Staff

Wade Ricks
Wade RicksSenior Pastor

Wade grew up in Texas and married the love of his life on September 2, 1988. Wade and Julie have one son, Aaron, who is now attending Dallas Baptist University. Wade enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and reading. My favorite books include the Bible, Biblical Preaching, Experiencing God, Radical, and anything written by Thom Rainer.

Wade was called to Collinsville First Baptist in November 2007 to serve as Minister of Education. In March 2011, God called him to serve as our Senior Pastor.  He is passionate to see lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and see them grow in their relationship with Him.

Wade graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with degrees in Theology, Master of Arts in Christian Education, and is currently working on a D.Min in Pastoral Leadership.

Stephen Ferrand
Stephen FerrandAssociate Pastor - Worship

Stephen’s parents were missionaries in the US and overseas, so its hard to say exactly where he’s from. Stephen’s wife Natalie, however, was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. They were married in 2009 and have three boys, Isaac, Cai, and Luke. Stephen enjoys wrestling with his boys, hunting, reading, cooking, and action shooting sports.

Stephen was called to serve Collinsville First Baptist in 2011 after serving churches in the Florida Panhandle, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He wants everyone to sing in the choir, and is passionate about intentional discipleship.

Stephen graduated with from William Carey University with a Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees, both with an emphasis in church music. He also has a professional certificate from Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Nathan Trosper
Nathan TrosperAssociate Pastor - Students

Nathan Trosper is originally from Nanih Waiya, MS, and moved to Collinsville with his wife in 2008.  They have been a part of Collinsville First Baptist since 2008.  He became the interim youth pastor in December 2012, and transitioned to full time youth pastor in September 2013.  Prior to moving to Collinsville, he was a youth pastor at Brewster Road Baptist Church in Trussville, AL, and then at Forest Lake Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL.  He also worked at LifeWay Christian Stores.

 

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University with an emphasis in Geosciences.

 

He married his wife Mitzi, in May of 2007.  They have four children, Ethan, Madelyn Grace, Alyssa, and Caden.

David Sellers
David SellersAssociate Pastor - Senior Adults
Bio coming soon
Suzanne Whitney
Suzanne WhitneyChildren's Ministries Coordinator

Suzanne is originally from Preston, MS. She has been a part of the church since 2000 when she and her husband, Sean, moved to Collinsville.   She became a part of the staff in May of 2011.

She earned Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University and a Masters of Art in Teaching degree from University of West Alabama.

She and Sean were married in August of 1993 and they have two daughters, Clare and Caitlin.

She desires to see children come to the saving knowledge of Christ and achieve their full potential in Christ.

StephAnie Smith
StephAnie SmithMinistry Assistant

StephAnie Smith is originally from the Brandon area and attended Belhaven University where she studied Graphic Design. StephAnie married her husband, Brad in 2007.

 

In 2008, Brad and StephAnie, along with their son Wesley, moved to Collinsville. StephAnie came on staff in February 2010, to the position of Financial and Ministry Assistant.

 

Brad and StephAnie serve in the Youth Ministry on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.

Sherri McClure
Sherri McClureMusic & Education Secretary

Sherri McClure and her family moved to Collinsville in 2005 after her husband Dan retired from his Navy career. They became members of Collinsville First Baptist that same year and have served in many different areas of ministry. In January of 2014, she joined the office staff as the Music/Education ministry assistant. Sherri is thankful for the opportunity to serve the church in this capacity.

Sherri and Dan have been married for over 26 years and are blessed with three sons, Raylen, Brandon, Nathan, and two wonderful daughters-in –law.

Beth Goodman
Beth GoodmanNursery Coordinator
Bio info coming soon.