Executive Director

Stanley Bunch is the Executive Director for the Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptist Churches.

Stan was born and raised in Berryville, Arkansas. He became a Christian during his senior year in high school and later attended Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma. While studying at Randall 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. Brenda is retired educator.

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 along with their three children Jonathan, Alicia and Amanda participated in helping to start three churches along with various missions and preaching points. The most recent church in Chitré was started in 2004 and was officially organized on August 27th, 2011, and is now under the leadership of a Panamanian pastor. They were also instrumental in the establishment of the Panama Free Will Baptist Seminary. After nearly 28 years of ministry in Panama the Bunches returned to Missouri where Stan assumed the position of Executive Director for the Missouri State Association of Free Will Baptists.

Stan and Brenda’s three adult children are all professionals in their respective fields. Jonathan is a lawyer and lives with his wife Amanda, daughter Audrey and sons Jack, Bobby and William. Alicia and husband Haroldo live in Nashville, Tn. Alicia is a Co-Director of The Sexual Abuse Center and ministers considerably within Hispanic community in Nashville. Tn. Prior to this, she worked with the Word Made Flesh Mission in La Paz, Bolivia. Haroldo is a construction contractor. Amanda and husband Justin live in Fayetteville, Arkansas and enjoy their son Benjamin greatly. Amanda is an ESL teacher in the Fayetteville School System (2020 Teacher of the year) and Justin is a police officer with the West Fork Police department.

Stan and Brenda live on a small acreage in Buffalo, MO where they enjoy a rural lifestyle.


Rev. Jackson Watts is our Moderator. He, his wife Mckensie and their 2 children live in Pevely, Missouri. Jackson is the pastor of

Grace Free Will Baptist Church in Arnold, Missouri.

Jackson was elected Moderator in June of 2023.

Assistant Moderator

Rev. Rick Dement serves as our Assistant Moderator.  He and his wife Jamie live in Wentzville.  Rick pastors First Free Will Baptist Church in O'Fallon, MO.

Rick was elected Assistant Moderator in June 2023.

STate Clerk

Rev. Justin Lawson is our Clerk. He and his wife Jennifer live in

Mountain Grove. Justin is the pastor of Cornerstone Free Will

Baptist Church in Mountain Grove.

Justin was elected Clerk in June 2020.

Assistant Clerk

Rev. Faron Thebeau is our Assistant Clerk. He, his wife Abigail, and their three children live in Rolla. Faron is one of the pastors of Mosaic Free Will Baptist Church reaching international students in Rolla.

Faron was elected Assistant Clerk in June 2024.

Elected Executive Committee Members

  • Rev. Darrell Strain

    Bailey FWB

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  • Rev. Mark Elliott

    Calvary Chapel

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  • Rev. Ken Simpson

    Calvary Fellowship FWB

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    First FWB - Lebanon

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