Dr. Juston Gates

Senior Pastor

Dr. Juston Gates has been married to his wife Amanda for 22 years. They are the proud parents of three children: Elizabeth, Caleb, and Leah Madelyn. Juston has been a pastor of churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and now Missouri since May of 2000. Prior to entering vocational ministry, Juston was employed in the realm of law enforcement with police departments in Memphis, TN, Tupelo, MS, and Allen, TX, while also serving as a Federal Agent with the United States Border Patrol.
Juston earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky and his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia. He is an adjunct online instructor for Itawamba Community College, instructing World Religions and Old Testament Survey, while also serving as an adjunct instructor for College of Ozarks as part of the Criminal Justice program.

Jeff Shaffer

Associate Pastor - Family Ministry & Adult Discipleship

Jeff has been married to his wife, Megan since May of 2010. They have 2 daughter Jackie (2012) & Ellie (2014). Jeff grew up in Crestview, FL & attended the University of West Florida earning a B.A.. During college Jeff felt a call to the ministry as a Student Minister. Jeff earned his Master of Arts in Family Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Jeff served as the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries at First Baptist Kershaw, South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. Jeff has been serving First Baptist Forsyth since 2017.

Steve Young

Associate Pastor - Senior Adults & Pastoral Care

Steve has been happily married to Debbie since 1981 & have a daughter & son-in-law, Colton. Steve has degree in Biology, specializing in wildlife conservation & management. He spent 30 years with the Missouri Department of Conservation. He was a supply pulpit preacher for many years filling pulpits in central & northeast Missouri. Steve answered the call to be a pastor in 2007 & joined our staff in 2020 as Associate Pastor of Senior Adults & Pastoral Care.

Amy Wilhoit

Director of Children's Ministries

Amy has been married to her husband, Jeff since March 7th 1998. They have two sons, Graham (2005), Briggs (2007). Amy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from Missouri State University. She studied Curriculum & Instruction during Graduate School at University of Missouri - Kansas City. Amy began serving as Reflections Women’s Ministry Director in 2010. In 2011, she felt called to implement a Fine Arts Ministry for students by lifting up the name of Jesus through Classical Ballet Arts and Creative Movement which is how Ballet Yahweh came to fruition. She currently serves on staff as the Director of Children’s Ministries. Amy truly loves serving her local church and considers it a special privilege to walk alongside families, in children’s ministry doing life together on this faith journey at FBC Forsyth.

Megan Shaffer

Ministry Assistant, AWANA & First Impressions

Megan serves as the Ministry Assistant for Family Ministries, is the AWANA Commander, leads the First Impressions Ministry & serves on the Reflections Women’s Ministry team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling from Boyce College, and has been serving with her husband, Jeff, in ministry for the past eight years. She is passionate about helping families flourish, and is excited to work with the rest of the FBC Forsyth staff to glorify Christ by strengthening His Church.

Shad Clarkson

Worship Leader

Shad has been on staff since 2017 & the Worship Leader since 2018. Shad also works at Sight & Sound Theaters in Branson. Shad is married to Me’lissa & they have a daughter, Rynn, & a son, Reid.

Richard Williams

Traditional Music Leader

Richard has been on staff at First Baptist since 2019 as the leader of the Traditional Worship Service. Richard also works as a teacher at School of the Ozarks. He is married to Janice, they have four children, Jackson, Annabeth, Ashleigh, & Kevin.

Barbara Jernigan

Administrative Assistant

Barbara has been a member of First Baptist since 2001 & on staff as the Administrative Assistant since March 2003. Barbara has 3 grown children & 6 grandkids.

Martha Stanley

Financial Secretary

Martha has served at FBC Forsyth since April 2008 and as Financial Secretary since 2013. She & husband Chris have been married since 2002 and have two children. Martha received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from College of the Ozarks & is currently pursuing a Masters Degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. fun fact: Martha & Chris were the first couple married in our current church building.

Renea Martin

Custodial Services

Renea has been married to Randy for 28 years. They have two daughters, Randa & Shelby. They moved to Missouri in 2016. Shortly after moving to the area they started attending First Baptist. Renea has been working as Church Custodian since July 2018.

Michael Yeager

Maintenance Services

Michael has been on staff at FBC since 2019.