Meet the Staff

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

We are blessed with a talented, dedicated, enthusiastic, tireless, and Spirit-led staff at First Baptist Church of Bloomington. As a church, we offer them prayers for insight, wisdom, and direction as they lead us in worship and in our ongoing faith journey.

Our pastors are great examples of people who love the Lord our God, study and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ, and provide compassionate care to our congregation and guests. Our musical staff have dedicated years of their lives to praising God’s name through singing, playing, and leading in worship. And if you come into or call the church office, you’ll be greeted in a warm manner with an obvious desire to help you in whatever way she can.

We invite you to “get to know’em”!

Pastoral Staff

  • Sandi Barlow Associate Minister of Family & Christian Education

    Sandi is a highly qualified, capable, and gifted staff member with a MA in Religious Education, and has led LOGOS, our thriving Wednesday Night Christian Education ministry, since 2002. She has served in her current role since November 2013. Growing up, if the doors of the local church were open, her family was present. While moving many times as a child, the church was the one constant in their lives. Sandi’s family always found a place to worship together, to celebrate the gospel, and share their gifts. The local church was her extended family. She experienced God’s call to ministry

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Musical Staff

  • Andrew Johnson Organist

    Andrew is a senior at Normal Community High School and plans on majoring in music in college. In addition to playing for services at FBC, he plays the organ part-time at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Normal and also teaches private piano lessons. There are six people in Andrew’s family: two sisters, a brother and his parents, who all live in Bloomington with their dog, Chili. Throughout high school, Andrew has been involved in the NCHS Madrigals and Spring Musical has taken voice, piano, and organ lessons. In school, his favorite classes are Choir and French. Besides performing music, Andrew

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  • Diane Russell Organist & LOGOS Accompanist

    Diane received an Associates in Respiratory Therapy from Parkland College and a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University (primary instrument: pipe organ). She received a Masters of Music from Illinois State University while accompanying the University Chorus, Women’s Choir, and vocal students on the piano, harpsichord, and the pipe organ. She has worked as a respiratory therapist, a music teacher in public schools, a private piano teacher, and a church musician. She continues to maintain a piano studio in her home with several students. She also is a substitute teacher in the public schools and works part-time as

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  • Katherine Hagenbuch Administrative Assistant

    Katherine has an Associates of Arts degree from Heartland Community College and recently graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Business Administration. During her time at ISU, Katherine held more than one job at times, but at least one of those jobs always took place in the academic advising office of her college. Her main role in the office setting was receptionist and office clerk. She enjoyed the schedule and organization of the office environment so much that she chose to pursue a career in office management. She is currently enjoying her

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