Pastor Ables grew up in Eastern Tennessee and entered the United States Air Force in 1980. While stationed in Texas, he met his wife Robin and married her in July of that same year. Pastor Ables and Robin were saved and he surrendered to the call to preach in 1984 while still in the Air Force. He and his family moved to Springfield in December of 1985 after receiving an Honorable Discharge from the military.
Before coming back to Springfield he was Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church for 11 years in Knob Noster, Missouri outside of Whiteman AFB. Pastor Ables came to Springfield to attend Baptist Bible College, and graduated in 1990. While in college, he and his family attended Berean Baptist Church.
Pastor Ables and Robin have 3 children. Heather is married to David Sikes and has one son and three daughters. Brian is married to Laura and they have two sons and one daughter. Their second daughter Marie is 21.
Pastor Ables has been the pastor of Berean Baptist Church since October of 2000.
T.J and Kristen Kane
TJ first came to Berean as a teenager in 1999. He is a lifetime resident of southwest Missouri. TJ was saved at our Annual Outdoor Revival Meeting in 2004.
Over the past 11 years he has been actively involved in many areas of ministry, including children’s church, Bus ministry, serving as an usher, and helping out in various Sunday school classes. Currently, T.J. oversees the maintenance at the church and the bus ministry.
TJ and Kristen were the first couple to be married by Pastor Ables at Berean in 2003. They have two children, Addison, 9, and Seth, 7.
David and Hannah Harris
David Harris began attending Berean Baptist Church in 1995. He came to faith in Christ in the Spring of 2006. Following his conversion, David was baptized into the church's membership, and became actively involved in church ministry as a teenager. Sensing a burden for preaching, he surrendered his life for God's use and has pursued the ministry of preaching and teaching the Bible since that time. He completed the Bible Institute program in 2014.
David came on staff at Berean in 2009, and has served as Assistant Pastor since 2015. He preaches, teaches in the College and Career Class and Bible Institute, manages the office, writes the adult Sunday School curriculum, and oversees the children's ministries and correspondence Bible studies. He and Hannah were married in 2015. They have one daughter, Evangeline.
Daniel and Molly Ligon
Daniel was saved in 1995 and raised on the mission field of Nigeria, West Africa. He surrendered to the call to preach in 2004 at youth camp, and began attending Heartland Baptist Bible College in 2008. Daniel and Molly met at college and were married in 2011.
After graduation in 2012, the Ligons came to Berean Baptist Church, where Daniel serves as an Assistant to Pastor Ables as Youth Director and Music Director. He preaches, oversees the outreach programs, and does the graphic design and video work for the church. They have three daughters, Claire, Katelyn, and Sky.