church leadership

As the Apostle Paul states, "Jesus Christ is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also Head of the body, the church..." (Colossians 1:17–18). Peter also identifies Christ as the "Chief Shepherd" over "the flock of God" (1 Peter 5:2 & 4). 

At Springfield Bible Church we unashamedly submit to the authority of Jesus Christ. As a part of His church we seek to follow the Biblical example of local churches being faithfully governed and managed by elders and deacons. 

  • John standard (pastor/Elder)

    John Standard has served as an elder and pastor/teacher for over thirty-five years at SBC. John graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU), and then received a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. John preaches regularly and teaches several times during the week. John is originally from Springfield. He and his wife, Grace, have adult children and numerous grandchildren.

  • Johnnie standard (Pastor/Elder)

    Johnnie Standard and his wife, Katherine, joined the SBC family in 2012. Johnnie graduated from Wheaton College (IL), and then received his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Johnnie serves as an elder and associate pastor within the church, teaching each week and preaching regularly. Johnnie oversees the student ministries within the church. He and Katherine enjoy working  with young families in the church and spending time together as a family.

  • Bob booker (elder)

    Bob Booker and his wife, Sharon, are founding members of SBC. Bob serves as an elder, teaches Sunday School occasionally, and also teaches "Walk through the Bible" classes. They have adult children and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. They are avid fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini.

  • Bill Bretz (elder)

    Bill Bretz serves as an elder, teaches Sunday school, and preaches occasionally as well. Bill and his wife Dawn have adult children and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. Bill also enjoys reading, listening to music, drinking Starbucks coffee, and spending time with his family.

  • Paul eastvold (elder)

    Paul Eastvold and his wife, Karilyn, are founding members of SBC. Paul has served as an elder for many years, as well as the church treasurer. Paul and Karilyn are originally from Iowa. They have adult children and numerous grandchildren. They are very involved in other local ministries within the Springfield community, including serving with WLUJ Radio (89.7 FM) and First Step's Women's Center.

  • dan feezor (elder)

    Dan Feezor serves as an elder. Dan and his wife, Jenny, have been very involved at SBC, particularly in serving within the student ministries. Dan and Jenny teach the Jr. High Sunday School class. Dan is a proud fan of his alma mater's Fighting Illini. Dan and Jenny have adult children.

  • rich cooley (deacon)

    Rich Cooley serves as a deacon. He and his wife, Amanda, serve at SBC in many ways including co-teaching a children's Sunday School class and helping with the students in Youth Group on a weekly basis. Rich also directs our snow removal crew and assists in building maintenance and upkeep. Rich and Amanda enjoy spending time together with their family, oftentimes being outdoors and boating on Lake Springfield.

  • Harold dameron (Deacon)

    Harold Dameron has attended SBC for nearly thirty-five years. He has served as a deacon for numerous years and is our Sunday morning worship song leader and choir director. Harold is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and he faithfully supports his Maryland Terrapins and Baltimore Orioles. Harold is also an auto enthusiast and enjoys the Indycar series.

  • cliff hunter (deacon)

    Cliff Hunter serves as a deacon. He and his wife, Marilyn, have provided many years of faithful service to SBC. Cliff serves in many areas of building upkeep and directing our volunteer building cleaning crew. They enjoy serving the church in many ways and have been faithful servant-leaders with our Vacation Bible School (VBS) over the years.

  • ryan prehn (deacon)

    Ryan Prehn serves as a deacon. Ryan and his wife, Chelsea, have been members at SBC for a number of years and serve in many ways including building upkeep and directing our Young Families' Marriage Study. Ryan and Chelsea enjoy spending time with their family as well as cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.