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 staff, elder board, and ministry planning team, along with oversight of the ministries of small groups, missions, college, family, and children. Michael also gives leadership to the elder team. Michael says his mission in life is to glorify God through the ministry of preaching, […]

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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, Mens/Womens Ministry Team, Membership Classes, as well as general pastoral ministry. Eric is married to Jenny. They have five children and have lived in Ames since December 2014. Eric is an Iowa native. He has degrees from the […]

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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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Dixie Carpenter

Dixie has served in our office for over 20 years and has been a member at Grand for over 43 years. She delights in supporting the pastors and the ministry leaders at Grand in a variety of ways. Dixie has been married to her husband Jim for 33 years and they are parents of a […]

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

Jack Carraher

Jack is the deacon of security which means he is responsible for working with the elders to put appropriate security protocols in place and train security team volunteers. Jack is married to Sarah and they have one son, Oliver, and they are expecting their second son in August. Jack was a “military kid” and grew […]

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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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Tamra & Luke Call

Luke and Tamra lead our Youth Ministry, a ministry to those in grades 6-12.

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Debbie & Terry 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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Esther Walker

Esther heads up the Hospitality Ministry at Grand. She grew up on a farm in southern Iowa outside New Virginia. After a stint in the Marines she came to Ames in 1980 to go to Iowa State University and never left. She has a BS in Dietetics and an MS in hotel, restaurant and institution […]

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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 four young boys (Victor, Noble, Royal, Honor). He can usually […]

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