First Southern Baptist Church, Overgaard Leadership
First Southern Baptist Church, Overgaard is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Eric was called to serve First Southern Baptist Church, Overgaard as the Senior Pastor in September, 2017. Prior to that, he served his previous church for 12 years as a church planter and pastor in Central Arizona. Pastor Eric has served the local church for 21 years as a pastor, youth pastor, deacon, and Sunday School teacher. He also has served as a chaplain in a skilled nursing facility and to hospice patients, including extensive work within the special needs community.
Pastor Eric is passionate about the expository preaching of the Word, and healthy and meaningful relationships within the body of Christ.
He is a 2005 graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor Eric has been happily married for 24 years to his wife Lori.
Pastor Eric enjoys family time, reading, cycling and the outdoors.
Our church is blessed with four men who currently serve as our deacons. All four have been in the community for an extended period of time and serve the community both through the deacon ministry of the church and through other varied avenues. Our current deacons are (from L to R Terry Hopkins, Steve Richardson, Rick Samon and John Middleton).
As Administrative Assistant, Tonya is responsible for the day to day operations of the church office, handling correspondence and assisting the Pastor in preparing for worship service.
Tonya moved to Overgaard from Texas in May, 2018 and became Pastors assistant in July, 2019. Her first year in Overgaard was spent volunteering for the Apache Sitgreaves Forest Service and working at the Heber-Overgaard schools in the cafeterias and occasionally as a substitute teacher.
While in Texas Tonya worked for a manufacturing company as its Global Purchasing/Logistics Manager for 30 years which provided the opportunity to travel to a number of different Countries and many Sates in the U.S.
She and her husband, Gerry, have been married for 42 amazing, adventures years. They are the very proud parents of one daughter,Tara.