First Community Church is excited to welcome a new pastor, Rev. Russell Willoughby to its congregation and to the city of Joplin. Over the last ten years, Rev. Willoughby has served as Senior Minister of Church of the Valley in Van Nuys, CA. His ministry focused upon leading a progressive urban congregation and upon leadership and congregational planning. Rev. Willoughby’s education background includes a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts from Claremont Graduate University, and Doctor of Minister Studies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Rev. Willoughby is a native Missourian and grew up in Monett, MO. He will be joined in Joplin by his wife Sarah, who is a licensed clinical social worker. They have a son, Christian, who is a student of engineering at Rolla, MO.