Meet Our Staff
Michael OvertonSenior Pastor
I enjoy spending time with family, playing golf, mowing my yard, and eating chocolate. My favorite Bible verse is John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” and my favorite chapter in the Bible is Philippians 4.
Betty AustinPastor and Worship Secretary
My husband, Floyd and I have two children, son, Randy married to Christine and Jennie married to Ryan Hart. We also have three grandchildren, Jonathan Austin, Isabel, and Anna Hart who are very special. Floyd has been a member here since we married in 1963 and I have been a member since the age of nine.
Richard BittermanEvangelism and Outreach Pastor
I have many hobbies including fishing, gardening, and playing classical guitar. I also love socializing and learning about people. I have a Bachelor of Biblical Studies Degree and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Seeing people come to Christ and grow in relationship with Him in the local church is my passion.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
I like to spend time reading how God has used common ordinary people. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”.
Jeremy GartenAdministrative Secretary
My other hobbies include reading, movies, and sports trivia. Uncle is my favorite title, as the lights of my life are my nieces Lucie and Olivia, to whom I am affectionately known as “Funcle.” A fun fact about my family is that I, along with my parents and 2 brothers, are pictured all over the country on the official billboards and brochures for Fantastic Caverns! Praise the Lord I am saved by his Amazing Grace, and my life verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 and Colossians 2:13-15.
Joel JohnsonYouth Pastor
I enjoy spending time with my family, being out in God’s creation and watching sports, especially the Chiefs, Royals, Cardinals & The Kansas State Wildcats. I also teach history to 7th-12th grade students at Truth Academy which meets at FBC Springfield.
Laura JohnsonChildren’s Director
Chris WassamMedia Director
In 2018, I transitioned to a staff position as Media Director, leading and directing a team of very talented volunteers in the areas of video, sound, graphics, and broadcast production. I am very passionate about bringing a quality experience for both our in-house as well as our at-home audience. I am extremely blessed to serve the Lord in an area I enjoy so much.
Ethan PenroseTech Team Audio Coordinator / Website Technician
I also maintain the church’s website so everyone can easily and quickly find what they need. I’m from Springfield and enjoy going on hikes with my dog, bicycling, movies, music, and of course coffee!
Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity".