bill prater | lead pastor

Bill Prater was saved as a “bus kid” at Fellowship Baptist Church in Liberal, Kansas in 1976.  He later attended Bible college where he met his wife Katie.   The Praters were married and joined the full-time ministry staff of Fellowship Baptist Church in 1981.  Bro. Prater served the church in various capacities including Minister of Music, Youth Pastor, and Associate Pastor before assuming the Pastorate in May of 2000.  


In addition to his ministry to Fellowship Baptist Church, Bro. Prater also serves the community of Liberal as a board member and facilitator for the Leadership Enrichment and Development group, and as a chaplain and commissioned police officer for the Liberal Police Department.


Bro. Prater and his wife Katie have two married sons, T. J. and Tyler, one daughter, Tiffany, and five grandchildren, Malorie, Kevin, Ellie, Huck, and Callie.

tyler PRATER | associate PASTOR

Tyler was raised in Liberal and was saved as a young boy at Fellowship.  Though he struggled with surrendering to go in to ministry at first, Tyler answered the call to preach at age 17 and pursued further training at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City.


After graduating college in 2006 and marrying his wife, Jenilee, Tyler came on staff at Fellowship as a youth pastor, a role he served in for 10 years.  Tyler then transitioned into a new role as the Associate Pastor, in which he oversees the music ministry, young couples class, and other various ministries in the church.  Tyler loves spending time with his wife and son, Kevin, as well as serving in a variety of organizations in the community.

sid PRATER | college ministries

Sid grew up in Liberal and has attended Fellowship since he was a small child.  Sid accepted Christ as a 6-year-old at a Sunday night service.  Feeling God's call into ministry, Sid attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City and graduated with his bachelor's degree in 2008.  While in college, Sid met his wife, Miranda, and they were married shortly after graduating from college.


After finishing college, Sid felt like God wanted him to come back to FBC.  Sid has been on staff since 2009 and fulfills many roles, including the oversight of our college ministries.  When Sid is out of the office, he enjoys taking part of CMC ministry at Seward County Community College and spending time with his wife and two sons, Parker and Landon. 

mike collins | ministry intern

Mike grew up in a Christian home in Tucson, AZ and accepted Christ the summer before he entered 7th grade.  After graduating high school, Mike moved to Oklahoma City to receive training for the ministry at Heartland Baptist Bible College, where he graduated in 2015.  While attending college, he married his wife, Shelby, and helped start a church in Shawnee, OK. 


In 2016, Mike and Shelby joined the staff of FBC as ministry interns.  While at Fellowship, Mike and Shelby will receive further ministry training in preparation for starting a church in another part of the country.  Mike has a passion for photography, videography, and graphic design, and loves spending time with his wife and their daughter, Natalie.

doug knudsen | school administrator

Bro. K grew up in Harlan, Iowa, and moved to Liberal the year after he graduated high school.  After several years of attending Fellowship Baptist Church, Bro. K accepted Christ as his Savior during an evening service.  He met his wife, Crystal, here at Fellowship, and they were married in 1985.  


In 1987, he and his wife joined the staff of Fellowship Baptist Church to oversee the operations of Fellowship Baptist School.  They have been in education for over 30 years and have impacted hundreds of students over those years.