A church on a mission

At Brister Baptist Church we are committed to reaching the world with the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. Pursuing this goal involves all generations of our church family in various local and global mission projects. We also believe that this Good News involves even more than getting to Heaven! It teaches us how to make the most of our journey while getting there. From the Awana program through the adult Bible study groups, all ages learn the beauty of God’s promise, “With joy you shall draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). 

We are affiliated with the Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMAA).

Our Pastors

  • Dr. Eric Goble


    Bro. Eric has been pastor of Brister Baptist Church for more than 40 years. A life-long resident of Columbia County, he and his wife Sharon have been married since 1979 and have two grown sons, Nathan and Jonathan, and one grandson.

    Bro. Eric is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University, the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on various committees of the BMA at the state and local level.

    Bro. Eric can be reached by phone at (870) 547-2411.

  • Dr. Jeremy Langley

    associate pastor

    Jeremy became associate pastor at Brister in October 2011. He is a life-long resident of south Arkansas and earned a bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University. He earned master's degrees from Southern Arkansas University and the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty University.

    Jeremy and his wife Mary have a son, Truitt. 

    You can reach Jeremy by email at jeremyalangley@gmail.com.  

  • Garrett Southerland

    Youth Pastor

    Garrett became youth pastor at Brister in April 2021. When he's not working with the youth at the church, he's pouring into them at his full time job as a coach and teacher at Emerson High School. 

    Garrett attended Williams Baptist College for two years on a basketball scholarship before earning a degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He later received a master's degree from Southern Arkansas University. 

    Garrett was ordained to the ministry in 2014. He is married to Courtney, and they have two children, Colton and Aubree.