Rev. Ray Pepple
Brother Ray has over 40 years of ministry experience. Through 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.
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
Bob graduated from Sauk Village Baptist Bible College in 1985. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. Bob holds the position of Worship Leader. He also teaches the adult Sunday School class and helps with the ministry for children and youth.
Assistant 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 a secretary/typist at First Baptist Church since April of that year.
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?”
Mission Room Director and Church Clerk
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 Church Clerk and Director/Founder of the Mission Room. She also loves to create floral arrangements, and she is currently serving as Church Decorator.