Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Ryan and I have the privilege of serving as pastor here at Winfield, First Baptist Church. My wife Karen and I have three children Jonathan, Kaylah and KayCee. We came to Winfield, Missouri in December of 1996 where I assumed the position of Pastor at First Baptist Church.

Jesus said. "And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant for all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" Mark 10:44-45. If there is one verse that would summerize my attitude toward ministry, it is this verse. I believe that Christians in general and ministers specifically should be people-centered and not self-centered; Christ-centered and not world-centered.

Christ's life was one of self-sacrifice and meeting other's needs whenever he found them...Jesus brought people to repentance primarily through his unconditional love and kindness. It is my desire and goal to model this kind of life and lead the people I serve to do the same.

It is an honor to serve at First Baptist Church and it is an exciting time to be a part of what Almighty God is doing in our midst.