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Pastors & Staff

Kevin Chartney

Lead Pastor

On July 11th, 2021 First Baptist Church Muskogee welcomed Kevin as the Lead Pastor.

At the age of 9, sitting in the back pew of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Kevin gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ. The next 10 years of life were marked by growth in discipleship, and at age 19 God called him into Christian ministry. While attending Oklahoma Baptist University, he focused his studies on business and ministry in order to secure necessary skills in both fields.
Kevin and Christina were high-school sweethearts and were married in 2003. They have five awesome children: Bryce, Cael, Grace, Jude and Kathryn. Their story of faith has welcomed them the privilege of proclaiming Jesus far and wide. From Central Asia to East Asia, Central America to North America, and from South Asia to North Africa, it has been their joy to lead the church in the USA and vast contexts around the world.
North Africa has left an indelible mark on the Chartneys. Close to eight years of their ministry has been based in the cities and sands of North Africa. As Team Leader Kevin was able to implement strategies to reach cities with populations of multiple millions. By God’s grace the work in North Africa has seen Muslims believe in Christ and churches multiply.
Kevin has served in Pastoral positions that have challenged and shaped him significantly. Serving as the Young Adult Pastor at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, he was shepherd and teacher for ages 18-40 years old. Preaching weekly as well as leading and organizing small groups were priorities among his ministry tasks. Most recently he served as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Bartlesville, Oklahoma. As a teaching pastor he taught the Word of God in various settings including Sunday Worship, oversaw the ministries of the church, and supervised ministry staff. Serving the church in contexts near and far has given Kevin a unique perspective into God’s heart for shepherding his church.
Kevin and Christina both received their Master’s degrees from Gateway Seminary (previously Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary). Kevin desires to use the gifts of teaching, leadership, and faith to equip and inspire the church to love God and love others. He believes that now is a critical time in which we must make and mature disciples of Jesus who will change the world.


Children's Pastor

Paul is an Okie from Muskogee, who has come home after a 30-year pilgrimage of serving Christ.
A graduate of Muskogee High School and Northeastern State University, Paul served as a History Teacher and Coach, (along with some other jobs) before surrendering to the Gospel Ministry. He was licensed and ordained for ministry right here at FBC Muskogee.
He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX and earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Education. Paul has served on church staffs in Brownsville, TN, Knoxville, TN, Lebanon, MO and Maypearl, TX.  He has served in various pastoral positions from Recreation, Education, Youth, Children, Missions, Sr. Adults, and Families.
He and his lovely wife Margie have been married since 1986. They have been blessed with 4 children: Hannah, Luke, Sarah & Rachel.
Paul loves Sports, History, Reading, movies and acting. If he weren’t in ministry, he would be the head football coach of Oklahoma University (sorry Lincoln) or a History Professor. He loves to travel and is a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan.
He has served on the leadership team for Next Level Kids Camp for 10 years and still loves camp!
Paul’s life verse is Matthew 5:16; “Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  He has a passion for studying and teaching God’s word.  He loves connecting with people of all ages, but especially kids.  Mostly because he is just a big kid himself.


Youth Minister

First Baptist Church is looking for a Student Minister.  You can submit your resume' to our personnel committee.  Just email it to info@fbcmuskogee.org.



First Baptist will soon be seeking a position for a Worship Leader.  As we are currently trying to determine the best fit for this position in our ministry we are not yet accepting resume's.  


Office Manager

First Baptist Church Muskogee is actively seeking a well qualified candidate for the position of Office Manager.  This position was previously known as the "Church Business Administrator."  This position encompasses financial management along with human resource management and will be the direct Supervisor of non-ministerial staff.  Please send any resume's to info@fbcmuskogee.org.

Karen Smith

Christian Life Center Director

Karen, born and raised in Oklahoma, joined our full-time staff in 2013.  Prior to that, you would have found her interpreting for deaf students in Muskogee Public Schools and Hilldale Public Schools, serving as assistant to our Associate Pastor, or directing traffic at Kamp Kidville Summer Day Camp program for 10 years.  Karen is passionate about creating activities, programs, and events that allow relationships to form between fellow believers, as well as, those who are seeking what is missing in their lives – Jesus Christ.
While studying and receiving her degree in Interpreting ASL/English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Karen developed a deep sense of advocacy for those in the Deaf community.  She has interpreted many worship services at First Baptist Muskogee and has interpreted in the surrounding area.
When she is not planning activities, Karen is either scrapbooking, hunting down a great sale on scrapbooking supplies, talking about scrapbooking with fellow scrapbookers, looking for scrapbooking ideas on Pinterest, or planning her next time to scrapbook.
Karen is the mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to two rowdy, delightful boys.