Church Leadership


GABC believes that Biblical church leadership is plural in nature. Elders are called to provide spiritual leadership to the church.

Michael Felkins

Michael is our lead pastor. Along with preaching, Michael oversees the ministries of small groups, men, and missions. Michael also gives leadership to the elder team. Michael says his mission in life is to glorify God through the ministry of preaching, leading and shepherding people. Michael has been married to Stacy since May 25, 1990. […]

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Eric Schumacher

Eric is our Associate Pastor and oversees the worship service planning and coordinating, and the ministries of Adult Foundations, College, Family, Children, Preschool and Nursery, Membership Classes, and general pastoral ministry. Eric is married to Jenny and they have five-school aged children: Josiah, Micah, Elijah, Ella, Judson. Eric is from Glidden, Iowa and has lived […]

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Terry Martens

Terry serves as an elder as well as a small group leader and a leader in the children’s ministry. Terry has been at Grand Avenue Baptist Church for 38 years. Terry is married to Debbie and they have seven grown children, four of whom are married. They also have five grandchildren and one foster grandchild. […]

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Jonathan Philgreen

Jonathan is an elder as well as a small group leader and occasional worship leader. He says, “I feel a heavy (and happy) burden to shepherd God’s flock, which he bought with his own blood.” Jonathan has spent most of his life in Kansas City and moved to Iowa in the summer of 2013. He […]

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Steve Vardeman

Steve is an elder of Grand Avenue. With the other elders, he is responsible for biblical oversight, sound teaching of the historical Christian faith, and orthodox practice in the church. Steve has been married to his gracious and godly wife Jo Ellen since 1970. Steve says, “We have been blessed with two wonderful sons, the […]

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Tim Young

Tim holds the position of College and Youth Minister. Primarily, his hours are spent connecting college students into the life of GABC and investing in the lives of the youth at GABC through Youth Group on Wednesday evenings, individual discipleship meetings, youth events, and larger youth conferences/mission trips. In addition, Tim spends some hours working […]

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Dixie Carpenter

Dixie has served in our office for nearly 20 years, 8 years as an office assistant and 11+ years as the secretary. Dixie has been a member at Grand for 41 years. Dixie has been married to her husband Jim for 32 years and they are parents of an adult daughter, Kelsey, who is married […]

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GABC believes that Biblical church leadership is plural in nature. Deacons serve the body by meeting practical needs.

Eric Brumm

Eric has the privilege of providing financial direction and oversight for the church. He enjoys serving in this practical way and using his gifts for the glory of God in the local church and in the workplace. He values time with his wife (Kim) and three young boys (Victor, Noble, Royal). He can usually be […]

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Luke Jensen

Luke calls Ames home, where his family has lived since 1995. He ventured out for several years to the University of Northern Iowa where he obtained a dual-degree in Real Estate and Finance, and worked in Kentucky before coming back to Ames in 2008. Since his return to Iowa, he has continued to work in […]

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Tim Thorsbakken

Tim has lived in rural Story County most of his life and claims Huxley as his hometown. He graduated from Ballard High School in Huxley and went to DMACC where he majored in business. Tim is married to Cathy and they have three sons, three daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren with another one due in July. […]

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Ministry Leaders

Troy Jansen

Troy oversees the benevolence ministry as part of a team that considers requests from those in need. His duties also include general supervision of our food pantry. Troy grew up in Parkersburg, Iowa, as the youngest of seven children. Troy is single. Troy graduated from Wartburg College in 1990 with a degree in Elementary Education. […]

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Terry & Debbie Martens

Terry and Debbie oversee the Children’s Ministry, grades K–5th grades at Grand Avenue. They help coordinate the Wednesday night program of grow252, Children’s Foundations on Sunday mornings and Backyard Kids Clubs in the summer months. Terry and Debbie both attended Iowa State University and first met when attending Grand Avenue Baptist as college students. Terry […]

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Stacy Felkins

Stacy is the Nursery/Preschool coordinator and leads our nursery/preschool ministry team. Stacy is married to Michael and they have three children – daughters Sam and Alex and a son Mac. Stacy is originally from Louisiana but moved to Texas when she was 9 years old. She moved to Ames with her family in May of […]

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Amanda Philgreen

Amanda is the Women’s Ministry Team Leader. Amanda married Jonathan in 2006 and they have three children, Abi (2008), Anna (2010) and Isaiah (2012). Amanda was born in Kansas City and moved to Ames at the age of ten. Most of the spiritual formation that happened in her youth was influenced by GABC. After living […]

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