2502 E. College Ave.
Bloomington, IL 61704
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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

  • Dr. Reverend Adrian Lamkin Interim Pastor

    Bio coming soon!

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  • 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

  • Cheri Grizzard Choir Director

    Cheri grew up in southern Indiana and Western Kentucky, one of five children. She earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Kentucky, an M.M. from the University of Maryland, and an M.Div. from Northern Baptist Seminary; she was ordained in 1990. Cheri has done music and pastoral ministry in several churches throughout her career, and she enjoys directing choirs, preaching, and designing and leading people in meaningful worship. Her husband Bob, a pastoral counselor with BroMenn Healthcare, died in 2011, a few months shy of their 40th anniversary. She has three wonderful sons and two grandchildren.

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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 previously served as a substitute teacher in the public schools and continues to work

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  • Michelle Wiggins Visual Arts Coordinator

    Michelle is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she received her Bachelors in Theater with a focus in Technical Theater. She is a professional stage manager, but has also worked some years as a carpenter, costume stitcher, prop artist, and theater electrician. Work has taken her to different places, including theaters in Illinois, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. Michelle grew up in a Christian family and, though faith in God has always been part of her life, the church has not. After moving and not finding a church to fit into, Michelle lost that section of her life. Later deciding that she needed to

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Administration

  • 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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