Staff of First Baptist Church of Waterloo
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 email@example.com and Rev. Teare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Steve Harty, Bob Jenkins, Gene Van Gorder
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.
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.
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.