Pastor James Waymire has led Second Baptist Church since January of 2014. He has brought over five decades of ministry experience to the pastorate. His relationship with Second Baptist Church extends back to 1958, when he and his first wife, Shirley, were married in our old auditorium. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, the Waymires returned to Festus and joined the flock at Second Baptist Church. It was there, on the last Sunday night in April 1963, that Brother Waymire bowed his head at the altar and accepted God's free gift of salvation! The next fifty years would see God's direction throughout their lives, with successive careers as assistant pastor, church planter, Christian school teacher and administrator, and missionary-evangelist.
In 2013, due to Mrs. Waymire's failing health, "Brother Jim" was forced to limit his travels. During this time, Second Baptist Church was seeking the will of God for a new pastor. The deacons requested that Brother Waymire interim until a permanent pastor was secured. After helping to guide the church as official interim for four months, Second Baptist voted him in as our pastor on January 26, 2014. After the death of Shirley in 2016, the Lord has given our pastor a beautiful new wife, Peggy, whom he married on September 9, 2017.
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Timothy Bowen was first introduced to church through the bus ministry. Soon after that, he made a profession of faith. He grew up in church and became actively involved in its ministries. In August 2008, while attending the Midwest Christian Boys Football Camp in Dwight, Illinois, Tim accepted Jesus into his heart. Two years later, at the same football camp, he surrendered to preach and to full-time Christian service. Brother Bowen moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he attended Commonwealth Baptist College in the spring semester of 2011. He graduated 4 years later with a degree in secondary education. While in college he met his wife Katie in the fall of 2011. They were married on June 14, 2014. They currently have one sweet daughter, Lilly.
The Bowens moved to Miami, Florida, in the summer of 2015, where they worked at Grace Baptist Church as youth pastor and teachers in Grace Baptist Academy. They moved to Festus, Missouri, and started helping at Second Baptist Church in June of 2017. Later that summer, Brother Bowen officially came on staff as youth director and maintenance man. He and his wife love serving in a place where the Spirit of the Lord is so evident, and they look forward to all that God will do at Second Baptist Church.
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Harold Hurtgen has seen the Lord move in his life like few other people have. Much of this experience has been intertwined with his service at Second Baptist Church. Saved as a thirteen-year-old boy, he eventually joined the membership of Second in 1965. He was drafted into the United States Army one year later. After three years of honorable service, he returned to Jefferson County in 1969, and became thoroughly involved in the burgeoning ministries of the church during the early 1970s. Brother Hurtgen enrolled in Tennessee Temple University and graduated in 1978, feeling God drawing him to military missions. He and his wife, Barbara, would serve with Armed Forces Baptist Mission for thirteen-and-a-half years, until illness forced him to resign in 1991.
Returning home, the Hurtgens once again became involved in Second Baptist Church during the 1990s, with specific interest in the bus ministry and visitation. Brother Harold later started a veteran’s ministry, ministering in the local VA hospital, transporting veterans to church services, and holding activities and fellowships for them. Hundreds were led to Christ in this manner. In November of 2012, he found himself on an operating table, facing open heart surgery and a fifteen percent chance to live. God, hearing the prayers of His people, interceded and restored Brother Hurtgen to full health. He became our visitation pastor in 2015, and is currently our Missions Coordinator. Brother Hurtgen oversees Second Baptist's robust missions ministry, maintaining contact with our current missionaries and seeking new ones for support.
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