We are committed to fulfilling God's calling for our lives by providing ministerial guidance to our community.
Billy Stephens, Pastor
Pastor Billy was born in Gainesville, FL and raised in Starke, Fl. Billy has been in full-time ministry since 2001. He is a husband, father, follower of Jesus, and pastor. Billy and his wife Dede have 4 sons, Will, Grant, Evan, and Asher.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25
John gibbs Jr., senior pastor
John is from Tifton, GA. He came to Jesus at 10 years old and was called to preach at 17 years old. He is married to Nancy Gibbs. He is a graduate of Mercer University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
"They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him."
Jared Thompson, Pastor of Worship & Discipleship
Jared was born and raised in Tifton, GA. His is a graduate of ABAC, Liberty University, and Asbury University where he holds degrees in Music Performance, Accounting, and Leadership in Christian Ministries respectively.
Jared is married to Julie and they have 3 children, Reni-Kate, John Bowen, and Rhett.
"Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
Dede Stephens, Children's Ministry
Dede was born and raised in Lake Butler, Fl. She is also the wife of our pastor, is a Pre-K Teacher at Irwin County Elementary School in addition to the Children's Ministry Director here at OBC. Dede and Pastor Billy have four sons together, Will, Grant, Evan, and Asher.
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me."
Anita Leverett, Student MinistrY & office admin
Anita Leverett, an Irwin County native, has been with OBC since 2014. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies through Toccoa Falls College in December of 2019.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6