Pastoral Staff

Dr. Doug Munton - Senior Pastor

Dr. Doug Munton has been the senior pastor of First Baptist Church O'Fallon since 1995. He has seen the church grow from 550 worshippers to more than 1,700 worshippers each week. Dr. Munton is a graduate of Wheaton College and received his Masters and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He recently published his fourth book: 30 Days to Acts, a devotional commentary on the book of Acts. His first three books are Immersed: 40 Days to a Deeper Faith,  Warriors in Hiding and Seven Steps to Becoming a Healthy Christian Leader. He and his wife, Vickie, have four children and seven grandchildren. Pastor Doug enjoys sports, the outdoors and ice cream- not necessarily in that order.

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Skip Leininger- Associate Pastor/Minister of Pastoral Care

Skip is a Metro-East native, graduate of O'Fallon Township High School,  Southwest Illinois College and Illinois State University. He graduated from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a Master of Arts in Religious Education.After seminary, he joined the FBC O'Fallon staff as Minister to Students in 1983. In 1992 he left O'Fallon to pastor the Mehlville Baptist Church in Saint Louis for 13 years. In 2005 he rejoined the staff at FBC O'Fallon as the Associate Pastor. He and his  wife, Joni, have been married for 30 years and are proud of their fantastic children, Abigail (Nathaniel), Joshua (Melissa) and Sarah Beth (Alex) and grandchildren, Zailey, Jase, Eden, AdaGrace, Amelia and Rhett.

Mike Cariker - Family Life Pastor

Mike has been on staff at FBCO since 2003, first as the student minister and since 2010 as Associate Pastor. Born and raised in Texas, the son of a pastor and a graduate of Texas A&M University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary,  Mike and his wife Christina have five children (one son, four daughters and not enough bathrooms). Mike’s responsibilities include Children's ministry, Upward Sports, and IT services.


Tom Dawson - Adult Ministries Pastor

Tom Dawson has been the Minister of Adult Education at First Baptist since January 2005. He is responsible for leading all adult ministries and is passionate about the critical role discipleship plays in the local church.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. In addition, he holds a Master of Divinity from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialization in Spiritual Formation through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition to his ministry at First Baptist he also served as a Reserve Chaplain in the United States Air Force and was last assigned to the 375th Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base, IL. Tom retired from the Air Force Reserve in April 2014 after 23 years of service.

He enjoys camping, cycling and the outdoors. Tom and his wife, Marilyn, have two children, Katie (Josh) who is 28 and Jonathan, 24. Tom and Marilyn, along with their Golden Doodle, Cali currently reside in O’Fallon, IL.

Mark Jones - Worship Pastor

Mark joined the staff at FBCO in February of 2014. With over 23 years of Worship Ministry experience, he comes to O'Fallon after serving nearly 12 years at First Baptist Maryville. After traveling through every state (except Alaska) and 9 foreign countries during his professional trumpet days, he answered the call to full time pastoral ministry in Worship and Music. Earning a Masters of Divinity degree, he's passionate about leading people in worship based on God's Word. Mark believes in multi-generational, God-empowered, musically excellent, and transformational worship to change, convict, and challenge people toward a Christlike lifestyle. Mark, and his wife Jayna, have two children, Colton and Kaylea, who are also called to serve in ministry. 

Dr. John Howard - Student Pastor/Executive Pastor

John surrendered his life to Jesus Christ when he was 12 years old.  At age 15, he felt God's call to vocational ministry, eventually being led specifically to student ministry.  John married his high school sweetheart, Sarah, on May 29, 2004.  On June 17, 2010, God blessed John and Sarah with their first child, a baby girl, Madilyn Faye, and on January 4th, 2016 with a baby boy, Mason Lee. John was called to be our Pastor to students in October 2010.  Prior to his call to FBCO, John served through student ministry at his home church in Benton IL, and First Baptist Church of Blytheville, AR.  John earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Mid-Continent University in Mayfield Kentucky, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.  John is a die-hard University of Illinois, St. Louis Cardinals, and unattached NFL fan.  He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, working out, watching sports, and going out to eat.

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Danny Walls - Student Pastor

Danny is Minister to Students here at FBC O'Fallon. He has been on staff at FBCO since the Fall of 2002. The youngest of 4, Danny grew up in Orlando, FL in a rock solid Christian home with a loving Christian family. He was saved and baptized at the age of 10 in the church where he was born and raised. After getting married, he joined the Air Force and moved up to Illinois. After his four years in the Air Force, he worked as a network analyst for AT&T. While working for AT&T, Danny knew that God was calling him full-time into the ministry. And that is Danny's life in a nutshell. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Christy, for 18 years and they have two incredible teenage kids, Hannah and Jonah. Danny is a graduate of McKendree University with a major in Religion with a Christian emphasis and a minor in history. He is currently working on his Masters of Divinity at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

Obie Dalrymple - Pastor of Single Adults & Men

Obie joins the FBCO staff with a background in small group teaching, youth ministry, and government work. After serving four years in the Air Force at Scott AFB, Obie continued to work for the Air Force as a civilian contractor while attending Liberty Baptist theological seminary online.  During that time, he also had the pleasure of teaching a LIFE Group at FBCO. Upon graduating with a Masters of Religious Education, Obie surrendered to the call of ministry and in 2013 he was ordained here, at FBCO.  

From there, Obie left the government contracting world and he and his wife moved to Calvert City, Kentucky where Obie served as the Youth and Families Pastor. Obie now serves as the pastor to singles here at FBCO. Obie is pursuing his Doctor of Religious Education through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the author of the Christian fiction book, The Messengers and the Forgotten Choice. He also occasionally posts Bible lessons to his blog,

Obie and his wife Danielle have three kids: Piper (6), who loves art, Elijah (5), who loves figuring things out…and mischief, and Ezra (2), who tries to be the boss of the house.