Josh Swinea

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Bro. Josh graduated from Batesville High School in 2001 where he was very involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He went on to attend and graduate from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.  In 2011 he married Carrie and in 2013 they had their first child Emory.  He has been serving at Desha FBC since 2005.  Bro. Josh is currently pursuing a Master in Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. 


From Bro. Josh:

"I was saved when I was seven years old.  I remember one Wednesday night, our teacher taught a lesson that really got my attention.  I went home that night and couldn't sleep.  I knew that I was a sinner and that I need Jesus to save me.  That night I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to save me. 

I can look back and see how far I fell short now, but at the time I pretty much thought I was a good kid.  God used a friend of mine, named Jon David Parker, to open my eyes to what it meant to live for Christ.  After a Jr. High football game while giving me a ride to my car, Jon David called me out and challenged me to become a leader for Christ in the High School.  God used this moment to get my attention and eventually call me to ministry."

Youth Pastor

Kevin Taylor

    Whenever I was 16 years old God told me what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life. Preach and teach the bible, one day get married and have kids, build a legacy that honors God. This is a calling that God placed on my life at 16, and I have tried to pursue that calling ever since that day.   That's the big picture of the calling that God has placed on my life. Now, let me tell you the basics of who I am, and the story that God is writing for my life.


Whenever I was 8 years old God saved me. I don't remember all of the details, I just know that I knew I was a sinner, in need of a savior. I knew that God sent his only son, Jesus to die for me. And so, at 8 years old I gave my life to Christ. That has been the best decision that I have ever made in my life.


 At 8 years old, I never imagined that 8 years later God would place another calling on my life. That is the calling that I mentioned earlier, the call to ministry. It is a calling that at first I was hesitant to embrace. Much like Many other people that God calls on to do his work, I asked the question why me? And over many, many months God confirmed that I was supposed to go into the ministry. This is a calling that I take very seriously, and I am thankful that God would choose me for such a high calling.


My vision for student ministry is first and foremost, to see students come to know Jesus as their savior. That is what my ministry will always be about. I believe that if we, as a church, do not reach the next generation, then the future of the church is very dark. My vision is to build a student ministry where students are passionate about Jesus. I want the students to be excited about coming to church on Wednesday nights. I want the student ministry to be energetic, passionate, and faithful. I want to build up a student ministry that long after I have gone, the ministry is still thriving and changing student's lives.

Music Director

Elvis Garrett

"Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing." -            Psalm 100:2

Our purpose is to express our love and adoration for the Lord, allowing more people to serve, and preparing hearts for worship by singing and playing instruments.  Our choir extends an open invitation, without auditions, and provides opportunity for others to praise through choir membership, instrumental music and all aspects of music.  Our ultimate goal is to bring salvation to lost souls, and to provide an opportunity for Christians to be a servant of the Lord through the music program.