A MESSAGE FROM OUR TEAM

We are so glad that you are here. Look around to learn more about who we are as a church and our mission and vision to be more like Christ. Our church has many ministries in which you can be involved. We welcome you to come visit our church. If you have any questions at all, we would love to connect with you!



First Baptist Church

MINISTRY TEAM

Dennis Fledderjohann - Interim Pastor

Pastor Dennis is currently serving as Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Liz, for fifty-one years. For twenty-two of those years, he served as professor at Moody Bible Institute where he taught in the Educational Ministries division. Dennis enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with their four adult children and their families—including nine grandchildren.

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 three girls! 

Johnny Elliott - Youth Pastor

Johnny currently serves as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist. Johnny is passionate about making disciples and encouraging people to grow in their relationship with Christ. He loves talking about God and helping people deepen their understanding of God's Word. He enjoys biking, working out, and playing sports. Johnny and his wife, Hannah, got married in May 2015, and had their first child in May 2020.

Christian Abbott - Children's Pastor

Christian has been serving at First Baptist for over 5 years. He currently serves as the children's pastor. He is a graduate of 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 serving at First Baptist as the Administrative Assistant since 2003.  She has two grown sons who both love the Lord, one great daughter-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren.  She likes spending as much time with her grandkids as possible. She also likes watching movies and old TV shows.

Rob Peterson - Maintenence Director

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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