OUR STAFF
 

Tyler Tankersley, Pastor

I love First Baptist Church for the loving sense of community. We are a place that seeks to love one another. We are not perfect, but we are striving to live out the Gospel. What I love most about First Baptist Church is that no matter what may be going on in your life, you are welcomed and loved in our midst.
 
I have been married to Jessica for nine years. We have three children: Henry (5), Owen (2), and Charlotte (8 mos.)
 
B.A. (Anthropology) – Southeast Missouri State University; M.Div. – Central Baptist Theological Seminary
 
My hobbies are:  coffee, hiking, running, reading, traveling, writing, and playing superheroes with my kids.
 
My favorite story in the Bible is the story of the man born blind from John 9. The moment that gets me is when the scribes and Pharisees question the man they seek definitive proof of his healing and they ask the man if Jesus is a sinner or not. The man replies: “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25). The best testimony we have of the Gospel is how our lives are different because of who Jesus is.
 

Erin Pind, Ministry Assistant

From the first moment I walked in, the people of FBC have made it feel like a second home.  They are there for you whenever you need them, whether it’s dinner delivered to your door when you’re sick or just a little pick me up. It’s wonderful to see a church come together to make the community a better place and help out as much as possible. 
 
As a ministry assistant, I am able to be involved in a lot of different areas of the church.  Not only does this keep me busy, it also keeps me on my toes! I enjoy planning, organizing and making sure everything runs as efficiently as possible.
 
I have a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southeast Missouri State University.
 
 My husband, Wes, and I married in May 2014 and welcomed our beautiful daughter, Adelyn, in January 2016. We spend our time making memories, chasing down a toddler, and wishing we exercised more.
 
My hobbies include, but not limited to: Pinterest fanatic, DIY wanna-be, and ROM-COM movie watcher
 
He has made everything beautiful in its time. – Ecclesiastes 3:11
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. – Matthew 6:34
 
Becky Gentry
Ministry of Music
 
I am the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church. I absolutely love working with the choir and helping lead others in worship on Sunday mornings. The choir is family to me and being with them in rehearsals is always a bright spot in my week.
 
I hold a Bachelor of Music Education from Jacksonville State University (1987), a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Louisville (1994), and have completed 23 hours post Master’s.
 
My husband, Bruce, and I are parents to Lydia, our very cool, violin playing, 18 year old daughter. We also have a wonderful dog, who is known as Holly the Collie.
 
First Baptist Church is a loving environment for people who are thriving and for those who are searching. It’s a church where you can come as you are—flaws or fabulous. We might not all agree on every idea, but your ideas are respected. Our church members are friendly and welcoming. We are eager to get to know new people who attend our church.
 
With teaching full time and church work added in, there’s not a lot of time for hobbies. When I can fit it in, I enjoy spending time with Bruce and Lydia, scrapbooking, and vacationing.
 
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 1:6 “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”  Another favorite is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Keith Kyle
Associate Pastor of Family Ministries
 
I am the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries.  What I love about my position is the connection that I am able to make with the children and their families. When Christ said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” I feel he was speaking directly to myself. I look forward to the relationships that can be developed through the time spent within our ministries offered.
 
My Family: Married to Debbie for 29 yrs, two sons, Zach 26 and Dylan 19, and Cooper our miniature schnauzer.
 
FBC is a wonderful family. That’s what I love most. Warm, friendly, always looking to bring you in. A place for everyone, no matter who, where or what!
 
I love to camp – if we are not at church that’s were we are and of course music, the other passion in my life!
 
John 11:33-15 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. — I love these verses for a couple of reasons. First when I was a kid I loved the fact that I could memorize a verse easily, it’s just two word: “Jesus wept.” Who wouldn’t! But more importantly, this shows me the humanity of Christ. His emotion, his love he had for those around him. He was moved and troubled in spirit. For me, I can relate to this, a tender heart!
 
 

Gerald Collier, Associate Pastor for Senior Adult Ministry

From my first experience of worship and meeting this church family we have felt a part of a loving caring congregation; that is open to people who may not be like me and yet there is unity among us.
 
From the time I became a Christian, I have had a love for working with older adults. Every church I have pastored, and my work as Chaplain at The Baptist Home, working with Senior Adults seemed to be my strength. Senior Adults are people who can teach you something, and often express a desire to know God better in their old age.
 
I have earned a BS Degree, and a Master of Divinity Degree.

My wife (Betty) and I were married in 1965. We have two sons, and we have
three grandchildren.

I like to do landscape photography.

 
Proverbs 3:5-6; Ephesians 2:8-10.
 

Lawrence Kenkel, Youth Director

Since our first time coming in 2011, I have always felt at home and involved, very inclusive group of fantastic people.
 
I love being able to interact with youth and share my experiences as a teen. Getting to know them on a personal level makes the job even more rewarding.
I graduated high school and had some college and technical school.

My family is amazing and really close always having fun. We all take part in different areas of the church as well as a full schedule of activities outside of church. Always on the move.

I love the outdoors, being with my wife and kids, and building or tinkering with anything I can!

This may be cliché but John 3:16 as a kid it really stuck as well as the fact that it says so much about no matter what God love is.
Psalms 139:23-24 I love how true this is in say that see me and my thoughts, help me to stay pure and guide me in your ways, something that I used to struggle with. Something we all struggle with.
 

Laura A. Meece, Co-Coordinator for Wednesday Night Meals

I love FBC Cape because tolerance and love for others is more important than agreeing on small details.
 
BS in special education from SEMO
 
My family includes my husband, Nathan, who works as computer technician, our adorable daughter, Devon, who is my shadow at all times, and our cutesy dog, Adelaede, who leaves fur and kisses everywhere she goes.
 
My hobbies include quilting and singing.
 
Matthew 6:34 Reminds me that my anxiety only serves itself and that I shouldn’t worry as much about tomorrow.
 

Susan Hatley, Pianist

I love FBC Cape because there are wonderful people to worship with and great music.
 
I love using my talents God gave me at FBC for His honor and glory.
 
Masters of Science Degree in Music Education and Church Music.
 
My family includes my mom, brother, and sister.
 
My hobbies are gardening and sewing crafts.
 
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
 

Debra Moore, Custodian

I am the custodian at FBC Cape. I think the people at FBC Cape are gracious and lovely.  My hobbies include reading and baking dog treats for six dogs.  
 
My favorite verse is Matthew 7:1:  Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
 
 

Chadie Fruehwald, Organist

I’m the organist at FBC. I love that I’m allowed to play anything. I try to fit my selections into the themes of the service, but if I can’t or choose not to, it’s OK.
I studied organ/ church music at the University of Louisville, where I met my husband, Robert. He’s a composer and flutist who has taught at SEMo since 1989. When we fist moved to Cape Girardeau, I didn’t have a church job for the first time since I left school. This allowed me to begin to study the harp, something I had wanted to do since I was a child. I occasionally play it here at FBC, and I play with the Southeast Orchestra, and occasionally with other orchestras in the area.
FBC is the kind of open, tolerant, and loving community that I wish all that churches would be. It is a joy to play here.
A Bible verse that means a lot to me is John 3:16 – ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son”. The John Stainer setting of those words always comes to my mind.
 

Kara Filbeck, Preschool Worker

 
Kendra Moore, Preschool Worker