Lead Pastor Mark Brown came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior in July, 1983, while playing baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. After leaving professional baseball, he settled at First Bible Baptist Church in Rochester, NY, where he was trained in the gospel ministry as a leader in Discipleship, Sports and Youth ministries. In 1998, God called Mark and his family to First Bible Baptist Church in Blue Springs, where he ministered as Youth Pastor for 11 years. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor and Director of ADP Sports.
Born in Vermont, Mark played high school baseball in Connecticut and college baseball at UMass. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1980 Amateur Draft by the Orioles. Of his brief time in the majors, the Vermont native says, “I only got a couple cups of coffee. But they were good cups.” Mark was in professional baseball as a player and a pitching coach from 1980–1989. He had the honor of pitching in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles (1984) and Minnesota Twins (1985).
Moved by God, Mark and Sheryl headed to Blue Springs to join First Bible Baptist Church. His passion for using sports as a way to fulfill Acts 1:8 helped him implement ADP Sports and build the ADP SportsPark. Over the years hundreds, if not thousands, of children and adults have spent time in one of the many leagues offered. Through his baseball experience and sports knowledge, Mark has been able to build relationships and help position the ADP SportsPark as an integral part of the community of Blue Springs.
Mark met Sheryl Swartz while playing for the Rochester Red Wings and the two were married in 1985. They have three beautiful daughters: Victoria, Kathleen and Kristine.
Read an interesting blog post about Mark at Roar From 34 (A Baltimore Orioles blog).
Bobby Bonner has recently accepted the position of Associate Pastor at First Bible and will serve the people of Eastern Jackson County along with his good friend “Brownie.” He is excited about this new opportunity to serve and will be a welcomed addition to the staff at First Bible.
Bobby attended Texas A & M University on a baseball scholarship and has earned Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees. He has been elected to Texas A & M Hall of Fame and the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame. Bobby was an All-American shortstop and drafted (3rd round) by the Baltimore Orioles in 1978. It was during that year that Bobby was born again. He played professional baseball for seven years (parts of fours years at Major League level).
He married his high school sweetheart, Rebekah (Becky) Sue Petty, in 1974. Together they have four daughters: Angela, Krissy, Stacy, and Amanda. All of them are married and have provided the Bonners with nine grandchildren: Brianne, Justin, Scottie, Alayna, Gage, Levi, Jude, Allie Rain, and Kacie Piper.
Bobby is the co-founder of IAM Ministries. The Bonners have been missionaries since 1988 to the country of Zambia, Africa. They have been instrumental in helping start over 100 churches in Zambia. Bobby also started the North Star Bible Institute of Zambia and a Pastor Training Course (PTC) that trains nationals to reach their people with the gospel. Over 150 men have been trained for the gospel ministry.
Please help us welcome the Bonners back to Blue Springs and pray that God will use them in a mighty way in this work!
Learn more about Bobby and his story in “From the Diamond to the Bush.”
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Randy Adams was raised in a Christian home yet realized at a summer camp in 1974 that he needed to ask Jesus Christ to be his own Lord and Savior. Randy graduated from Shepherd School of Ministry at Kansas City Baptist Temple in 1988. He has ministered in the areas of Jr. High, Discipleship, and Sports. It was Randy’s first mission trip in 1986 to Colombia, South America, where God touched his heart for world missions. It is the desire of FBBC, and a passion that Randy has, to see people all over the world to come to know Christ as Lord and Savior.
Randy and Linda married in 1988, and have two children, Andrew & Katy.