A MESSAGE FROM OUR TEAM

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First Baptist Church of Downers Grove

MINISTRY TEAM

Don Zimmerman - Senior Pastor

Pastor Don Zimmerman grew up on the mission field in Sweden and Finland. He is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been the Senior Pastor of FBC since 1985. He enjoys preaching and teaching God’s Word and caring for the needs of the FBC family. He and his wife, Julie, have five sons and nine grandchildren. They enjoy sailing, skiing, reading and traveling.

David Morrill - Administrative Pastor

David has been faithfully following Christ since age 11. He worked as an engineer for over 35 years.  David married Deborah and they raised two wonderful children. In 2016 David joined our staff as our Administrative Pastor. His role at FBC is to review processes and ministries and work to make them more effective. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and playing Settlers of Catan. 

Mark Eakley - Worship Pastor

Mark has been serving at First Baptist since March 2018. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor. He is a graduate of Trinity International University where he majored in Church Music. He is passionate about leading others in a meaningful worship experience! In his free time Mark enjoys playing pop tunes on the piano, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two girls! 

Don Zimmerman - Senior Pastor

Pastor Don Zimmerman grew up on the mission field in Sweden and Finland. He is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been the Senior Pastor of FBC since 1985. He enjoyes preaching and teaching God’s Word and caring for the needs of the FBC family,  He and his wife, Julie, have five sons and nine grandchildren. They enjoy sailing, skiing, reading and traveling.

David Morrill - Administrative Pastor

David has been faithfully following Christ since age 11. He worked as an engineer for over 35 years.  David married Deborah and they raised two wonderful children. In 2016 David joined our staff as our Adminstrative Pastor. His role at FBC is to review processes and ministries and work to make them more effective. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

Don Zimmerman - Senior Pastor

Pastor Don Zimmerman grew up on the mission field in Sweden and Finland. He is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been the Senior Pastor of FBC since 1985. He enjoyes preaching and teaching God’s Word and caring for the needs of the FBC family,  He and his wife, Julie, have five sons and nine grandchildren. They enjoy sailing, skiing, reading and traveling.

Pastor Don Zimmerman grew up on the mission field in Sweden and Finland. He is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been the Senior Pastor of FBC since 1985. He enjoyes preaching and teaching God’s Word and caring for the needs of the FBC family,  He and his wife, Julie, have five sons and nine grandchildren. They enjoy sailing, skiing, reading and traveling.

David Morrill - Administrative Pastor

David has been faithfully following Christ since age 11. He worked as an engineer for over 35 years.  David married Deborah and they raised two wonderful children. In 2016 David joined our staff as our Adminstrative Pastor. His role at FBC is to review processes and ministries and work to make them more effective. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and playing Settlers of Catan. 

David has been faithfully following Christ since age 11. He worked as an engineer for over 35 years.  David married Deborah and they raised two wonderful children. In 2016 David joined our staff as our Adminstrative Pastor. His role at FBC is to review processes and ministries and work to make them more effective. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and playing Settlers of Catan. 

Don Zimmerman - Senior Pastor

Pastor Don Zimmerman grew up on the mission field in Sweden and Finland. He is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been the Senior Pastor of FBC since 1985. He enjoyes preaching and teaching God’s Word and caring for the needs of the FBC family,  He and his wife, Julie, have five sons and nine grandchildren. They enjoy sailing, skiing, reading and traveling.

Pastor Don Zimmerman grew up on the mission field in Sweden and Finland. He is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been the Senior Pastor of FBC since 1985. He enjoyes preaching and teaching God’s Word and caring for the needs of the FBC family,  He and his wife, Julie, have five sons and nine grandchildren. They enjoy sailing, skiing, reading and traveling.

David Morrill - Administrative Pastor

David has been faithfully following Christ since age 11. He worked as an engineer for over 35 years.  David married Deborah and they raised two wonderful children. In 2016 David joined our staff as our Adminstrative Pastor. His role at FBC is to review processes and ministries and work to make them more effective. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and playing Settlers of Catan. 

David has been faithfully following Christ since age 11. He worked as an engineer for over 35 years.  David married Deborah and they raised two wonderful children. In 2016 David joined our staff as our Adminstrative Pastor. His role at FBC is to review processes and ministries and work to make them more effective. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and playing Settlers of Catan. 

Mark Eakley - Worship Pastor

Mark has been serving at First Baptist since March 2018. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor. He is a graduate of Trinity International University where he majored in Church Music. He is passionate about leading others in a meaningful worship experience! In his free time Mark enjoys playing pop tunes on the piano, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two girls! ​​​​​​​

Christian Abbott - Children's Pastor

Christian has been serving at First Baptist for over 3 years. He currently serves as the children's pastor and young adult pastor. He is a graduate from Moody Bible Institute where he majored in Children's Ministries and Biblical Studies. He is passionate about pointing kids to Christ! In his free time Christian enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing games with friends.

Mark Eakley - Worship Pastor

Mark has been serving at First Baptist since March 2018. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor. He is a graduate of Trinity International University where he majored in Church Music. He is passionate about leading others in a meaningful worship experience! In his free time Mark enjoys playing pop tunes on the piano, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two girls! ​​​​​​​

Mark has been serving at First Baptist since March 2018. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor. He is a graduate of Trinity International University where he majored in Church Music. He is passionate about leading others in a meaningful worship experience! In his free time Mark enjoys playing pop tunes on the piano, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two girls! 

