Pastor: Rev. Lonny Mittag
Pastor Lonny and his wife Joyce are originally from southwest Missouri. They both attended high
school in Seneca, Missouri. He spent two years on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1965-67. They're
both graduates of Missouri Southern State College (now MSS University) in Joplin. Following graduation
in 1971, they married and moved to the Salem, Missouri area where they both taught school along with raising cattle.
Bro Lonny surrendered to the gospel ministry in 1978. He was ordained in 1979 while serving as
pastor of First Baptist Church in Bunker, Missouri. From 1983-93 he served as pastor of First Baptist
Church in Risco, Mo., and from 1993-2004 he served as pastor of Varner River Baptist Church in
Kennett, Mo. In 2004 he came to Friendship. Joyce taught school while they were at Bunker, and at Gideon, Missouri from 1984-2010. They have two sons and four granddaughters. For many years he was an avid long-distance runner. Nowadays, in his spare time, he enjoys time outdoors: biking, hiking, kayaking, and camping.