About Us

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Our Staff

Dr. Jay

Interim Pastor

Jay Scribner, along with his wife Kay, are natives of Illinois, but they have made their home in Branson, Missouri since 1977. Jay is the former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Branson where he served for 28 years. Jay has an Associate’s degree from Hannibal Lagrange College in Hannibal, Missouri, a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, a Master’s degree from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He also has an Honorary Doctorate from Hannibal Lagrange University. 


Associate Pastor


Scott joined the staff of Memorial Baptist in April of 2014. He is a native of Poplar Bluff, MO and has served as Music Minister, Youth Minister and Pastor in the area since 2002 and has been a pastor since God called him in 2005.

Scott is passionate about worshipping God and serving people. Scott and his wife Cathy have been married since 1992 and have three children and four grand-children.

Jerry Rich

Sunday School Director/
Chairman of Deacons




Children’s Ministry



Nursery Director



Safety Team Leader



Women’s Ministry Union


What We Believe

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

References: Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

References: Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

References: 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

References: 2 Timothy 3:16;  2 Peter 1:20,21;  2 Timothy 1:13;  Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6;  Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.   This attitude separates people from God and About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

References: Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

References: Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5

About Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

References:   Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

References:   John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

Our History


Memorial Baptist Church began as a mission of Second Baptist Church October 6, 1957, with the attendance of nine people and an offering of $9.50 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fredwell. and Rev. James Epps. On December 1, 1957 the mission moved to the Baker Story building with an attendance of 30. On January 5, 1958, the mission group moved again to its first building (pictured on left) with 41 present. By January 18, 1959 there were 75 present, and by 1960 the attendance had grown to 87 with an offering of $176.58.


May 1959, the Second Baptist Church requested and was granted a loan from the Missouri Baptist Building Fund to purchase the property to erect the educational building, having an inter-auditorium on the first floor, on Easter Sunday, April 1961. Second Baptist mission was constituted as Memorial Baptist Church on Sunday, June 14, 1964, with 142 charter members


The addition of the new Sanctuary was erected and dedicated in 1966. ​The church reported 220 resident members in their 1966 Associational Letter. Memorial Baptist Church continued to grow with the faithfulness of its membership