Church Leadership

Pastor - Nolan Carrier

Nolan Carrier is our pastor at First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Susan, graduated from Lockwood High School in 1968. They married in 1971 and have two daughters, Heather and Dana. Dana is married to Tony Turner, and they have one child, Dax, born May 2014. Nolan’s first pastorate was Pleasant Hill, in Everton, MO. After college at Southwest Baptist University and seminary in Kansas City, he pastored Calvary Baptist in Windsor, MO, First Baptist Church in Ava, MO, and South Gate in Springfield, MO.

Worship Leader - Andrew Bryant

I graduated from Mountain Grove High School and attend Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. I am a music education major and my wife Natalie is an elementary education major. In the future, I want to be a teacher and a youth minister in the same area. I haven't decided what I'm going to do when I graduate. I want to continue schooling in some fashion--maybe seminary or graduate school--but I would rather have a family first.

Children's Director

Archie Buckner

Archie is the director of our Children's Ministry at Walnut Grove First Baptist. He lives in Walnut Grove with his wife Shawna, and 4 children, Jacob, Ethan, Lexi, and Kira. Archie leads both TeamKids and JAMn Kids programs for the church as well as many other children related events.

Nursery Director

Lori Bourke

Lori is our Nursery Director at Walnut Grove First Baptist and leads a team of caring volunteers that provide childcare for children from newborn to 2 years. She lives in Walnut Grove with her husband Dwaine and 2 children, Caleb and Anna.