Bro. Gard has been married to his wife, Barbara for fifty-five years. They have one married daughter who lives in Overland Park, KS with her husband and one son. The Gard's have one son who is also a minister in Moberly, MO. His son and their daughter-in-law have four boys. Bro. Gard was called to preach at the age of sixteen. He graduated from Nixa High School, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. His pastorates include churches in Malone, TX; Lebanon, MO; El Dorado Springs, MO; Houston, MO; and Willard, MO. After retiring, he has been the Interim pastor of several churches in the Springfield area. He and Mrs. Gard reside in Springfield, MO.

Minister of Music

Darin Miller

Darin works for the Veterans Medical Clinic in Springfield, MO. He has two children, with one still living at home. His hobbies include hunting and fishing. In August 2017, he became the Music Director. He leads the Praise team and the congregation singing. 


Barbara (Barbie) Truman

Barbie does a variety of jobs in the church. She maintains the membership records of those who have joined the church and how they have joined such as by letter, baptism or statement. Each year, Barbie  reports to the Lawrence County Baptist Association about membership and others information related to the church.

She also serves as our church secretary.