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.


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.


Candi Kamm

Candi Kamm serves as the Church's Treasurer. She grew up in the Midwest. Candi has an interesting history with First Baptist Church. She fondly recalls her membership from 1966-1969 when her father was the minister at FBC. At that time, Judson House served as the parsonage for the church. 

Candi left the Dubuque area to attend college where she graduated from the University of Illinois. She worked in the Trust and Financial industries for almost 30 years in Iowa and Illinois before later moving to Ohio.

Candi returned to the Dubuque area in 2019 and rejoined the membership of First Baptist Church in 2020. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, her 14 step-grandchildren, and family. Candi's hobbies include travel, reading, and sewing.



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

Amanda has served on the Evangelism and Missions Committee at First Baptist Church since 2018. She has attended the church since 2014. Amanda was baptized by Pastor Tim in 2016 and she became a member at that time.

Amanda is married to Matt and they have two children, Olivia and Kaleb. She works at Dupaco Community Credit Union in the Real Estate Department.

Amanda enjoys spending time outside, gardening and traveling.

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 and her baby brother Everett Paul.

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.

  June 2021  
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