First Baptist Church

515 N. Ladd Street  •   Pontiac, Illinois 61764



"Growing the Family of God"

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James O. Wolfe III, Pastor


A lifelong American Baptist, Jim came to Pontiac in 1990 after serving two American Baptist Churches in New Jersey. He was ordained in 1981 and received his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Foundation.


Jim and his wife Janet have two children, Karla and Owen, a son-in-law, Sanjay, and two precious (and precocious) granddaughters, Asha and Karina.


Jay Hurd, Associate Pastor


Jay has been in the Ministry of working with people for 30 years.  He is married to Lisa  and has 5 children Chayla, Mikayla, Tyler, Micah and Aiden. He and Lisa have one granddaughter,  Hadleih,  one son-in-law Erik, and daughter-in-law Claire.  Music has always been a big part of his life and Jay especially enjoys worship and praise through song.


"I am blessed to be part of this community of Faith and look forward to seeing what God’s plan is for us all."

Rhonda Cowsert, Administrative Assistant


Rhonda has served as the administrative assistant at FBC for 13 years. She handles everything from answering phones and preparing the weekly bulletins to web design and, occasionally, wields a mop or a wrench to keep things running smoothly.


She lives in Peoria with her husband of 15 years and two very spoiled house cats.

Ken Ferguson, Custodian

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