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Staff, Officers & Teams

Staff of First Baptist Church of Waterloo

Co-Interim Ministers

Pastors Leonard Harmon and Carol Teare look forward to their new beginnings as Co-Interim Ministers with you on July 1, 2020. Both are returning to serve because of their love for First Baptist and its people. Dr. Harmon and Rev. Teare previously served in pastoral roles and worked together on staff from 1987 through 1998. Their priorities for ministry were established with the Personnel Committee and include worship planning, pastoral care, communication with the congregation, and strengthening relationships. Contact Dr. Harmon at and Rev. Teare at

Rev. Carol Teare

Susan Price, Christian Education Director/Office Manager 
Susan Price has been the Office Manager and Christian Education Director at FBC since 2010. She also directs the children’s choir and bells. Prior to 2010, she was the Director of Music for 10 years at First Baptist. She is active in the community with the recent arrival of Chin and Karen refugees from Burma and traveled to Thailand and Malaysia to discover the journey the refugees have taken from their home country to our community. Susan and her husband have been members of FBC for over 27 years and are parents of two adult children and one grandchild.


Abi Agan, Youth Coordinator

Don Huff, Lay Minister

Dr. Randall Harlow, Choir Accompanist/Organist

2020-2021 Officers

Church Moderator
David Palmer

Finance Committee
Steve Harty, Bob Jenkins, Gene Van Gorder

Church Clerk
Marshal Iehl

Church Historian
Steve Harty

Ministry Teams

Diaconate Team

Dianne Van Gorder, Chair – The Diaconate Team, made up of up to a dozen individuals, oversees all aspects of what happens in the sanctuary, from filling the pulpit and filling communion glasses to filling the services with worship leaders, greeters, ushers, and a variety of music designed to find a means of expression for each person. The team is also responsible for evangelical functions with membership and benevolent response to local emergencies. They are also involved in providing a variety of ways for people to find social connections, friends and a place to belong.

Trustees Team

Dwayne Price, Chair – The Trustees take care of purchases and labor involving the maintenance, renovation, and repair of the church building. They also oversee the various community organizations who meet and rent space in our facility.

Christian Education Ministry Team

Anne Lange, Chair – The Christian Education Team works with the Christian Education Director, Susan Price, to have oversight of the learning and transformational growth of our members and visitors from infancy to the golden years. Its reach includes Sunday morning classes and other opportunities during the week for youth, adult men and women, as well as other small groups, our summer Friends in Fun & Fellowship program and the resources in our library.

Missions Team

Clare Palmer, Chair – The Missions Team oversees our support of international missionaries assigned to us by the American Baptist International Ministries and the missionaries we support in the United States assigned by The American Baptist Churches USA and Mid-American Baptist Churches, which includes our regional area of Iowa and Minnesota. This team also oversees missions trips in which our members are involved and all local outreach events and activities that support our commitment to be a missional church inside and outside the walls of our church building, in our community and beyond.

Church Information & Hours

Phone: 319-234-1537
Office Hours: M-Th, 9am to 1pm

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First Baptist Church Events

Worship With Us in May!

Join us in-person or online for our weekly worship services. Go to YouTube channel FBC Waterloo Iowa or Facebook. We are also on Waterloo Mediacom Channel 17 or 79-4, Wed. @ 6PM and Thurs. @ 9AM.

Sunday, May 2, 10:15 a.m. Message by Rev. Leonard Harmon with Holy Communion celebrated

Sunday, May 9, 10:15 a.m. Message by Rev. Carol Teare with baptisms of two young men.

Sunday, May 16, 10:15 a.m. Message by Rev. Gary Martin, Associate Region Minister, Mid-ABC

Sunday, May 23, 10:15 a.m. Message by Rev. Jackie Saxon, Executive Region Minister, Mid-ABC

Sunday, May 30, 10:15 a.m. Message by Matt Siebert, Dayton Oaks Camp Manager

If you are a friend of FBC and would like to support our online worship services, please mail your donation to First Baptist Church, 434 Baltimore Street, Waterloo, IA 50701.

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