“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life,
and imitate their faith.” - Hebrews 13:7

Rick Hedger, Interim pastor

Dr. Rick Hedger was born into the family of God and called into Christian service in 1978. Since then, he has served as senior pastor of churches in Missouri and Arkansas and in a church-planting role in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. As pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho, MO, he developed partnerships with International Mission Board missionaries to engage the people of West Africa. God soon turned the call on his life to “Call Out the Called” through local churches, serving as mission awareness director for the Illinois Baptist State Association and now at the Missouri Baptist Convention. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Missouri Baptist University, and both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary.


GENE SMITH, Executive Pastor

Gene grew up in Jefferson County. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Missouri Baptist College, and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene has been on staff at FBC DeSoto since August 2004. Gene enjoys ping-pong, coffee, and playing basketball. He is married to Kristi and has four beautiful children: Emily, Josh, Isaac, and Haley.


COLTON STROTHER, Next Generation Pastor

Colton grew up in Vandalia, MO where he became a believer at a young age. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Missouri State University in Religious Studies, and a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is currently working towards his PhD in Historical Theology. In his free time Colton loves golfing, reading, writing, camping, hiking, and drinking coffee. He and his wife Leea have been at FBC DeSoto since April 2018.


HANNAH SNUDDEN, Children's Minister

Hannah has been the Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church since January 2016. She grew up and has lived in the Jefferson County area her entire life. She came to know the Lord as a young child through Vacation Bible Schools and Sunday Schools provided by small country churches. This has fueled her passion to minister to children and their families and to reach out to children in our community and to share the love of Christ. Hannah has been married to Chris since 1998 and they have five children: Ryan, Clayton, Autumn, Owen, and Ava.


JAMES RASPBERRY, JR., Director of Music Ministry

James grew up in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1981. He holds a Bachelors of Music Education, vocal and instrumental, from Southeast Missouri State University and has done graduate work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. James retired as the Director of Choral Music at Northwest High School in Cedar Hill after teaching there for 25 years. He is married to his lovely wife Cindy, and has two daughters - Christy Richman (Raspberry) and Caitlyn Solari (Raspberry), two grandsons - Easton Lane Richman and Asher James Solari, and two granddaughters - Emerson Marie Richman and Jael Grace Solari. In January of 2011, James accepted the call as the Director of Music Ministry at FBC DeSoto.


JACQUE CHARLTON, Financial Secretary

Jacque has been Financial Secretary since January 2004. She graduated from Arcadia Valley High School in Ironton in 1971, marrying and moving to DeSoto not long afterward. Her husband, Mike, owned a trucking business here for 25 years, and Jacque took care of the office while raising children. She came to know Jesus as Savior through the ministry of First Baptist Church in 1980. Jacque and her husband have three children (Kris, Lisa, and Ryan), and eight precious grandchildren. Her greatest joys in life are teaching a women’s Bible study class, spending time with her children and grandchildren, reading, and creating Excel spreadsheets.


LEE ANN NULL, Ministry Assistant

Lee Ann Null has been Ministry Assistant at First Baptist since June of 1999. She enjoys working with our wonderful church staff and watching the church grow spiritually. Her family moved to DeSoto when she was 6 years old and she graduated from DeSoto High School. She has made a life long investment not only in First Baptist DeSoto, but also in this community.

Her husband Alan Null works for Jefferson County Public Works Dept. and sings bass with Jericho, a Southern Gospel quartet. Together they raised 4 children and now have 7 beautiful grandchildren.


ANGIE TRIGG, Ministry Assistant

Angie Trigg has been a ministry assistant at FBC DeSoto since August 2007. She graduated from Rosati Kain High School, worked as a receptionist, then was blessed to stay home with her children for 10 years before coming to work at FBCD. She married her husband Joe in November of 1991, they have 2 sons, Austin and Evan. She enjoys working and worshiping with the wonderful FBC family, spending time with her family, reading, watching the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball and teasing Lee Ann about always being old… I mean cold.