Greg Savage - Senior Pastor
Greg came to First Southern Baptist in October 2014. He has ministered in churches in Kanas for 25 years. He was in Dodge City for eleven years before coming to Salina. He is a Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate in Kansas City, MO. He did his undergraduate work at The University of Northern Colorado.
Greg married Heidi in October 1990. They have enjoyed married life and feel incredibly blessed by God. Greg and Heidi have three grown children and three wonderful grandchildren. Their oldest son, Brennan, lives in Topeka with his wife, Kaitlyn, and their two daughters, Kennady and Blair. Austin, their middle son, lives in Denton, Texas, with his wife, Kellyn. Hannah, their daughter, lives in Davenport, Iowa, with her husband, Regent, and their son, Silas. All three of their children are graduates of Kansas State University. As you can imagine, Greg and Heidi’s allegiance is firmly planted at KSU.
Greg is an avid reader and enjoys collecting books and reading them. It’s difficult for him to pass up any thrift store. He enjoys watching Hallmark movies and is known to watch a Christmas movie or two during the hot summer months. He enjoys golf but considers himself a horrible golfer. Greg also is a lifelong learner. In February of 2022, he began to study for his Doctor of Ministry degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He plans on completing his degree in December of 2024.
Greg and Heidi are enjoying the empty nest years. They do miss their children; you can often find them traveling to spend time with the kids and grandchildren. They have no greater joy than seeing the entire family together. They love to go to the Colorado Mountains, long walks together, golf a quick nine holes, and protect their time in front of the chiminea.
Greg dramatically desires to see the Gospel penetrate every home in Salina. He loves preaching and teaching God’s inerrant Word. You can find him most mornings teaching a devotion on Facebook. He knows the only hope we have can be found in Jesus Christ. He continually encourages the church to focus outwardly, looking for the gospel to invade hearts.
If you have questions, please get in touch with Greg. He would love to take you to coffee or lunch. You can follow Greg at:
Tyler Ball - Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth
Tyler has been at First Southern Baptist since September 2020. Beginning ministry in 2011, he has served in multiple pastoral capacities and is grateful to be within his passion as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth. Before Salina, Tyler pastored at First Southern Baptist Church in Dodge City, KS for over eight years. He married his wife, Nicole in June 2010; they have two sons, Samuel and Scout.
Tyler completed his undergraduate work at Sterling College and holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. His love for learning has continued to grow, and he is also pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership from MBTS. He is currently on track to graduate in 2024.
His favorite things to do include spending time with his family, playing sports, cheering on the Denver Broncos, talking Theology, writing songs, and researching the latest and greatest dad jokes.
Jed Phillips- Associate Pastor of Children and Discipleship
Jed began his first full-time ministry position with First Southern Baptist Church in May 2022. Previously he worked with Nex-Tech Wireless for 7 years, 4 of them as a Store Manager. Jed met his wonderful wife Rebekah while in summer ministry at Amazing Grace Baptist Camp in 2011. They were wed on June 29th, 2013. They now have 5 gorgeous children: Keegan, Kyleigh, Kaydence, Konner, and Kolston. Jed is attending Trinity Seminary and working on his B.A. in Apologetics Ministry. He is ready to graduate in the Spring of 2024 and will continue his education.
Jed likes to go on adventures with his family, play video games with his children, watch Jayhawks and Chiefs games, eat Wing Stop, read, and spend quality time with his wife. Jed is fascinated by apologetics and human history. He wants to write a book about the human Afterlife after he graduates.