Brother Aaron Matthews began serving as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in December 2016. Prior to that he pastored Southside Baptist Church in Alma since 2010. God saved him at the age of 14 at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greenwood, Arkansas, and called him into the Gospel Ministry in July 2004. He has served as a camp speaker, interim pastor, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, Disciple Now speaker, revivalist, evangelist, and missionary in addition to serving as a Youth Pastor in Van Buren and Alma for several years. He serves on the Executive Board for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Beyond the Game Ministries, the Craig Strickland Foundation, and is actively involved in local and state levels of ministry work and missions. An honors graduate from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith with a Business Administration degree, Aaron worked on his Master’s of Theology degree at the Missionary Baptist Theological Seminary in Little Rock. He is also a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors. His passion is developing relationships, discipleship, and leading people into a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord. He loves to preach and teach God’s Word and is an avid reader and outdoorsman.

Aaron married the love of his life, Jennifer, in 2014. Jennifer is a fourth-grade teacher at Northside Elementary in Rogers. They have two dogs, Oscar and Nunu, who occupied and entertained the majority of their time until their son, Sperry, was born in May 2016. The Matthews love to travel, go on missions, root on the Razorbacks and Texas Rangers, and spend time with a large family spread across the country. They count it the highest honor attainable, and are deeply humbled, to serve the Lord and shepherd His people and help lead others to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.