Jens has been serving at FBC for over a year. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute; he received a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies. He has been married to Hannah for three years. He is passionate about discipling students, reading theology, and vinyl records. He was deeply impacted by his youth pastor as a student and desires to reach students in the same way.

Mark Eakley - Worship Pastor

Mark has been serving at First Baptist since March 2018. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor. He is a graduate of Trinity International University where he majored in Church Music. He is passionate about leading others in a meaningful worship experience! In his free time Mark enjoys playing pop tunes on the piano, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two girls! ​​​​​​​

Mark has been serving at First Baptist since March 2018. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor. He is a graduate of Trinity International University where he majored in Church Music. He is passionate about leading others in a meaningful worship experience! In his free time Mark enjoys playing pop tunes on the piano, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two girls! ​​​​​​​

Jens has been serving at FBC for over a year. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute; he received a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies. He has been married to Hannah for three years. He is passionate about discipling students, reading theology, and vinyl records. He was deeply impacted by his youth pastor as a student and desires to reach students in the same way.

Christian Abbott - Children's Pastor

Christian has been serving at First Baptist for over 3 years. He currently serves as the children's pastor. He is a graduate from Moody Bible Institute where he majored in Children's Ministries and Biblical Studies. In his free time Christian enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing games with friends.

Darlene Watkins - Office Manager

Darlene Watkins has been a member of First Baptist Church since 1992 and has been the Administrative Assistant since 2003.  She has two grown sons who know the Lord, one great daughter-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren.  She likes spending as much time with her grandkids as possible and likes watching movies and old TV shows.

Darlene Watkins - Office Manager

Darlene Watkins has been a member of First Baptist Church since 1992 and has been the Administrative Assistant since 2003.  She has two grown sons who know the Lord, one great daughter-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren.  She likes spending as much time with her grandkids as possible and likes watching movies and old TV shows.

Rob Peterson - Minister of Maintenence

Rob has been serving at First Baptist for over 30 years. He currently serves as the minister of maintenance. He is responsible for keeping our facilities in excellent condition! He is passionate about serving the Lord and others. In his free time Rob enjoys golfing, drinking chai tea latte's, and watching Chicago sports.

Christian Abbott - Children's Pastor

Christian has been serving at First Baptist for over 3 years. He currently serves as the children's pastor and young adult pastor. He is a graduate from Moody Bible Institute where he majored in Children's Ministries and Biblical Studies. He is passionate about pointing kids to Christ! In his free time Christian enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing games with friends.

Darlene Watkins - Office Manager

Darlene Watkins has been a member of First Baptist Church since 1992 and has been the Administrative Assistant since 2003.  She has two grown sons who know the Lord, one great daughter-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren.  She likes spending as much time with her grandkids as possible and likes watching movies and old TV shows.

Christian Abbott - Children's Pastor

Christian has been serving at First Baptist for over 3 years. He currently serves as the children's pastor and young adult pastor. He is a graduate from Moody Bible Institute where he majored in Children's Ministries and Biblical Studies. He is passionate about pointing kids to Christ! In his free time Christian enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing games with friends.

Darlene Watkins - Office Manager

Darlene Watkins has been a member of First Baptist Church since 1992 and has been the Administrative Assistant since 2003.  She has two grown sons who know the Lord, one great daughter-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren.  She likes spending as much time with her grandkids as possible and likes watching movies and old TV shows.

Rob Peterson - Minister of Maintenence

Rob has been serving at First Baptist for over 30 years. He currently serves as the minister of maintenance. He is responsible for keeping our facilities in excellent condition! He is passionate about serving the Lord and others. In his free time Rob enjoys golfing, drinking chai tea latte's, and watching Chicago sports.

Shari Peterson - DGCS Principal

Shari has been the principal at Downers Grove Christian School for over 4 years. She has her B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University. Before becoming the principal, she taught at Downers Grove Christian School for ten years. In her free time Shari enjoys spending time with her family and grandkids. 

Shari Peterson - DGCS Principal

Shari has been the principal at Downers Grove Christian School for over 4 years. She has her B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University. Before becoming the principal, she taught at Downers Grove Christian School for ten years. In her free time Shari enjoys spending time with her family and grandkids. 

Rob Peterson - Minister of Maintenence

Rob has been serving at First Baptist for over 30 years. He currently serves as the minister of maintenance. He is responsible for keeping our facilities in excellent condition! He is passionate about serving the Lord and others. In his free time Rob enjoys golfing, drinking chai tea latte's, and watching Chicago sports.

Shari Peterson - DGCS Principal

Shari has been the principal at Downers Grove Christian School for over 4 years. She has her B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University. Before becoming the principal, she taught at Downers Grove Christian School for ten years. In her free time Shari enjoys spending time with her family and grandkids. 

Rob Peterson - Minister of Maintenence

Rob has been serving at First Baptist for over 30 years. He currently serves as the minister of maintenance. He is responsible for keeping our facilities in excellent condition! He is passionate about serving the Lord and others. In his free time Rob enjoys golfing, drinking chai tea latte's, and watching Chicago sports.

Shari Peterson - DGCS Principal

Shari has been the principal at Downers Grove Christian School for over 4 years. She has her B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University. Before becoming the principal, she taught at Downers Grove Christian School for ten years. In her free time Shari enjoys spending time with her family and grandkids. 


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