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Council of Ministries


The Deacons are leaders of the church.  They support the Pastor and his vision.  They offer the Lord’s Supper to the congregation.  They are also responsible for male baptismal candidates on the day of their baptism.  Deacons also care for the members of the congregation. These men are servants of the church.


Deaconess are responsible for preparing the Lord’s Supper.  They are also responsible for female baptismal candidates on the day of their baptism.  Deaconess support the Pastor and assist the Deacons with the care of the members of the church.


This appointed board maintains the property's and handles all legal and financial aspects of the church.

Angels of Praise Dance Ministry

Worshipping and magnifying the Lord through interpretive dance.

  • Angels I :: Ages 17 to Adult

  • Angels II :: Children ages 6 to 11

  • Angels III :: Children ages 12 to 16


Men’s Ministry

The Men’s Ministry prepares men spiritually to be leaders in their homes, church and community through Bible study, training, worship, fellowship and service.

Bulletin Board Resource Ministry

Displays information about First Baptist Church inside and outside our church building for all who come into the church.  

Board of Christian Education

Persons responsible for envisioning, developing and implementing programs, classes and other educational opportunities for members/community to grow in their understanding of and appreciation for Christian faith.

Couples Ministry

The mission of FBCNI Couples Ministry is to empower and support couples, fostering fellowship opportunities for shared enjoyment, connection, learning, and growth. Our aim is to establish and maintain Godly, healthy, Christ-centered relationships that endure a lifetime, radiate light in a dark world, and leave a legacy for future generations.

Courtesy Ministry

Welcomes visitors and church family to worship.

New Members Ministry

Designed to help new convert or members know the seriousness and sacredness of their committment.  They work to bring members face to face with the real meaning of church membership enlisting in active service for the Lord. 

Deaf Ministry

Reaching souls through American Sign Language (ASL). Interpreters are provided for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Fueling and Clothing Ministry

This ministry provides food, clothing and comfort to those in need.  They provide spiritual and emotional support.

Grandparents Ministry

This ministry mission is to inspire and equip grandparents to lead their grandchildren to love and follow Jesus.  This ministry provides support and information to grandparents about grandparents rights in Indiana - focused on those caring for grandchildren in their homes, health issues and assistance with resources for grandparents. 

Lafiya Wellness Ministry

A holistic ministry of body, mind and spirit. We aim to educate and empower our church family to take responsibility for personal health and well being with optimal mental, physical and spiritual health.  Open to all members including medical professionals of all disciplines.

Media Ministry

Provides services related to the audio, visual, print, photography and telecommunications for our church family events.

Music Ministry

First Baptist Music Department consists of seven choirs; two of which are signing choirs.

Pastor's Prayer Partners

Ministry committed to praying for our Pastors and their families every month. On Wednesday one of the prayer partners approaches God's altar with prayer requests.  There are 6 (six) prayer partners in this ministry and the year is divided equally amongst them.  Our Pastors are assured focused prayer for the year. 

Prison Ministry

Providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are incarcerated as well as their families.  Upon reentry to society, we are happy to make referrals to organizations that can assist them with obtaining a State ID or Driver's License, shelter, job training, assistance with finding employment and a Church family.  All information is held strictly confidential.

Scholarship Ministry

The mission of the Scholarship Ministry is to provide financial assistance for our high school graduate members for their post secondary education. 

Transportation Ministry

Outreach ministry providing transportation to and from Sunday morning worship services. In addition this ministry facilitates rides for special activities such as Souls to the Polls, etc.



The welcoming body of the church.  Our ministry provides a warm welcome and accommodating spirit to all visitors and congregation members alike.  

Leaders & Servants



Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, Senior Servant

Reverend Jerome Johnson, Pastor

Reverend Patti Holt, Assistant to the Senior Servant for Christian Education

Reverend Lynel Beaty, Assistant to the Senior Servant for Families

Reverend Claude Leon Motley, Assistant to the Senior Servant for Visitation

Reverend Samuel Hodges , Armor Bearer

Reverend Tonya Hill, Director of Community Impact

Minister Marie Highbaugh, Minister for Missions

Minister Kenneth Allen, Minister for Outreach

Minister Nichelle J. Miller, Youth Director

Minister Michelle Fisher-Jones, Minister for Outreach

Minister Neal Jameson, Minister for Outreach

Minister Robert Letcher, Minister for Outreach

Minister Marguerite Watkins, Minister for Outreach 

Rev. Shaun Gutu, Global Outreach

Sister Marilyn Brooks, Minister for Outreach



Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, Senior Servant

Rev. Jerome Johnson, Pastor

Michael Jones, Sr. Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Joseph Slash, Church Treasurer

Sheila Rea, Assistant Church Treasurer

Linda Jones, Financial Secretary

Anna Lucas Brown, Church Clerk

George Armstrong, Chairman of the Board of Deacons

Marcella Armstrong, Chairperson of the Board of Deaconesses

Carmen Moore, Chairperson of Council of Ministries

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