Stanley Bunch is the Executive Director for the state of Missouri.
Stan was born and raised in Berryville, Arkansas. He became a Christian during his senior year in high school and later attended Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, Oklahoma. While studying at Hillsdale he met Brenda Selvey, a native of Liberal, Missouri and member of the Hannon FWB Church. Stan & Brenda married and moved to Liberal in January of 1980 to assume the pastorate of the Verdella Free Will Baptist Church.
Stan pastored the Verdella church until April of 1983 when they were appointed to overseas missionary service in Panama, Central America through Free Will Baptist International Missions. While in Panama Stan & Brenda and their three children Jonathan, Alicia and Amanda participated in helping to start three churches and various missions and preaching points. The most recent church in Chitré was started in 2004 and was officially organized August 27th, 2011, and is now under the leadership of a Panamanian pastor.
Stan and Brenda’s three adult children are all professionals in their respective fields. Jonathan is a lawyer and is the Vice President and Director of State Courts with the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C. where he lives with his wife Amanda and daughter Audrey and sons Jack and Bobby. Alicia is abuse victim counselor for the Hispanic community in Nashville. Tn. Prior to this she worked with the Word Made Flesh Mission in La Paz, Bolivia. Her ministry involved reaching women who are victims of abuse, prostitution or human trafficking and helping them to find new life in Christ and a new means of supporting themselves. Amanda is a kindergarten teacher in Springdale, Arkansas and finds her Spanish speaking skills quite helpful in the heavily Hispanic populated area.
The following thought came to Stan in a recent mission meeting and is a principle he would like to further develop in his life. “Our passion for ministry and people trumps our distaste or dislike for certain ministry activities, as well as our desire to stay in our comfort zone, thus we step out of our comfort zone and minister with a passion.”
Stan and Brenda moved back to the states in January of 2012 where he assumed the duties of Executive Director at the state office.