Gene joined the FBR staff in July of 1979, at which point, he sparked a renewed passion for music and worship in the hearts of our members. In Gene’s tenure at First, he has seen our music ministry grow through children’s choirs, student choir, Celebration Choir and Orchestra, and the Heart of America Christmas Pageant.
For those who know him, Gene seems like he was created to be a worship pastor, but he actually studied music education and was a public school teacher before entering the ministry. And though Gene has been in ministry since the late 1960s, he has only served in two churches, the first in his home state of Oklahoma. That being said, it’s no surprise he is an avid Oklahoma University football fan.
Gene’s life verse is 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” He has dedicated his life to teaching others to lead in worship and to empowering them to serve.