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

  • Pastor Brian Hastings Senior Pastor

    Brian’s earliest memories of church are of playing with red cardboard bricks in the preschool class at a Baptist church in Quincy, Illinois.  What stuck with him was the sense of welcome and caring he received from the people who invested themselves in the church.  It was that same love of God - lived out in day-to-day life - that helped make the Gospel real to him as he grew up at the First Baptist Church of Moline, Illinois, where he was baptized as a youth and given opportunities to serve and grow.  This led to an exploration of his

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  • Cheri Grizzard Pastor of Worship

    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 three grandchildren.

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Worship and Ministry Staff

  • 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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  • Dean Williams Praise Team Coordinator

    Dean Williams grew up in Riverdale, Illinois where he began classical piano lessons at the age of 4 under Dr.William DeYoung at South Suburban College in Lansing, Illinois till the age of 17. Throughout high school he traveled across the state placing in over 100 speech competitions in the top 6 spot among hundreds of competitors. He also played piano for the jazz band as well as the church he grew up in, Christ Temple Baptist Church in Markham, Illinois. At the age of 14 Dean branched out and began to play at other churches of diverse denominations and was

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  • Michelle Wiggins Interim LOGOS Director and 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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  • Jania Lattimore Administrative Assistant

    Jania Lattimore joined the First Baptist ministry team in the summer of 2018, bringing her enthusiasm, office skills and ability to work with a wide range of people to create a hospitable environment to those coming by the church throughout the week.  Jania has been invaluable as FBC works to communicate effectively with the church and community about our mission and ministry. In past positions, Jania has really enjoyed being able to teach people new things.  She is a connector, connecting people with resources or things that they might need.  She also enjoys challenges; researching and learning new ideas to

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Custodial Campus Management

  • David Landry Custodial Manager

    Dave Landry holds a certificate in building maintenance from Heartland Community College and has been working in the field for two decades. He also possesses many years of experience in supervisory and business management.

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