Staff of First Baptist Church of Waterloo
Rev. Joe Greemore comes to First Baptist Church from Topeka, KS. Joe is grateful for his FBC Waterloo family and grew up in the wider American Baptist community. He has served in the Central, Rocky Mountain, Mid-American, and Great Rivers Regions. He has traveled and worked abroad in the Dominican Republic, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. It is no wonder then that at this core of his being is a deep-seated appreciation for ecumenical and ethnic diversity. Joe has passions for sacred music and community and physical fitness.
Joe’s educational background includes music, education, religion, and philosophy at Ottawa University (B.A., KS), aviation mechanics (USAALS, VA), and divinity (M.Div., the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO). Joe is happily married to his extra-ordinary spouse and companion, Shelby; the Greemores have three children of whom they are especially proud. Future plans include an anniversary location to ‘someplace warm’ (Shelby’s words), more studies for Joe, and expanded missional roles in the Waterloo community.
Rev. Carol Nelson Teare is Director of the Sanctuary Choir and Associate Organist. She previously served as pastor from 2010-2019. Carol is also Associate Region Minister for Mid-American Baptist Churches. Carol says she is “grateful for the unique experience of being called home to serve the church where she was born and baptized.” She has also served Presbyterian and Methodist congregations.
Rev. Teare graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities with a Master of Divinity degree and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa. With special interest in spiritual care and chaplaincy, she has pursued additional training through Clinical Pastoral Education and Mindfulness for Stress Reduction at the University of Wisconsin.
Pastor Teare held the office of President of the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians and currently is the Chair of the Region’s Ordination Council. She was awarded the distinction of Dayton Scholar from United Seminary and is a member of the honors societies Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi. Her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy center in Washington D.C.
She is married and has two adult children, plus seven grandchildren.
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.
Don Huff, Lay Minister
Dr. Randall Harlow, Choir Accompanist/Organist
Steve Harty, Bob Jenkins, Gene Van Gorder
Terri Anderson, Co-Chair; Dianne Van Gorder, Co-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.
Bob Jenkins, 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
Kristin Stanford, 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.