Staff

Pastor

Timothy Bees

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Rev. Timothy Bees came to our church in August 1, 2000. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso and obtained his Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before being called to First Baptist he was an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Oak Park, Il.

Rev. Bees was raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He loves Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The church of his youth was Central Moravian Church. God used the teaching, preaching and community of that church to warm his heart to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1976 while he was away at university. Pastor Tim is a teacher and preacher at heart.

Tim is married to Claudette Bees and they are the proud parents of two adult children Rhonda and James.




Moderator

Ron Brass

Ron has been our moderator for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. He has attended First Baptist for 40 years, and has served on our church board a number of times. His responsibilities include leading our monthly and quarterly meetings and encouraging church participation.

Ron enjoys working with our pastor on a variety of church activities, and likes to initiate special activities encouraging our worshipers to get to know each other better through poetry, song, and cinema.

Ron is an engineer by training, worked for John Deere his entire career, and uses his skills to help with property related projects and maintenance around the church.




Financial Secretary

Robert Happ

Bob has served as financial secretary for almost 30 years. He reports that he is starting to get the hang of it. He was born and raised in upstate New York. His BA degree is from Ottawa University, an American Baptist college in Kansas. He also has Masters and Ed.S. degrees.

He has been an English teacher for his entire career, retiring in 2000 from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, and since then, teaching part time as an adjunct instructor at the University of Dubuque.  

Bob has been married to Char since 1986, and they share a blended family of 5 adult children.




Treasurer

Andrew Christiansen

Andrew joined FBC in 2011 when he moved to Iowa. He has served on the Board as Treasurer for a few years. During that time, Andrew has been instrumental in guiding the church financials, migrating the church finances to QuickBooks, and finding ways to reduce expenses. 

Andrew holds an AA in Accounting, an AS in Computer Software Development, a BS in Information Systems Security, and is currently working on his Bachelor’s in Psychology.

He works at IBM Dubuque as a Windows System Administrator. Andrew loves to apply his technical background while serving the Church community.
 




Discipleship

Hector Quintana

Hector was raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. While in New Mexico he was a member of First Baptist Church (FBC) in Carlsbad and active in church youth activities. Hector accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at age nine and made a public profession of faith in baptism at age eleven.

He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and was active in the Baptist Student Union (BSU) while on campus.

He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and works for John Deere at John Deere Dubuque Works.

Hector has been on the FBC church board in Property and Finance for two years and has been in Christian Education for the last two plus years at FBC Dubuque.

Hector is married to Christine and has a son, Hector, and a daughter, Bella.




Church Clerk

Linda Chapman

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Linda feels she was directed by God to First Baptist Church in 2006. After several months of regular attendance she became a member of the church and joined the Evangelism and Missions committee. She is now and has been for several years a member of the church board where she serves as church clerk.

Linda believes one of her gifts from God is organizational skills. She uses this gift to help plan and carry out church activities, work with outreach programs, keep church records and other organizational needs of the church and pastor.

For many years, Linda's education prepared and allowed her to work with various community organizations. She is now retired and volunteers for her church and community.




At-Large Board Member

L.A. Jennings

L.A.  joined FBC in 1965 when the church met in the old farm house on the corner of Judson and Asbury. Shortly after, we broke ground for the “new” church next door. A year later, the parsonage (now Judson House) was built.

 

In 1967, both he and his wife Barbara were the first members of FBC to be wed in the new church. During the years, they raised four children who gave them seven grandchildren to love.

 

During his time at FBC, he taught Sunday School and continues to serve on many committees and boards. Currently, he is on the Property and Finance Committee.

 

L.A. reminds us that "God has blessed us all these years and we continue to seek His guidance each day."




At-Large Board Member

Amanda Willard




At-Large Board Member

Ernest Jackson

Ernest is the Former Operations Manager at John Deere. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently serves on the FBC Church Board as an At-Large Board Member representing the Worship Committee.

 

Ernest is married to Peggy Jackson. They have three sons. They have attended First Baptist Church since 2003.

 

Ernest is actively involved in the Dubuque Black Men Coalition. He is the Chair of Dubuque’s True North Board.  He serves on the Dubuque County Conservation Steering Committee. Ernest is an avid cyclist and has participated in numerous cycling events such as RAGBRI.

 

Ernest is a dynamic member of the FBC Worship Team and plays guitar during morning worship service and other FBC events.




Committee Member

Denise Matthews

Denise serves as a Committee Member on the FBC Board. Denise has been married to Rodney Matthews for 33 years. She is a proud Mom to Ian (married to Stephanie), Joy (married to Zack) and Paul. Denise is also excited to be called Grandma by Betsy, 3 yrs. old, and her baby brother who is due to arrive in May.

Denise has a BSN and is a certified rehab nurse. She works at Finley Hospital on the Acute Rehab unit.

Denise enjoys spending time with family, reading, quilting, gardening and traveling.  Denise is an active member of the Praise and Worship Team. She loves playing her guitar and making music with her FBC family.




In Memoriam

Daniel Guzzle

Dan lived in the Dubuque area since he was a small child. Dan was led to First Baptist Church in the early 1990’s by his grandson being involved in the summer Vacation Bible School. Dan accepted Christ in 1994 and was baptized into the church.

Dan’s career was in chemical processing which included the manufacturing of agricultural fertilizer products.

Dan was involved in many aspects of the church throughout the years, including being on the board in different roles. His role was as an At-Large member. He was also on the worship team involved in the technical end which includes a variety of audio and video services, including the church website. 

Dan was married to Kay. It was the second marriage for both and they each have families from earlier days.

Dan passed away recently. He was such an integral part of our FBC congregation. He is greatly missed by everyone. We thank God that one day we will see Dan once again in Heaven. Until then, we mourn his loss with a longing for that day.




 
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