Interim Pastor

Dr. Terry Carter

During a special business conference on Sunday, November 5, 2023, we voted to call Dr. Terry Carter as our Interim Pastor effective Sunday, November 12, 2023. Dr. Carter has a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1983), a M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1977) and a B.A. degree from Howard Payne University. (1974)

Dr. Carter is the W.O. Vaught Chair of Christian Ministry at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and has been a Professor of Church History and Christian Ministry at OBU since 1991. He has served as interim pastor in almost 30 different churches over the years in Texas and Arkansas, one being First Baptist Sheridan in the mid 1990's. He pastored on the mission field in Wiesbaden, Germany for 7 years early in his pastoral ministry. Dr. Carter has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles including "Preaching God's Word" and "Telling God's Story," which are both used as textbooks at Ouachita Baptist University.  He has been married to his wife, Kathy for 51 years. Their daughter, Tilly and her husband, Bent have 3 children, Carter, Nora, and Lawson. 

Interim Student Pastor

Jason Roshto


Music Director

Scott Talley

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Scott began serving as the FBC Director of Music Ministries in February of 2017. He has been singing in church since the age of 3 and had 15 years of experience leading music in worship services before coming to Sheridan. In addition to leading praise and worship music during Sunday morning worship time, Scott directs our adult choir and leads our praise team. Scott is bi-vocational owning his own roofing business. He is married to Suzie, and they have three adult children: Katelyn, married to Taylor Beeman; Karis, married to Jace Shellnut; and Logan, married to Anna; along with two grandchildren: Presley and Brooks Beeman. In addition to music, Scott enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing in his spare time.

Children's Director

Fara Newkirk

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Fara has served as the Director of our Children's Ministry since September 2000 after working several years in finance and as a homemaker. Her duties at FBC include leading TeamKID, Vacation Bible School, the children's Sunday School program, new Christian training classes, and children's summer activities. Fara is married to Keith, and they have one adult son, Alexander. He and his wife, Shelby, have blessed Fara with two grandsons, Benjamin and Samuel. In addition to her work at church, Fara enjoys traveling and fine dining.

Administrative Assistant

Melissa Poe

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Melissa is a former nurse and EMT who went back to college and obtained her degree in Management Information Systems from Central Baptist College in Conway. She began serving FBC as Church Administrative Assistant in February 2017. She welcomes all visitors to our church office as well as assists the pastor and other church staff members with day-to-day tasks.  Melissa and her husband, Danny, enjoy traveling all around the state. Melissa also enjoys photographing nature, hydroponic gardening in her greenhouse, and reading.

Communications Director

Marla Moore

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Marla became the Director of Communications and Publications in August of 2015 after a 31 year career as a public school educator. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a BSE in English in 1984 and later obtained MSE degrees at Henderson State University in elementary counseling and the University of Central Arkansas in library media. Her duties at FBC involve creating all paper and electronic communications of the church. Marla is a lifelong resident of Sheridan and a third generation member of FBC Sheridan. She and her husband, Mike, a high school baseball coach, have raised three children: Whitney, married to Cory Johnson; Landon, married to Laney; and Sarah, married to Jacob Holloway. Marla and Mike have two grandchildren: Jake Allen Johnson and Courtney Johnson. Marla enjoys reading, singing, and going to ballgames. 

Financial Director

Nikki Saunders

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Nikki graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2012, where she obtained a degree in Accounting and Finance. She has been an accountant for the past few years at a local business. She began serving FBC as Church Finance Director in January 2020. She takes care of all financial matters related to the church. Nikki has been married to Jordan since March 2012. They have three sons: Isaac, Thomas, and Levi. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family.

MDO Director

Teri Owens

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Teri became the FBC Mother's Day Out Director in August 2022. She received her Associates of Arts Degree from SEARK and then continued in her studies at Henderson State University in Early Childhood Education. She has served in the MDO program since its beginnings 12 years ago. Teri has been married to Ray Owens since 2003, and they are members of Little Creek Missionary Baptist Church. In her spare time, Teri enjoys being with her nieces and nephews and attending their sporting events. She also enjoys photography.