Bartlesville First Baptist Church’s upcoming “Third Monday” program on Monday will feature well-known evangelist, author and speaker Bill Spencer, according to Wade Daniel, minister of music.


Preceding Spencer’s Third Monday program at BFBC, a $5 luncheon of Mexican cuisine will be served at 11:45 a.m. Lunch includes the entrée, salad and dessert, iced tea or water. Luncheon reservations are necessary and can be made by contacting Darah Crouch in the Music Department at 918-336-6172. Spencer’s spiritual enrichment program takes place at 12:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and is open to everyone in the community, not just BFBC members.


Now retired, Spencer’s ministry objective continues, calling him to lead revivals, Bible studies and to serve churches seeking a proven and seasoned spiritual leader.


His life story is an interesting one that began after being honorably discharged from military service when he was called to preach the gospel and ordained in 1960. Since then, his life has taken an intriguing series of twists and turns, including 20 years on the pulpit before he retired — the first time.


It was then that he began focusing on his hobby of carving. Recognition as a sculptor came when he won first-place in competition at the Tulsa Wood Carving Show. After that he pursued his craft more seriously, creating complex fine art pieces, many of them commissioned and selling for thousands of dollars to corporate executives, congressmen, and even to actress Katherine Ross for her husband, well-known actor Sam Elliott.


“I’ve probably done several hundred pieces,” Spencer estimates. Many were sold through fine art galleries across the nation. One of his most commonly seen pieces is the large horse used to identify his son Mark Spencer’s popular downtown Bartlesville restaurant, The Painted Horse.


It was a serious car accident plus some serious health issues involving his son and his daughter, heartbreaking trials, that drew him to the conclusion his efforts to serve God meant he needed to return to the pulpit.


It’s been during the past four years that, as he preached, he also authored four biblical novels: “The Thrilling Adventures of King David,” “Onesimus, the Forgiven Fugitive,” “Crowned in Crisis, The Miraculous Ministry of Jesus” and “Ruth, A Portrait of Grace.” All of them are featured at Amazon.com or in area bookstores.


Holding a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, he has served as pastor of several churches in Oklahoma. The last before entering full time evangelism was Arrow Heights Baptist Church Broken Arrow, where the church doubled in size within two years.


He also served as interim pastor at First Baptist Church Barnsdall and as pastor of the Bluestem Baptist Church in Dewey. During his three-plus years on the pulpit in Dewey, some 223 parishioners were welcomed and a new building was dedicated in 2011. For the past 19 months, he has served as pastor at Wann Baptist Church.


Along with Adrian Rogers, he was honored to be one of the speakers at the 1973 Southern Baptist Convention in Portland, Ore. He was also the preacher at the 1975 Oklahoma State Evangelistic Conference at First Southern Del City. While serving as an evangelist, he has preached in hundreds of revival crusades across America, and traveled throughout 25 foreign countries including biblical lands.


Each Third Monday Big Event program is diverse, and they range from speakers to musical groups. A complete listing is provided on the church website at mybfbc.org.


Examples of others still to come include classical baritone Dr. Jonathan Stewart from Oklahoma Wesleyan University singing Frank Sinatra renditions; State Legislator Travis Dunlap, who enthralls the audience with music on the marimba; and a musical program with Wade Daniel on the piano. Inspiring speakers on the Third Monday schedule include KWON Radio personality, Charlie Taraboletti; Chief of Police, Tom Holland; and popular Wednesday Ladies Bible Class instructor, Francine Perry.