Mike started his journey with Christ at the age of 17. He was radically saved at a home for troubled teens. After completing the year-long program Mike, stayed at the home to serve as a missionary for 4 years. He worked as a mentor to troubled teens and served in other ministries. Mike started preaching in a traveling group. They went across the country speaking to teens in detention centers, jails, churches, public, and Christian schools. He shared the same hope of Christ that transformed his life. He also spent 9 months, working with orphans and teens in Korosten, Ukraine.
Mike left that ministry to attend Bible college in Missouri. He wanted to study theology, play sports, and learn more about ministry. It was there he met his wife Samantha and started his first pastoral ministry with a small country church. After 8 years serving as the student pastor, Mike and Samantha were called to a large church in Orlando, Florida.
Mike has been a coach, landscaper, and EMT. He loves to play sports, chess, martial arts, the outdoors, and loves spending time with his three young children and wife. He is passionate about the church and it’s mission to create disciples. Mike loves to teach the word of God and wants the church to meet people where they are at. “It is not enough to just go to church. We must be the church everywhere we go!” His family is excited to move back to the Midwest and begin a new chapter and position in ministry.
Phillip’s desire in his role here at First Baptist Church, is to be used to glorify and expand the kingdom of God. His main ministry objective is to serve Christ in the area of music and arts in ways that his spiritual gifts and talents will be used to uplift the name of Christ. “So, here I am. Lord, use me,” he says. As minister of Worship Arts, his primary responsibility is selecting music that will enhance the experience of congregants in the worship service. This includes: leading congregational singing, adult choir, praise band and praise team, scheduling vocal and instrumental soloists, and overseeing all other small groups and ensembles. Phillip received a Bachelor of Art in Theater with a minor in music from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Following that, he earned a Master in Church Music with a minor in Church Drama from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Gaye, have two daughters, Bailey and Mackenzie. They have called Vincennes their home since 2002.
Dedra Lewis has served in children’s ministry for over 25 years. She was an active member of FBC before she joined the ministry staff in November, 2007. She feels her mission is to share Jesus with children and their families. She loves to see the Bible come to life right in front of the kids! Her goal is to make the hour or two that kids spend in church on Sunday be the most memorable time of their whole week! Dedra’s degree in Commercial Art & Design comes to life as she demonstrates her creative gifts and talents in FBC’s Children’s ministry. She states “I believe that ministering to children is a great responsibility and I take that responsibility very seriously.” She makes her home in Vincennes and enjoy music, movies, sports and hanging out with family and friends.
Susan Stremming has been employed at First Baptist Church since August 2011. Susan and her husband Larry live in Vincennes with their daughter, Jessica.