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Dr. Roger Paynter, Senior Pastor

Dr.Roger A. Paynter has been the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church since November, 1996. A native of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, he graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Religion and English. He completed the Master of Divinity degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1975 and the Doctor of Ministry degree at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. A portion of his doctoral work was completed at Mansfield College, Oxford University where he studied as a recepient of the North American Young Clergy Scholarship. He is also a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction located in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his service at First Baptist, Dr.Paynter served as the Senior Pastor of the Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, the Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas and the Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition, he served as Youth Minister at Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin and the Director of Echo Valley at the Laity Lodge Youth Camps.

Theological education is very important to Dr. Paynter as he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministry at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest where he teaches Homiletics in the M.Div. Program and Spirituality in the M.A.P.M. program. In addition, he is President of the Baptist Advisory board at Brite Divinity School and a member of the Board of Directors of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School.

He is a frequent speaker at Laity Lodge as well as leading numerous retreats and conferences at local congregations around the country.

Roger is married to Susan Youngblood Paynter, Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta, GA.  They have two children: Grayson and Mary Kathryn.

Roger's hobbies include a passionate loyalty to Oklahoma University football, playing golf, reading poetry, progressive country music, hunting and fly fishing.

"I remain excited about First Baptist for the same reasons I was drawn there. Being a diverse, downtown church allows us to express the Good and Glad News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the heart of one of America's most exciting cities. The challenge has not diminished. Instead, the possibilities for creative, open, evangelical ministry have only increased. First Baptist is a great place to test the commitment level of one's faith."

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