Church Leadership

Elders

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. He prepares the worship service for our Sunday gatherings, disciples people to become disciple makers, gives leadership to the elder team and to the whole church. He also leads a small group. Michael has been married to Stacy since May 25, 1990. They have three children – daughters Sam and […]

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Eric Schumacher

Eric is our Associate Pastor and oversees several ministries – Missions, Family, Small Groups and Adult Foundations. He also teaches Adult Foundations and Membership Classes as well as leading a small group. He also does discipleship and counseling and anything else the elders ask him to do. Eric is married to Jenny and they have […]

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Luke Call

Luke, as well as being an elder, teaches adult foundations classes and leads men’s bible study. Luke is married to Tamra and they have five children ages 7, 7, 6, 3 and 1. Luke was born in southern Kansas, near Winfield, and grew up in Hiawatha, Kansas. He and Tamra and family have been in […]

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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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Staff

Tim Young

Tim holds the position of Youth Minister. Primarily, his hours are spent 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 on the sound quality of GABC services as well as some […]

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Dixie Carpenter

Dixie has served in our office for over 18 years, 8 years as an office assistant and 10 years as the secretary. Dixie has been married to her husband Jim for 30 years and they are parents of an adult daughter, Kelsey, who is married to Allen Reger and resides in Kansas City, MO. Dixie […]

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Deacons

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 two young boys (Victor and Noble). 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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Ed & Sara Knight

Sara is the House of Hope Food Pantry coordinator. She leads and organizes our church food pantry ministry. She schedules staff and oversees the ministry. Her husband Ed is also a huge help in all that is done at the House of Hope. Sara was born and raised in Ames, Iowa, where she still resides. […]

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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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Mike & Julie Sulc

Julie and her husband Mike coordinate the collegiate ministry for Grand. Julie divides her time between homeschooling her two young daughters and working part-time. She also enjoys volunteering in collegiate ministry, at Grand Avenue and with the Navigators at ISU. Collegiate ministry has been a constant thread in her life. Julie’s parents served with the […]

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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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