BobWernerDr. Bob Werner
Interim Senior Pastor

Dr. Bob Werner came to FBCE as Interim Pastor in June 2013. He was born in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Hannibal LaGrange College, William Jewell College and Midwestern Seminary. Dr. Werner was converted at the age of nineteen at Mary Ann Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO and has been a pastor for fifty-five years in St. Louis, Florida, Minnesota and worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Georgia and North Carolina. He and his wife, Donna, have been married for sixty-two years and they have three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His hobbies include golf, flying and anything that has to do with fast cars and motorcycles.

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.  Russ is married to Polly and they have two sons; Jeff and John.  Russ wants his mnistry to be a catalyst for changing lives as we seek to develop disciplined followers of Jesus Christ.  Email Russ.

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



Debbie Tucker

Debbie Tucker
Interim Student Director



 Debbie Tucker earned her Education Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and began her ministry at FBCE in 2008. She is a music teacher at Ellisville Weekday Pre-School. She is Director for the Children's Choir and has a passion for the Youth at FBCE. Debbie has served as a D-Group Leader, been on several retreats, led the drama team and Girl's Ensemble as well as hosting the Summer College Bible Study. In 2013 she began serving as the Interim Student Director. Debbie's desire is to challenge students to live their lives for Christ and share His love with others. She loves to spend time with her husband, Steve and four sons, Andrew, Matthew, Jacob and Jeremy and enjoys music, stamping and going to the beach. Email Debbie

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.