Ryan Bowman
Senior Pastor

Ryan Bowman has served as Senior Pastor since June 2014. He and his wife, Karen, have three children: Natalie, Nate & Brock. Prior to coming to FBCE, their family lived in Athens, Greece where he served as Team Leader for a Christian Humanitarian Organization with the IMB from 2009-2013. Ryan also served as the Senior Pastor of Summit Woods Baptist in Lee’s Summit, MO from 1999-2009.  He is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas (B.A.) and Midwestern Seminary (M.Div.) In addition to expository preaching and church leadership, Ryan enjoys involvement in overseas missions and men’s ministry. His other interests include being outdoors, running and travelling.

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Russ Ewing

Rev. Russ Ewing
Minister of Education/and Administration

Russ Ewing experienced a new beginning in his life as he began his ministry with FBCE in February, 2001. This event marked the beginning of his full-time Christian ministry.  Prior to coming to Ellisville, Russ worked in the telecommunications industry for more than thirty years.  He is married to Polly and they have two sons, Jeff and John.  Russ is graduate of the University of Arkansas (B.S) and Midwestern Seminary (M.A.C.E.).  He wants his ministry to be a catalyst for changing lives as we seek to develop disciplined followers of Jesus Christ.

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Lee White
Minister to Students


Lee White began his ministry at FBCE in 2014 working with our students.  Prior to joining the staff Lee served as Bible teacher at Legacy Christian Academy in California and he has been working with students for over 12 years.  Lee graduated Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri with a Religious Studies degree.  He also has a M.Div and Th.M from the Master’s Seminary.  Lee desires to bring students to a place where they will see what God has done for them and learn that a life impacted by God will impact others.  While not spending his time serving the students of our church, Lee enjoys spending time hunting, fishing, watching and playing sports and hanging out with his dog, Samson.

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Melissa White

Melissa White
Interim Worship Leader



 Melissa White began her ministry at FBCE in 2013 working with the choir and worship team. Melissa and her husband, Jonathan have three children, Leah, Austin and Brady. The White family is from Nashville, Tennessee and moved here in 2006 to work with college students at Missouri Baptist University. Melissa and her husband met at Belmont University where she majored in Vocal Performance and Music Business. She most recently spent time in Tees Valley, England leading worship in coffee house churches. Melissa enjoys photography, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family. She also has a heart for college students and encouraging them to share their love for Christ on campus. Email Melissa






Judy West

Judy West
Interim Older Children Director

Judy West began her ministry at FBCE in 2001 working in the church nursery. Since then she has had the blessing of working with children ages birth through 5th grade in many different capacities. She accepted the position as Older Children's Ministry Assistant in 2007 and is currently serving as the Interim Children's Director. Judy has a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from Southeast Missouri State University and will be starting a certificate program for children's ministry in early 2014. Judy loves to spend time with her husband Jeff, son Joshua and dogs Buddy & Sadie Grace. Her interests include reading, crocheting,cooking and watching football. Judy enjoys ministering to our children as they start to build their relationship with Jesus Christ. Email Judy.

Sharon Ferrell

Sharon Ferrell
Interim Younger Children Director

Sharon Ferrell began her ministry at FBCE in 2001 working with children. In 2007 she began serving as the Young Children's Ministry Assistant and is currently serving as the Interim Pre-School Director. Family is very important to Sharon as she loves to be around her daughter, Rachel and sons, Shane and Cody. Recently Sharon was able to combine her passion for Christian music, dance and keeping our God-given bodies in good health by starting a zumba ministry. In her free time she enjoys cooking, going to the beach and taking walks with her dog Max. Sharon believes children are a gift from God and enjoys sharing His love with even the youngest. Email Sharon.