Ministry Staff

Rev. Carl Olson

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Pastor Carl came to First Baptist in August of 2005.  His passion is helping people grow in their relationship with God and others in the Body of Christ.  He has over 25 years of ministry experience.  He has served as a minister of music, youth and as senior pastor.  He has two terrific sons: Richard, who is married to Anna and Jonathan, who is married to Jenny. He has one terrific grandson, Silas. He was married to Malinda in January 2017.

Youth Pastor

Jesse Smith


Jesse was called as the Youth Pastor in March 2017.  He has been a member of this church since his freshman year of High School.  He completed his undergrad studies at Ottawa University (BA in Religion-Christian Studies) and his Master of Divinity Degree with emphasis in Outdoor Leadership and Youth Ministry at Denver Seminary.  He is married to Jordan.  His mission here at this church is to be an ambassador for Christ, helping people to know God and be equipped to live their lives to continually grow in Christ. 

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Sarah Bergman

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Sarah joined the staff here in May of 2011.  She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas and has taught at three different schools.  She worked as the Children's Ministry Director at a local Paola church for 8 years.  Sarah grew up in Paola.  She and her husband, Ron, have three children: Jennifer, who is married to Jonathan, Matthew, who is married to Whitney and Marissa.  Sarah and Ron have one terrific grandson, Silas.

Worship Arts Coordinator

Jonny and Jenny Olson

Jonny and Jenny Olson have served as Worship and Arts Coordinators since July of 2015. They have one terrific son, Silas.