Pastor Lew Cort
Pastor Lew Cort has been in the ministry for 50+ years. He served for 30 years at Liberty Baptist Church near Fellows Lake north of Springfield. Nine years ago at the age of 75, he came out of retirement to accept a call as pastor from Briar Street Baptist Church. Lew has a heart for missions. He has personally made 24 trips to Mexico to preach, teach and assist in building projects. He also has made 3 trips to India and has led Briar Street to become a pacesetter church with the largest percentage per capita mission giving in the Greene County Baptist Association. Currently, BSBC gives 30% of its annual budget to missions.
Pastor B.J. Chapman
Pastor B.J. Chapman entered the ministry in 1981. B.J. came to faith in Christ while serving in the U.S. Navy in 1976. He graduated from Mid-South Bible College, in Memphis, TN. He did his graduate study at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY, and Dallas Theological Seminary. B.J. is largely an expository preacher. In 2012 B.J. published his first book called THE FIRST TWO THOUSAND YEARS (An Un-Apologetic Examination of Genesis 1-11).
Pastor Chapman has been married to his wife Brenda for 42 years. They have four grown children - Caleb, Jesse, Adrian and Bethany, three daughters-in-laws – Amber, Olivia, and Sami, one son-in-law - Clayton Taff, and 7 grandchildren - Ben, Lilly, David, Blair, Everett Dawson, and Jaci.