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 18 years of age.
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, after making a false profession 4 years earlier.
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, the bus ministry, and Family Camp.
TJ and Kristen were the first couple to be married by Pastor Ables at Berean in 2003. They have two children, Addison 8, and Seth 6.
David and Hannah Harris
David Harris began attending Berean Baptist Church in 1995. He professed faith at a very young age, but later sensed his need for real conversion and was born again in the Spring of 2006. In 2008, David began to sense a call to the ministry, and dedicated his life to preaching. He trained in the Bible Institute from 2009-2014.
David has been on staff since 2009, and currently serves as the assistant pastor. He teaches in the EXIST ministry at Missouri State University, the Jr. Church program, the Jr. Class Sunday School, and rest home ministries. He also serves as the church secretary, writes the adult Sunday School curriculum, and oversees the Vacation Bible School. He and Hannah were married in 2015.
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 also oversees the outreach programs and does the graphic design and video work for the church. They have two daughters, Claire and Katelyn.