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Meet the Search Committee

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Bev Allen

This is what Bev says about his willingness to serve on the Pastor Search Committee, "In the past I have avoided serving on such committees, but this time, before I was asked, I sensed God directing me to be available. So, when the call came I said "Yes", confident that this is what God desires of me at this time."

Bev grew up in Winchester and married a Winchester girl. He worked for the US Forest Service in Winchester and Arkansas. After retiring in 2002, they moved back to Winchester. They joined FBC in 2010.  Bev has helped with our Feed My Sheep Ministry, a Habitat for Humanity project, and currently teaches a Sunday School class. Donna, his wife of 51 years, passed away in August of 2022. He has a daughter in New Hampshire and a daughter in Winchester and four grandchildren ranging in age from 13 to 21.  In his spare time, Bev enjoys yard and garden work, dabbling in woodworking, and Bible study.

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Susan Keffer

Susan says accepted a position on the Pastor Search committee because of her love of our church and after prayerful discussions with her family.  

She and her family, parents Don & Beth McFadden and siblings Laura and Sarah, joined FBC in 1990 when Susan was a child.  After living in Lexington during college and newly married, Susan and her husband Michael moved back to Winchester in 2009.  Susan has been involved in church through VBS, Outreach, currently teaches Mission Kids on Wednesdays and is in the church Choir.  She has one child, Mary Beth (11).  Susan is an insurance agent in Mt. Sterling, KY and Marketing Director for the agency.


Bob Miller

Bob says, "I'm proud to a be a member of the search committee. This is an important time for our congregation as we search for our new church leader."

He is a retired Vice President of East Kentucky Power. Father of two children and three grandchildren. He and his wife Ann have been married for 62 years. They met at the University of Kentucky, where they are still involved and where Bob has served as the national president of the alumni association. They have been members of FBC for 4 years, where Bob has been in the choir and chairman of the Personnel Committee.


Deb Ockers

Here is what Deb says about her willingness to serve on the Pastor Search Committee, “As First Baptist moves forward, I am certain God has great things in store for our church, and I am
excited to be a part of His plan.”

Deb and her family became members of First Baptist in 1998. She has taught youth Sunday school classes, helped with the children’s choir, worked in VBS, been a part of the church library committee, and been a member of the church choir. She is retired from the Clark County School System in Winchester, Kentucky where she spent most of her working career as a library media specialist.


Emily Oliver

Emily says she is proud to be on First Baptist's Pastor Search Committee. She is also the children’s music director at FBC. She is a special education major at EKU and is active in choir at school and at church. She also is a volunteer teacher at the church for the 3-5 year old group and will be the music director for our upcoming VBS. 


Dan Sawyers


This is what Dan Sawyers says about his willingness to serve on the Pastor Search Committee, “I’m excited to be a part of this journey as we search for the future of FBC. The hours the committee will commit to this process will be long, but worth it when we find what God has in store for His church.”

Dan is currently the Director of Logistical Services and Purchasing for Fayette County Public Schools. He is a Deacon, a Sunday school assistant teacher, and a member of the choir. Dan and his family have been members of FBC since January of 2018. He and his wife, Carrie, have a son, Carson (10) and a daughter, Kennedy (6).


Lois Webb

This is what Lois says about her willingness to serve on the Pastor Search Committee, "I accepted placement on the Pastor Search Committee because I am committed to First Baptist Church, appreciating the church's history, the services being offered today, and the importance of leadership, growth, and unity into the future. My goal is to help find the pastor that God has already chosen for us."


Lois and her family joined FBC in 2018 when we returned to Kentucky. She was elected deacon this year, substitutes as a Sunday School teacher, helps facilitate Women's Bible Studies and enjoys craft time with the children at Vacation Bible School.  She is also helping, with God's guidance and a team of like minded members, to rejuvenate various areas of our beautiful and historic church building.  Promoting outreach in our community holds a special place in her heart. She has been married to her husband Earl for 19 years.  The time well spent with children, grandchildren, friends, and church family is treasured time in her eyes. Her daily encouragement is through seeing God at work, expecting God to work, Bible study, prayer and the post-COVID progress FBC is making.  

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