Pastor - Rev. Jerry Wells

Rev. Jerry Wells & wife Bonnie

Pastor Jerry graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, with a Masters of Divinity in 1995. His Ordination process was completed through the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science from Sacramento State University and an Associate’s degree from Cosumnes River College. He has served churches in California, Colorado, and Kansas. He met his wife while in college and they married in August of 1986. Bonnie works for Leavenworth County.

 

They have two married children; a son, Carey (Samantha) and a daughter, Jerriann (Robbie).

 

Pastor Jerry's Father, Grandfather and Uncle were all successful pastors. In addition to church life, while growing up, sports were a big part of Jerry's life. He played football, basketball and baseball through high school. Then he played one year of college basketball and 4 1/2 years of semi-pro baseball. He still enjoys sports, whether playing or just watching a game on television.

 

Although sports were thrilling, his greatest sense of satisfaction in life is helping someone to become and/or grow as a Christian. In his book, Jesus is the ULTIMATE #1 in life!; when one is in relationship with their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, they find abundant living now and eternally. Not that life will always be "Whoopi," because it won't. But the Lord Jesus will be with you through whatever may come your way in life. Christ indeed offers all individuals, "victorious" Christian living.

 

If you ever have any questions for Pastor Jerry or about the church, just contact him at 913-682-4426. Pastor Jerry happily accepted "the call" to Pastor First Baptist Church, beginning his ministry here on July 28th, 2014.

Secretary - lisa terrill

Lisa Terrill has been our church secretary since September of 2012. Need something added to the church calendar, or to send a prayer request, call Lisa. She has three adult children: Robin (Josh), Jonathan (Bernadette), and Jeffrey (Brittany). She has eight grandchildren, five grandsons and three granddaughters. Lisa most enjoys spending time with family and loving on the grandbabies. Some of her hobbies include: quilting, crafting, painting, antiquing, camping and enjoying the great outdoors. Lisa has been a member of the church for many years and is involved with various areas of ministry within the church fellowship. Currently she serves on the ABW Executive Board and is the Memorial Fund Treasurer. Lisa has a great love for the Lord and it always shows in her work at the church and in her outreach efforts to bring all to Christ. 

CUSTODIAN - MARK COX

Mark Cox became our custodian in December 2000.  Mark is married to Debra and they have two adult children: Ian and Amy.  Mark enjoys reading all kinds of genres but his favorite is mystery. Also Mark enjoys watching old 50s sci-fi movies, the really bad ones. He has been married for 31 years  and together they enjoy going to NASCAR races and the dinner theater. Mark currently holds the position of President on the Sunshine Committee. He also has dedicated his life to Christ and continues to serve the Lord in all aspects of life. 

CHOIR DIRECTOR - JACKIE MILLER

Jackie Miller has been our Choir Director since June 2011. Jackie is married to Steve and they have three children: Kyle, Michael & Julie. Jackie has began teaching in Easton at Pleasant Ridge High School and Middle School since August 2005. She teaches high school band, music appreciation, and choir as well as middle school band and choir. She began working at First Baptist Church in Leavenworth as the organist in August 2005. She is a horsemanship instructor and trainer and often spends her summer vacation at her family home on the Jersey Shore or teaching horsemanship at a summer camp in upstate New York. They have three pets, a golden retriever named Hunter, a cat named Lolli, and a horse named Cactus. Jackie has been a member of the church for many years and she and Steve are active within the fellowship.

VIDEOGRAPHER - ROBIN KLEIN

Robin Klein has been the videographer since April 2020.  She does our live streaming on Facebook and maintains our social media account. She also helps our members with electronic issues when they are needed. Robin she has 2 children, Chace is 11 and Reagan is 3, and 2 fur babies, Milo is almost 1 and Harley is 12. Robin enjoys spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite things to do are crafting with her mom and spending the weekend crafting with friends and family. Robin has been a member of the church for many years and is involved with various areas of ministry within the church fellowship. Currently she serves on the ABW Executive Board as President and is the Chairman of the Evangelism Team. Robin has an awesome love for Christ and is always looking for new ways to share the gospel with people in our community. 

Children & Youth Worker - Amanda Templeton

Amanda Templeton fell in love with Jesus when she was 7 years old, and she has been constantly amazed by His love and faithfulness in her life! She’s attended First Baptist Church since 2015, and enjoys serving in the children’s and youth ministry and with the evangelism team. 


Amanda graduated with her bachelors degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Upon graduation, she followed her husband Jared, a Marine and her high school sweetheart, on all kinds of adventures!


Amanda is mom to three amazing kids...Abby (13), Becca (10), and Sawyer (7). She lives in the country with her family, a dog, a cat, a hamster, and 20 chickens! She enjoys reading, making pretty things, and junkin’!