meet the staff

Jamie Tickel, Senior Pastor

Though saved at the age of twelve in a small country church, it wasn’t until his late teens that Jamie got serious about God’s plan for his life. Through a peculiar string of events and some divine appointments Jamie recognized God’s call on him into the ministry. From the moment he surrendered to that call, a deep passion for God and His word erupted which can be seen in his personal study habits and his unique preaching style. He is eager to see others flourish in their relationship with the Father. Pastor Jamie is passionate about reaching the lost and believes the Great Commission is a personal command to all believers. Jamie and his wife Brianna have been married since 2002 and have two sons, Hawkins, and Hyatt, and a daughter, Harlow. Brianna is a nurse at Freeman Hospital. Jamie started preaching here January 3, 2010. You can friend Pastor Jamie on Facebook. He really loves to talk on the phone but you can email him

Jason Taylor, Associate Pastor

 - Worship and Students

Jason was called to FBC Joplin in March of 2008. He is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has served in several Southern Baptist Churches in Oklahoma over the past 18 years. He leads our worship with a wonderful blend of modern choruses and hymns. Our Student Ministry is thriving under Jason’s leadership. Our students are active in weekly Bible Study, Missions Projects, Retreats and Camps and are a vital part of our Church Family. Jason’s wife, Christy, is a Kindergarten teacher-recently-turned-stay-at-home mom. They are the proud parents of Abbye, Ainsley, Adlee, and Axton. If you email him, don't diss his Sooners. 

Carrie Morrell, 

Administrative assistant

Carrie has administrative experience in a variety of office settings, including the Admissions Office at Ozark Christian College, Link Dental Corporation, College Heights Christian Church, and various home businesses. She has been involved in the church her whole life, from growing up in a Christian home and becoming a Christian at a young age, to being a pastor’s wife for the last 20 years. She really enjoys designing the artwork for all the church events.  Carrie and her husband Greg have two wonderful, beautiful, funny, smart daughters: Emma and Claire.  

Contact Carrie at or 417-624-4585.

Logan Whitehead,

Interim Children's Minister

Logan joins us as our interim Children's Minister as we search for a full time Children's Associate. Logan attends Missouri Southern State University and is studying Elementary Education.  Logan is home grown, having been in our youth department for the last several years.  She is engaged to Kyle Martin, a US Marine.  You can contact her at

Brenda King, Financial Secretary

Brenda has been a church bookkeeper for over sixteen years.  She is treasurer at her own church at FBC Oronogo, and participates in Red Sea Fitness team, volunteers at Watered Gardens, and enjoys going with a medical mission team to Jamaica once a year.  She is married to Marvin, a farmer, and they have four grown children and five grandchildren.  If you have any financial questions, contact her.