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Staff Team

Ellisville + Wildwood Staff Team

 RYAN BOWMAN - Senior Pastor





twitter: @ryantbowman

Serving Our Church since 2014
Family: wife - Karen, kids - Natalie, Nate, & Brock

Prior Ministry: IMB Team Lead, Athens, Greece; Summit Woods Baptist (Lee’s Summit, MO)
Education: Midwestern Seminary (MDiv & current PhD student); University of Central Arkansas (BA)
Team Roles: leadership, expository preaching, missions, & men’s ministry
Interests: running, skiing, reading & traveling

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Adult Ministries & Administrative Team

 RUSS EWING - Minister of Education/Administration





Serving Our Church since 2001
Family: wife - Polly, kids - adult sons Jeff & John

Prior to Ministry: telecommunications industry (30 yrs)
Education:  Midwestern Seminary (MA); University of Arkansas (BS)
Team Roles: education, missions, & administration - life-change catalyst
Interests: the grandkids, the lake, & family

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 VICKI WILLIAMS - Office Manager





Serving Our Church since 2003
Family: Husband Rick - 3 Adult children - Cory, Kelly, & Kendra

Prior to FBCE: Pediatric Office Manager - 20yrs.
Team Roles: To assist all staff to ensure an efficient and cohesive office.
Interests: Our 7 grandsons, music, fishing, camping, & anything FAMILY.

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 MARI LYN BUDDE - Ministry Assistant





Serving Our Church since 2015
Family: Husband – Patrick; Children – David & Emily

Prior to FBCE: worked in hospitals, music Ed and family business
Education: SIU-Carbondale (BA in Physiology)
Interests: Family, Music, Girl Scouts, Missions

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 CHRIS CONLEY - Interim Student Ministries Director





twitter: @chriswes

Serving Our Church since 2014
Family: Wife - Teresa; kids - Em, Tuck, Bek, Wes, & Beth

Prior Ministry: Youth Pastor, Metro Church (Edwardsville); Church Planter (The Journey, The Crossing, Red Tree Church, Broadcast Church)
Education: Midwestern Seminary (current MDiv student); Missouri Baptist Univ (BA) in English/Religious Education
Team Roles: To serve students & families of arriving generations to discover, savor, and live out the gospel in real life.
Interests: family road trips, reading, soccer, music, star wars

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 KARA CRISP - Communications Assistant





Serving Our Church since
2015

Prior to Ministry: Communications in local government agencies
Education: Missouri State University (BA Mathematics)
Team Roles: Communications - print & digital, graphics, branding, & strategy
Interests: Joy Ladies' Bible Study, reading, baking

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 LEE WHITE - Connections & Assimilation Coordinator





twitter: @longhornlee

Serving Our Church since 2014
Family: Wife Amy and dogs, Samson and Pooka 

Prior to Ministry: Bible Teacher, Legacy Christian Academy, California
Education: Master’s Seminary (MDiv & ThM); Southwest Baptist University (BA)
Team Roles: Connecting individuals to fellowship groups and areas of service.
Interests: Cooking and eating with his wife, hunting, fishing, watching/playing sports, & hanging out with his dogs, Samson and Pooka

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Children's Ministry Team

 BRAD CANALEJO - Minister of Children & Families





Serving Our Church since
2016
Family: Wife - Jessica; daughters - Isabella & Sophia Grace

Prior to FBCE: Associate Pastor (Dothan, AL), Science teacher, Pharmaceutical Chemist
Education: The Master’s Seminary (ThM; Bible Exposition), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), University of South Carolina Aiken (BS Chemistry)
Team Roles: facilitating an environment where the church equips and supports parents to fulfill their spiritual role as their children's primary disciplers
Interests: family time, music, board games, watching sports, reading (especially missionary biographies)

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 JUDY WEST - Older Children Associate






Serving Our Church since
 2007
Family: husband - Jeff; son - Josh

Education: Southeast Missouri State University (BA)
Team Roles: ministering to kids as they begin following Jesus
Interests: reading, crocheting, cooking, & watching football

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 SHARON KHALIFA - Younger Children Associate





Serving Our Church since
2007
Family: kids - Rachel, Shane & Cody

Team Roles: kids are a gift from God - sharing His love with even the youngest; Ladies ZUMBA!
Interests: cooking, the beach, walks with her dog Max

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Worship Team  

 JORDAN COX - Worship Pastor





Serving Our Church since 2015
Family: Wife - Kasey; son & daughter - Noah & Jobi

Prior & Alongside FBCE: Director of Spirit Wing at MBU, teacher, choral director, and worship leader in various churches and schools across the midwest.
Education: Univ. of Missouri (current PhD student); Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (MAR) in Religion/Worship Studies, Missouri Baptist University (BME) in Music Education & Church Music 
Team Roles: Plans and leads both Sunday morning worship services as well as practice for those services.

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 BRIAN TACHICK - Worship Arts Associate





Serving Our Church since 2011

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 ALISON FREDERICKSON - Instrument Ensemble Co-director




Serving Our Church since 2015

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 MATT FREDERICKSON - Instrument Ensemble Co-director




Serving Our Church since 2015

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