Serving our community since 1883

First Baptist Church of Houston, Mo., offers a variety of programs for all ages, ranging from children's church and youth ministries to Sunday School classes for every age and senior adult ministries. 

We are located at Hawthorn Avenue and Airport Road and are affiliated with the Texas County Association, Missouri Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. Since its founding in 1883, the church has been active in providing ministries to our community and county. 

We believe, as a family, that God has called us in fellowship to help, love and encourage one another. We are committed to worshiping God, serving our community, sharing the love of Jesus and creating disciples.

Russ Stigall, Pastor

Russ was born in St. Louis. While he was growing up, he spent a lot of time on the family farm north of Houston. He became a Christian at age 8 and was called into ministry at age 16. 
He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Baptist college. While there, he met and married his wife, Susan. They have three children: Patricia, Joshua,  John and his wife, Michelle. They have one grandson, Nate and one granddaughter .

Roxie SPonsler, church and financial SECRETARY

Roxie works as the church and financial secretary.  Monday -Thursday  9:00-3:00.  She retired as Director of Texas County Family Support Division in December 2016.  She has two children, Bill Sponsler and wife Heather, Shannon Sanders and husband Travis. She also has four grandchildren Colten Huff and wife Kelsie, Janae Huff, Blake Sanders and Jaxson Sponsler. 


Teri has overseen the church's daycare program since February 2011. Previously, she was a preschool teacher at a child development center at Waynesville and taught elementary school for four years. She is a graduate of College of the Ozarks with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She is a native of Bucyrus and attended school at Houston. 


Steve Leonard  manages facilities at First Baptist Church, overseeing all aspects of the various buildings, their cleanliness and maintenance.