dayton I met my husband, Kerby. We live in Historic South Park and have three “children”–two dogs, Shelby and Molly, as well as an elusive cat named Patsy.
I bring a passion for the full inclusion of children and youth in the life of the church. And so it is my intention to continually seek out ways to involve our children and youth in worship, mission, service, and education with the rest of the church, as we help them grow in Christian faith.
As associate pastor, I also enjoy the shared ministry of preaching, teaching, and providing pastoral care. At the heart of all ministry, I believe, is the radical love of God revealed in Jesus Christ that invites all to believe in word and in deed in the reign of God, which is “justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).
I give thanks to God for calling me to this life of ministry and witness to the good news of God’s love in Jesus the Christ. I invite any and all who would come, to join us as we “strive to be steadfast and joyful Christians continually seeking to understand and proclaim God’s unfolding Word.”
To learn more about the life and ministry of First Baptist you may contact Rev. Alspaugh via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church office at (937) 222-4691 ext. 406
The Rev. David Coggins
Assistant Pastor for Pastoral Care
David and his wife Peggy joined the fellowship of FBC in 2006 and have been active in the music, education, and mission ministries of FBC. David joined the staff as a minister for Pastoral Care in April 2015.
Rev. Coggins is a native of North Carolina but spent his growing up years traveling from place to place as the son of a career Air Force Chaplain. David is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in full-time and part-time positions of ministry since his ordination in 1976. By training and experience the primary focus of his ministerial work has been in the areas of hospital ministry and pastoral counseling. This ministry included work as a Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor at various institutions in our city. In recent years his ministry of pastoral care has been to serve as a Volunteer Visitor for Hospice of the Miami Valley.
Rev Coggins supplements the work of the pastoral staff by assisting with visitation and worship leadership. When he is not working as a “fisher of men,” he can usually be found just fishing!