James “Jimmy” Walls – Senior Pastor 


Jimmy is married to Catherine, an art teacher at Pleasant Ridge Elementary in Charlestown. They have two children, Nathan and Ashley.   Jimmy has been the pastor at FBC since January 1992. Jimmy was raised in Charlestown and graduated from CHS in 1975. He is a 1979 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and a 1982 and 2001 graduate of the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. He came to First Baptist from View Baptist Church in Abilene, TX where he was a pastor for nearly nine years.

Feel free to contact pastor Jimmy anytime
Phone: (812)256-3421


Kaleb Bales – Associate Pastor of Worship and Music Ministries

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Kaleb felt the call to serve Christ’s church after the Lord allowed him to pursue a career in Nashville working in the Contemporary Christian Music industry. He feels the doors that opened to him in that time were divine appointments to train him in practical music leadership. During his time in Nashville Kaleb met his wife Alisha, they have been married since July 2016. Meeting Alisha inspired Kaleb to be a husband and provider and spurred him to get his financial act together and abandon a career as a music producer. Upon returning to his home church in South Eastern Missouri, Kaleb realized that God had ordained the skills he had learned in Nashville to be used in service to the Church. Feeling the call to full-time ministry, Kaleb came to the Louisville area to attend Boyce College at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to further his education and has been on staff at FBC since August of 2015. Alisha works as a Graphic Designer. She and Kaleb both enjoy exploring Louisville, hiking, and playing with their dog Olive.

If you are interested in serving on FBC’s worship ministry as a vocalist, instrumentalist, or even as an Audio/Video Tech, Pastor Kaleb would love to speak with you.
Phone: (573)783-1727

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