Garry McNeill

Lead Pastor

Garry came to First Baptist Church as the senior pastor in July of 2019 after serving as the pastor at FBC Cherokee for the previous four years. Prior to becoming a pastor, Garry was a youth minister for 18 years. Garry graduated from Garber High School in 1995. He then graduated college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK with a degree in mass communications in 1999. While attending Northwestern, he became the part-time youth minister at FBC Cherokee in 1997. He continued in that capacity until 1999 when the church voted to bring him on as the full-time youth minister. Garry served in that role until 2005, when he and his wife, Heather, felt the call to serve as the youth minister at First Baptist Church in Durant, OK. Garry and Heather were married in December of 2002 after meeting at Northwestern and serving together in various leadership positions at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry in Alva. They served in Durant for almost 10 years and it was in that time that they had all four of their children – Haley (2006); Reeselyn (2008); Brynlee (2010); and Garrison (2011). It was also during those years in Durant that God began to give Garry a strong desire to serve as the pastor of a local church. A few years later that passion and calling received a specific assignment as God called him back to FBC Cherokee as pastor in 2015 and ultimately back to FBC Durant as pastor in July of 2019.

Garry was saved as a child in Enid, OK and then later connected to the First Baptist Church in Garbe, OK as a high school student. He became active at FBC Alva as a college student and that is where God begin to give him a desire to serve in ministry leadership. After serving in Cherokee as the full-time youth minister for a few years, Garry began seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated from there in 2007. He has a strong desire to walk beside people through the struggles of life and encourage them along the way. He looks forward to the preparation and preaching of God’s Word each week. He also enjoys playing and watching sports, leading worship, and spending time with his family.