Pastor Jeff Ables and Robin

About Our Staff - Pastor

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

About Our Staff - BrutonsDavid Harris came to faith in Christ 2006. Following conversion, he was baptized at Berean and became involved in the congregation. Sensing a burden for preaching, he surrendered his life for God's use in ministry. He completed the Bible Institute program in 2014.


David joined the staff in 2009, and has been Assistant Pastor since 2015. He preaches, teaches in the College 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 two children, Evangeline and Owen. David is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Spurgeon College (BA, Christian Ministry) and is studying to earn the MA in Theology from Biola University's Talbot School of Theology.