Church Staff

Rev. Ray Pepple

Rev. Ray Pepple

Pastor

Brother Ray has over 35 years of ministry experience. Over the years he has been involved in preaching, teaching, counseling, and administrative capacities. The Lord has placed a burden on his heart to work with smaller Baptist Churches. He has a heart for the Lord and desires to be used by Him.

Over time Brother Ray has earned graduate and postgraduate degrees in Business Administration, Counseling, and Theology. He attended Waubonsee Community College, Southeastern Bible College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Andersonville Baptist Seminary.

Brother Ray and his wife, Paula, have four grown children and nine grandchildren. As a team, they minister to the members and friends of this church.

Robert "Bob" Williams

Robert "Bob" Williams

Worship Co-Leader

Bob graduated from Sauk Village Baptist Bible College in 1985. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. Bob holds the position of Worship Co-Leader. He also teaches the adult Sunday School class and helps with the ministry for children and youth.

Christopher "Chris" Glick

Christopher "Chris" Glick

Worship Co-Leader

I was born and raised in Lincoln and Logan County.  My parents were Richard and Bonnie Glick.  I was raised and brought up in the First Baptist Church of Lincoln from infancy to adulthood. 

I served in the United States Navy from June ’85 to November ’05 and retired as SW1 Christopher Glick.

After returning to the Lincoln and Logan County area, I returned to the First Baptist Church.  I am now serving as Worship Team Co-Leader, as a member of the Nominating Committee, and as Chairman of Building and Grounds. 

 

 

Pam Pollard

Pam Pollard

Church Secretary

Pam graduated from Lincoln Christian College (now Lincoln Christian University) in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Ministry. She worked at WLLM, a Christian radio station in Lincoln, until they closed their Lincoln studio in March of 2016. She has been the secretary at First Baptist Church since April of that year.
Beverly Bowns

Beverly Bowns

Organist

 Beverly Tebo Bowns is a daughter of the late Helen Tebo and the Rev. Lloyd Tebo,  former pastor here at Lincoln First Baptist Church.  She began playing the piano in church in the 1950s, first helping her mother with Junior Church, and later playing for church services.  She attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, graduating from the Music/Christian Education program.  While she was a student at Moody, she worked in the accounting department, continuing to work there for another 8 years following graduation.  She joined First Baptist in 1967 and became an active member following her return from Chicago in 1971.  She has served as choir director and is currently serving as church organist.

Beverly recently shared her thoughts on Christian service.   ” My husband John and I were taught that whatever talent God blessed us with needed to be used for God.  John donated his time when he painted the sanctuary and in many other ways, but most of all he was given the talent of talking to people.  He was a church deacon and always actively witnessed to all, asking them if they knew Jesus, even when he was in the hospital before he passed away.”

God gave me the gift of music and I hope to use it faithfully for his glory while I can.  We are instructed in Psalms 66:1-4 to sing out to honor His name, worship Him, and sing praises to His name.  How can we do less?”

Susan Hurley

Susan Hurley

Mission Room Director

Susan Hurley was born and raised in Lincoln, and she has been a member for 22 years.  She and her husband have raised two children and are retired.  She is active in the church and serves as a Wednesday night  cook, Church Clerk, and Director/Founder of the Mission Room.  She also loves to create floral arrangements, and she is currently serving as Church Decorator. 

William J. McCray

William J. McCray

Church Custodian

William has a heart for children and has spent much of his adult life working with them.  In all, he has worked with kids for about 26 years in different school districts.  He has been active in the youth sports program in Decatur, coaching basketball there for 4 years.  In addition he was the In-House Supervisor at Springfield High School for 5 years.

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