Hello, my name is Colton Watkins. I came to Emery in August of 2017. Moving to Emery, and being a part of what God is doing in this church is such a blessing. My goal while I’m here is to join the parent on their journey of leading students in a life that glorifies God. My prayer is that each student will encounter God every time they come to church here, as well as connect with other Christian teenagers.
            If you have any questions about the youth group, or if there is ever anything I can do for you give me a call at (479)381-0393 or you can email me at Coltonwatkins14@gmail.com .

     Pastor John Gilliland and his wife Tracy have been serving FBC Emery since July 2016.  They came to us from Hollywood Florida, just outside of Miami.
     John received his Master of Divinity in 2010 and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Knox Theological Seminary.
     Tracy is the K-12 voice teacher in the Bridgewater-Emery School district.
     Both John and Tracy have a passion for serving God wherever He leads them.  And fortunately, they both enjoy the snow.
     John’s passion is education and equipping.  He loves to teach the Bible and train others to do the same.  John is also available for the people of our community whenever there is a need.  Just reach out and he will do whatever he can to help.
     We are excited to see what God will do in and through our church as we study His word together and look for opportunities to join God in His mission in our community.

Senior Pastor, John and Tracy Gilliland


Larry Bahmuller, Maintenance

First Baptist Church, Emery, SD

Colton Watkins

Deb Heitzman, Secretary

Linda Glanzer, Housekeeping

Larry Bahmuller

​Associate Pastor, Colton Watkins

John Gilliland

(1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 28:19-20)