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Dr. Derek Staples has served in pastoral ministry for over 40 years. He has been at FBC Jacksonville since 2006. Dr. Staples holds a Doctorate of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Julie and has three sons: Josh, Jordan, and Andrew. He also has one grandson, James Christopher.

Dr. Derek Staples



Derek has served at FBC Jacksonville since July 2018. He is an alumni of Jacksonville State University where he was a history major. He is currently a Master of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Derek is married to Kendall and has one daughter, Maebry.

Derek McFarland


Bob became a Christian at the age of nine. It was through the teachings of Sunday School leaders and pastors that he came to believe. On the night he was baptized, he played the organ and sang “Amazing Grace.” He believes that night to be both his public declaration of faith and his music ministry in the church. Bob has served in ministry for over 28 years, specifically in the area of music. He has served at FBC Jacksonville since October of 2012. Bob earned an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Sauk Valley College, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Northern Illinois University. He also earned a Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas. He is married to Angela and has two children: Robert and James. He believes that music ministry is of utmost importance to the spiritual life and growth of the local church. He is called to be a minister as well as a musician. Bob’s passion is to remain true to God’s call as he serves Him through the ministry of FBC Jacksonville.

Bob White

Minister of music & administration


Angie Casey


Jesse Stewart



Taylor Alexander