Rev. Dr. David Russell came to us as pastor in 1999 after previously serving as a pastor and campus minister in Illinois. A native of Evansville, Indiana, he is a graduate of the University of Evansville and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota. Dave serves in the denomination as president of our region's Minister's Council and on the boards of Mid-American Baptist Churches and Iowa Religious Media Services. He also works with the Center for Creative Justice, where he currently serves as treasurer. A big sports fan (especially basketball!), he enjoys computers, church history, travel, and riding his bike. Dave's wife Susan is also an American Baptist minister who has served on our staff. Dave and Susan have an adult daughter and share their home with "the boys" - their dog Rudy and cat Harry.
Patricia Izbicki has served as our Choir Accompanist since September 2015. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Patricia has an undergraduate degree in piano performance from the University of West Florida and is a Ph. D. student in the neuroscience program at Iowa State. She is a piano teacher and very interested in the role of art in the community. With a grant from the Ames Parks and Recreation Commission, she introduced the public piano program to Ames. We appreciate her enthusaistic and dedicated ministry.
Mindy Phomvisay has served as our Director of Music since 1998. A native of Alta, Iowa, Mindy is a graduate of Iowa State University. She is an elementary music teacher, flute instructor, and one of the directors of the Ames Childrens Choirs. She has served as the featured soloist for the Ames Summer Bandshell Concerts. As Music Director, Mindy directs the choir, accompanies worship services, leads our youth and children in music, and is co-director of our fabulous Music Camp. Mindy and her husband Aiddy are parents of three children.
Kathryn Greiner began as our Custodian in July 2017. The mother of five adult children, Kathy is also employed by the Ames School District as custodian at Northwoods Preschool Center.
Janelle Keltgen is the FBC Office Manager. She is a native of Olivia, Minnesota and a graduate of South Dakota State University. A relative newlywed and newcomer to Ames, Janelle has been with us since July 2017. She is the mother of three adults sons. Before coming to Ames, Janelle was the Office Manager at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, Illinois. She and her husband John are members of Collegiate United Methodist.