Our Mission & Purpose

The mission of First Baptist Church, Lamar as ministers of Christ is to worship God, disciple the believer, and reach the nonbeliever as we grow together through fellowship and service.
The purpose of First Baptist Church, Lamar through the leadership of the Holy Spirit is to reach upward through worship, inward through discipleship, and outward through evangelism, as we seek to minister and fellowship with one another.

Our Vision

To Know Christ and to make Him Known

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:12-13).

Senior Pastor

Dr. Robert Hodson

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Date joined staff: September, 1998.
Married to Denise, with one son and two daughters.
High School Graduate: Galena High, Galena, MO, 1974
Bachelor’s degree: Religion and Biology, Southwest Baptist University, 1978
Masters of Divinity: Midwestern Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, 1992
Doctorate of Ministries: Midwestern Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, 2008
Previous churches served:
First Southern Baptist Church, Ava, MO – minister of music/youth
Shiloah Baptist Church, Jenkins, MO – Pastor
Calvary Baptist Church, Windsor, MO – Pastor
First Baptist Church, Reeds Spring, MO – Bi-Vocational Pastor
First Baptist Church, Weston, MO – Pastor
First Baptist Church, Vienna, MO – Pastor
First Baptist Church, Lamar, MO – Pastor
Worship Leader and Family Ministries

Stephen Livingston

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Steve joined our staff on November 24, 2014.
He is married to Amanda.  They have two sons and one daughter.
Youth & Outreach Director

Chris Roth

Joined Staff: April 1, 2012
Chris is married to Shelli and they have 2 daughters.
Church Secretary

Pam Caruthers

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Date joined staff: July 13, 2020
She is married to David. They have 3 children and 3 grandkids.
Church Secretary

Gina Reed

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Date joined staff:  Oct. 5th, 2019.
She is married to Larry, and they have one son, Isaac and a granddaughter, Addi.
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Staci King

Joined Staff: April 2, 2018
Staci is married to Todd and they have 2 children – Parker and Presli.