If you're new to our church, we invite you to take a moment to visit with our staff at the Welcome Center following services.


Gary Dedmon

Senior Pastor

I was born in St. Charles, Missouri, then moved to the family farm just north of Mansfield, where I spent most of my childhood before moving to the Hartville area in my sophomore year of high school.  I graduated from Hartville High School in 1985 and married my high school sweetheart, Twila Coday, on June 29, 1990.


We have made our home in the Hartville community and have three sons.  Our oldest son Garith, his wife Kallie, along with their daughter Kohen live in Mansfield.  Our middle son Justin and his wife McKenzie live in Clinton, Missouri.  Our youngest son Grant is currently attending College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, near Branson.


My family and I have served as pastor here at Diggins Baptist Church since December 6, 2006.  It has been such a great blessing to be a part of this wonderful church family, where we have seen God move in so many ways through the years.


My wife and I also own and operate a Real Estate Appraisal business in Hartville.  This business has been the perfect fit for our family, allowing us the freedom to minister to our church body and communities.  God has been so faithful to our family and has allowed all of us to have a personal relationship with Him, which is the greatest treasure any of us could ever have!


Ronnie Whiteford

Youth Pastor

I was born and raised near Diggins, Missouri.  I attended church at Diggins Baptist Church as a child and attended school at Fordland from kindergarten through graduation in 1993.  I met my wife, Becky Dobbins, while I was in the second grade at Fordland Elementary, and we were high school sweethearts.  We married on August 6, 1993.


We have raised our two daughters in the same community in which we grew up.  Our first born is Abby.  She is married to Bryson Grabher and lives in Seymour, with their daughter Elsie.  Our youngest daughter, Emily, is currently in her senior year at Fordland High School and has intentions of going into the medical field. 


I have served along side of my family as the Youth Pastor at Diggins Baptist Church since the fall of 2014.  We feel blessed to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of our younger generation.  We have a great group of kids who love the Lord and continue to grow spiritually. 


I also manage a petroleum equipment and service company located in Diggins, where I have been employed since 1999.  Becky is an enrollment specialist at Fordland Medical Center, which allows both of us to work within the communities where God has placed our ministry.  We desire that you and your family join us to grow in the Lord and impact the lives of others.








We are a small family of believers, dedicated to creating an atmosphere where you can develop and grow a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We believe that God has created you with a special purpose for your life and want to help you use these talents to serve the Lord.


3700 Normandy Road
Seymour, MO 65746




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