Pastoral Staff

Dr. Doug Munton
Senior Pastor

Pastor Doug has been at First Baptist Church O’Fallon (FBCO) since 1995. He and Vickie have four children and 11 grandchildren. He graduated from Wheaton College and earned an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored 4 books. He has been past President of the Illinois Baptist State Association and 1st Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He likes sports and ice cream and exercise (because he likes ice cream!) and loves helping people come to know Christ as Savior and grow deeper in faith. He blogs at and you can follow him on twitter @dougmunton.


Dr. John Howard
Executive Pastor/Student Ministry Advisor

John repented and believed in Jesus for salvation when he was 12 years old. At age 15, he felt God's call to vocational ministry, eventually being led into student ministry. John married his high school sweetheart, Sarah, on May 29, 2004. On June 17, 2010, God blessed John and Sarah with their first child, a baby girl, Madilyn Faye, and on January 4, 2016 with a baby boy, Mason Lee. John was called to be our Pastor to Students on October 2010. In 2018, John transitioned into the role of Executive Pastor and Student Ministry Advisor at FBCO. Prior to his call to FBCO, John served through student and associate ministry at his home church in Benton, Illinois and First Baptist Church of Blytheville, Arkansas. John has earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. John is spiritually gifted in the areas of preaching/teaching, administration, and leadership. John is a die-hard University of Illinois and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoys spending time with his family, working out, reading, and eating out.


Skip Leininger
Associate Pastor/Minister of Pastoral Care

Skip is a Metro-East native, graduate of O'Fallon Township High School, Southwest Illinois College, and Illinois State University. He graduated from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a Master of Arts in Religious Education. After seminary, he joined the FBCO staff as Minister to Students in 1983. In 1992 he left O'Fallon to pastor the Mehlville Baptist Church in Saint Louis for 13 years. In 2005 he rejoined the staff at FBCO as the Associate Pastor. He and his wife, Joni, have been married for 30 years and are proud of their fantastic children: Abigail (Nathaniel), Joshua (Melissa), Sarah Beth (Alex) and their grandchildren: Zailey, Jase, Eden, AdaGrace, Amelia, and Rhett.


Mike Cariker
Family Life Pastor

Mike has been on staff at FBCO since 2003, first as the student minister and since 2010 as Associate Pastor. Born and raised in Texas, the son of a pastor and a graduate of Texas A&M University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Mike and his wife Christina have five children (one son, four daughters, and not enough bathrooms). Mike’s responsibilities include Children's Ministry, Upward Sports, and IT services.


Obie Dalrymple
Pastor of Single Adults & Men

Obie is the Pastor to Single Adults and men at FBCO. After serving four years in the Air Force at Scott AFB, Obie continued to work for the Air Force as a civilian contractor while attending Liberty Baptist theological seminary online. During that time, he also had the pleasure of teaching a LIFE Group at FBCO. Upon graduating with a Masters of Religious Education, Obie surrendered to the call of ministry and in 2013 he was ordained here at FBCO.  

From there, Obie left the government contracting world and he and his wife moved to Calvert City, Kentucky where Obie served as a Youth and Families Pastor until returning here to FBCO in 2017. He is pursuing his Doctor of Religious Education through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the author of the Christian fiction book, The Messengers and the Forgotten Choice. He also occasionally posts Bible lessons to his blog,

Obie and his wife have three children. They are thrilled to be back at FBCO!


Tom Dawson
Adult Ministries Pastor

Tom Dawson has been the Minister of Adult Education at FBCO since January 2005. He is responsible for leading all adult ministries and is passionate about the critical role discipleship plays in the local church.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. In addition, he holds a Master of Divinity from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialization in Spiritual Formation through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition to his ministry at FBCO, he also served as a Reserve Chaplain in the United States Air Force and was last assigned to the 375th Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base, IL. Tom retired from the Air Force Reserve in April 2014 after 23 years of service.

He enjoys camping, cycling, and the outdoors. Tom and his wife, Marilyn, have two grown children, Katie (Josh) and Jonathan, along with twin grandchildren, Sam and Abby. Tom and Marilyn, along with their Golden Doodle, Cali, currently reside in O’Fallon, IL.


Mark Jones
Worship Pastor

Mark joined the staff at FBCO in February of 2014. With over 23 years of Worship Ministry experience, he comes to O'Fallon after serving nearly 12 years at First Baptist Maryville. After traveling through every state (except Alaska) and 9 foreign countries during his professional trumpet days, he answered the call to full-time pastoral ministry in Worship and Music. Earning a Masters of Divinity degree, he's passionate about leading people in worship based on God's Word. Mark believes in multi-generational, God-empowered, musically excellent, and transformational worship to change, convict, and challenge people toward a Christlike lifestyle. Mark, and his wife Jayna, have two children, Colton and Kaylea, who are also called to serve in ministry. 


Danny Walls
Student Pastor

Danny is the Student Pastor here at FBCO. He has been on staff at FBCO since the Fall of 2002. The youngest of 4 crazy kids, Danny grew up in Orlando, FL in a rock solid Christian home with a loving Christian family. He was saved and baptized at the age of 10 in the church where he was born and raised. After getting married, he joined the Air Force and moved up to Illinois. After his four years in the Air Force, he worked as a network analyst for AT&T. While working for AT&T and serving as a Life Group teacher for the youth (Sunday school teacher for the old school folks out there), Danny knew that God was calling him full-time into the ministry. And that is Danny's life in a nutshell. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Christy, for over 25 years. They have two incredible adult kids, Hannah and Jonah. Danny has a passion for teaching God’s Word, sharing the gospel and trying to make people laugh with his odd sense of humor. When he’s not at work, you may find him running in the park, playing drums, or riding his skateboard at the skatepark. Yeah, he’s a bit odd for an old dude, but we still love him! Danny is a graduate of McKendree University with a major in Religion with a Christian emphasis and a minor in history.


Ministerial Staff

Ellen Atterberry
Student Ministry Associate


Shawn Boyer
Production Director


Barbara Lee
Adult Ministries Specialist


Kathy Lewis
Preschool Associate


Terra Lipe
Children's Elementary
Ministry Specialist


Mellisa Richards
Preschool Associate


Becky Shreve
Creation Corner Preschool Director


Dave Smith
Sports Director


Support Staff

Chris Bayuk


Suzanne Christ
Adult Ministries Assistant


Shonda Cook
Worship Ministries Assistant


Deidra Crook
Financial Assistant/Treasurer


Donna Fenster
Children’s Ministry Assistant


Joelle Frohbieter
Bookstore Assistant


Diane Hobbs
Bookstore Director


Andy Lewis
Worship Leader


Kasi Lewis
Student Ministry Assistant


Dawn Martin
Accounts Manager


Wendy Milligan
Children's Ministry Assistant


Paul Messer


Brandon Miller


Wayne Morgan


Becky Nelson
Childcare Director


Anastasia Reeves
Sports Assistant


Bill Rettig


Debbie Rodaway


Kara Sasiela
Adult Ministry Assistant


Tandy Thomas
Pastoral Assistant


Tammy Walpole
Worship Ministries Assistant