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FBC Verdigris is a body of believers that cooperate with The Rogers Baptist Association, Oklahoma Baptist and The Southern Baptist Convention.


For more information about our beliefs please click

 The Baptist Faith and Message.

Meet The Team

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Rio Taylor
Lead Pastor

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Rio is originally from Inola, Oklahoma, and has been blessed to serve in the ministry since 2012.

He has a B.A in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a DMin in Expository Preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is passionate about preaching, discipleship, and equipping every member to fulfill their ministry.


Rio enjoys spending time with his wife Renay and his son Jonathan Blake, drinking coffee, playing volleyball, reading, weightlifting, and watching Star Wars, which he knows entirely too much about.

He is also a

die-hard fan of the Oklahoma Sooners, Dallas Cowboys, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Matt Lister
Interim Student Pastor

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Matt Lister has a heart for students and missions and loves to see students fulfill their calling to be fully devoted followers of Christ on mission for His glory.

He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2015 with a major in Religion and has been pursuing a Masters from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Currently, Matt serves at Rejoice Christian School in Owasso as a Bible teacher and baseball coach. He and his wife of 5 years have 3 lovely kids Larkin, Emberlynn, and Arlo.

His favorite things to do are fish, collect baseball cards, and, most importantly, spend time with his kiddos.

Matt is excited to step in and serve as interim student pastor to help students see how much Christ loves them and how they can make a difference in their community now!

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Houston Weidman
Interim Worship Minister

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Houston is from Inola, Ok. He is married to Cassie Weidman and they have have three children Samuel, Petra, and Ellis.


He has been serving at First Baptist Church Inola for 13 years. He has served in the youth worship team and on the paise team on Sunday mornings.


He has been playing guitar for 18 years and multiple other instruments.  He was called into music ministry when he was 15 years old and the Lord has been working in his life ever since then.

Houston is excited to come and serve the Lord and lead God’s people in Worship!


Sandra Sexton
Administrative Assistant

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Sandra was born in Blue Jay Hollow, Arkansas, and loves to visit family there. She and her late husband, Everett, moved to Verdigris in 1973 and joined First Baptist Church of Verdigris in 1978. Great schools and a great church made Verdigris an ideal place to raise their two daughters, Shari and Shawnna.


Sandra has served as a Children’s Sunday School Teacher, VBS Director, Nursery Volunteer and has been the Church Secretary for over 30 years. In addition to her secretarial duties, she is the Director of This Little Light Parents Day Out at First Baptist Church of Verdigris.


Sandra has also been a foster parent for the past seven years. Loving children and telling them about the love of Jesus is her top priority.

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