Ministry Staff

Dr. David P. Perdue

Senior Pastor
Upon graduation from Baptist Bible College of Springfield, MO, Pastor Perdue went directly to join the ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Fairfax, VA. During his 30 years there, he was involved in nearly every aspect of ministry. He served (at various times) as Associate Pastor, Music Minister, Youth Director, Christian School Administrator, Business Manager, Sunday School Director, Visitation Director, Church Administrator, “Jolly 6o’s” Director and adult Bible teacher. His broad range of experience well equips him for the varied ministries of First Baptist Church. He accepted the pastorate of First Baptist Church in March of 1999.

Rev. Ronald Longhofer

Associate Pastor
Mr. Longhofer served for thirty-four years as an Associate Pastor, involved in many aspects of ministry prior to becoming the Associate Pastor here. His work included over thirty years in Christian Education, serving over twenty years as a Principal. His experience and attention to detail make it possible for him to serve well in the dual roles of Principal and Associate Pastor.

Mr. Eric Heishman

Business Manager
With a vast amount of experience in the Business and Financial world, Mr. Heishman adds valuable insight into the oversight of expenditures, budgeting, and technological issues. He is a very careful steward of the finances of the entire ministry.

Rev. Daniel Smith

Children's Director
After finishing a career in the Navy, Rev. Smith entered Christian ministry. He has served as Pastor, School Principal, Teacher, and now, as a grandparent, fulfills his calling working as Children’s Ministry Director.

Mr. Joe Gould

Youth Director
Mr. Joe Gould began leading our Youth Group as a temporary "fill-in." His heart for teens, however, was soon evident, and he and his wife, Amy, have developed an excellent and active Teen Program. He and his wife both grew up in Christian homes and graduated from Christian Schools.

Mrs. Jeanette Padilla

As a graduate of Milford Christian School, Mrs. Padilla has been “connected” to this ministry for many years. Her educational background and Missionary work have prepared her well to serve in this key position.