Welcome to First Odessa.

Reaching Odessa, the Permian Basin and the World
with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Worship Services at First Odessa are Sunday Mornings at 10:30AM. We have Bible Study Groups for all ages starting at 9:00AM on Sundays. Wednesday nights includes Bible Study with the pastor at 6:00PM with activities for the whole family going on simultaneously.


We are located in Downtown Odessa at 709 N. Lee. Call the church office at 432-337-1524 for more information.


First Baptist Church is a church made up of people just like you! You will not find a perfect church with perfect people but a body of hurting, broken, and searching people who have been set free by the blood of Jesus Christ and have been given the greatest mission of sharing in the gospel of Jesus Christ.


First Baptist Church started in 1896. During these 100 plus years, we have had twenty-six pastors help us minister to and care for the people in the city of Odessa. God has blessed us in every way, with pastors, staff and lay people serving the Lord and touching the lives of people.  We invite you to become a part of this great history of First Baptist Church.


709 N. Lee
Odessa, Texas 79761

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Meet Our Team


Don Norris

Pastor of Adult Ministries/Pastoral Care

Don Norris has been at First Baptist Church since June, 2005. He has served churches in Houston, Abilene, Midland and the Atlanta, Georgia area. He and his wife, Lawana, married on January 3, 1976. They have four children: Karri (married to Josh Beard), Mike (married to Kate Lay), Matt (married to Callie Smith), and Cortney. They have 10 grandchildren. Don completed his undergraduate degree at Houston Baptist University and his graduate degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Don was saved and baptized in January, 1973 at Park Place Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He was called into the ministry in 1981.


Jeff Wash

Pastor of Creative Media

Jeff Wash has been at FIRST ODESSA since January of 2001. He previously served in churches as Minister of Music in LaPorte, Waxahachie, Arlington and Odessa. His wife is named Laurie, she is a private voice instructor and also serves at FIRST ODESSA through KidzArt. They have 3 grown children: Garrison, a graduate of Belmont University and lives in Simi Valley, CA.; Laurlyn, a graduate of the University of Mobile, Alabama and lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband Noah; and Grantham, who is a college student taking a GAP year for mission work. Jeff grew up in Odessa and was a member of First Baptist Church being saved and baptized in November of 1981.



Shawn Smith

Pastor of Students, College/Career

Shawn has been serving as the Pastor of Students and College and Career since the summer of 2014. His role gives him the opportunity to oversee the discipleship and evangelism efforts for the church for students as young as 6th grade all the way up to adults in their 30’s. Shawn met his beautiful and Godly wife Laura Ashley after joining the staff at First Odessa, and they married in March of 2015. Shawn has been in full-time ministry since he was 17. He traveled with Living Proof and Primary Focus Ministries for four years which gave him the opportunity to travel the country speaking in public elementary schools and Bible believing churches. He served for five years as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Worship at East Side Baptist Church in Haskell TX. Shawn received his Bachelors and Masters of Divinity from Liberty University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Expository Preaching through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


James McCrary

Pastor of Missions and Evangelism

James McCrary, a native to Odessa, surrendered his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the summer of 2005. In January of 2006, he and his family joined FIRST ODESSA and their journey began. In October of 2009, James began serving as the Local Missions Project Director at Mission Odessa. In October of 2012, he joined the senior staff of First Baptist Church where he currently serves as the Pastor of Connections. James is currently working on a B.S. in Religion degree from Liberty University. He and his wife, Dawn, have been married since 1999 and together they have five children, Tori, Riley, Trystan, Andy and Peyton.


Clayton Bennett

Student Ministry Associate

Clayton Bennett joined the FIRST ODESSA team in February 2015, and this is his first church staff to serve on. Clayton completed his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University where he was also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He and his wife, Megan, have been married since January 1, 2011. Clayton was saved and baptized in 2001.


Laura Clontz

Minister of Childhood/Preschool

Laura joined the staff of First Odessa in March 2015. As a Religious Education graduate form Gardner-Webb University and a Masters of Divinity graduate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Laura has had the privilege of serving on Church staffs in Asheville and Boiling Springs, NC as well as Colleyville and Austin, TX. She is excited that God has called her to Odessa and is looking forward to partnering with parents to encourage and equip them to raise their children to know and serve the Lord.


Steve Crone

Pastor of Administration

Steve joined the staff at First Odessa in September 2016 after spending 25 years as the owner of an independent insurance agency. Steve and his wife Lisa were married in 1991, joined FBC in 2000 and have four children: Kacee, Cameron, Kallie, and Nancy (who was adopted from Sierra Leone). Steve graduated with a BBA in Management from Baylor University in 1990 and received a Master’s of Christian Ministry Degree from Liberty University in December 2016. Steve and Lisa have worked in many areas of Christian service including media, Awana, sports, youth, and most recently have been devoted to the College/ Career Ministries of First Odessa where Steve teaches Sunday School and hosts Lifegroups.

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