Chris Ruwaldt

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Chris and his wife Karol have pastored churches across Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma for twenty years.  They came to Alva  January 1, 2017.  They have four wonderful children: Todd, Kelli, Allison, and Kendra.

Youth Minister

Derrick Thomas

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Derrick Thomas began his tenure as Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church in March of 2006, directing the full-range of youth minitries and activities. As the youth minister he is the primary teacher for youth on Sunday and Wednesday evenings as well as planning youth events.

Derrick graduated from NWOSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Sports Science Education in May of 2008. He was married to Chesnei June 14, 2008. Their daughter Asa was born in May of 2013.

Minister of Music & Outreach

Shawn Caldwell

Shawn and his family have been in NW Oklahoma at FBC Alva since the summer of 2017. His hometown is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma but he has served fulltime in BGCO churches in Sallisaw, Tulsa, Pawhuska & Spiro. As well as in Prescot, AZ. He gave his life to Christ while at Centrifuge Camp in Glorrieta, NM. on June 23, 1983. While as a member of Arrow Heights Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, he surrendered his life to fulltime Christian service on July 23rd, 1988 while at Falls Creek. Shawn became Liscensed to Minister in 1993 and Ordained in the Gospel Ministry in 1999 by Immanuel Baptist Church, Sallisaw. Shawn attended Tulsa Community College and Northeastern State University majoring in Communications. He is the proud father to 5 amazing kids. Keegan (20), Ethan (19), Anna (18), Jordan (16) and Kenna J. (14).  Shawn has proudly embraced being a Goldbug by serving as the radio sideline voice of this years Alva HS football team and as the Public Address announcer at the home Basketball games for the Ladybugs and Goldbugs. He is also serves as team Chaplain for several of NWOSU's athletic teams and announces at the Ranger"s Basketball, Softball and Baseball games. His greatest pasiion is not sports but rather a committed Christ follower and love for the people of Alva and Northwest OK. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He is proud to represent FBC Alva and Oklahoma Baptists in this way. Most of all, He's excited to serve our Lord and through His church from a grateful heart of Worship. 


Ephesisans 5:19-20, "speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." 


Aleta Nolan

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