Staff

Warren J. Hoffman

Senior Pastor

I am the primary teacher and preacher at First Baptist.  I see myself as a lead member of the team by encouraging, providing vision and strategy to accomplish our mission:  Love God and Love Others.  I joined the First Baptist team in September 2013.

Some interesting facts about me are that my wife and I absolutely love our dogs, Augie and Dieter (they eat scrambled eggs for breakfast every morning), we have a great affection for spicy foods and get excited about traveling.  If we have a weakness, it would be collecting fine china (don't ask how many tea cups we have!)

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Kelly Lashly

Associate Pastor for Ministry Development

Pastor Kelly is strategically next in line to Pastor Warren. Pastor Kelly oversees the organizational systems of the church and helps Pastor Warren keep the organizational big picture in mind. Pastor Kelly shares staff supervision responsibilities with Pastor Warren and also oversees First Baptist Small Group Ministry; Connections Ministry (Outreach and Assimilation of guests); and Partner (volunteer) development. Pastor Kelly is a member of the preaching team and joined First Baptist staff on December 1, 2014.

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Katie Mashek

Associate Pastor to Children and Families

My ministry includes all things ‘kids!’ I work with infants through 5th graders and their families.  From childcare to Sunday school, Wednesday night church, VBS, Christmas ministries and everything in between, I love shepherding kids as they learn more about Jesus and what it means to be a follower of Christ.   I also enjoy leading chapels for the preschoolers and First BASE daycare kids of our Children’s Center.  I joined the First Baptist team in August 2011.

An interesting fact about me is that I tend to trip up and down stairs a lot.  One time I fell down some stairs holding a plate of cookies and a glass of milk and did not spill even a drop of milk.  I’m talented that way!

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Ryan Pennington

Associate Pastor to students

I hangout with middle and high school students and teach them about Jesus and the significance of following Him. I lead ONE Student Ministry youth group on Wednesday evenings with 15+ volunteers from 6:30-8:00pm! I also lead ONE Awakening (Sunday School) every Sunday morning at 10 am.  I began working with the youth ministry on January 29th of 2014.

I love the Nebraska Huskers football team, have thrown a hole-in-one in Frisbee golf, and work part-time at Coffea Roasterie and Espresso Bar! 

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Seth Dekkenga

associate Pastor for worship Ministry

My responsibilities include giving pastoral oversight to the various worship ministries at First B. Specifically, I lead worship for contemporary worship and make sure our technology for worship gatherings and other events at the church are set up and working well.  I joined the team in May 2015.

I love good coffee… and good food, but especially coffee :-) I especially enjoy locally roasted coffee. My top 3 for coffee shops are Coffea, Pure Bean, and Black Sheep. My top 3 for restaurants are Sanaa’s, Qdoba, and Shahi Palace.

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Vic Lehman

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

My main focus is Senior Adults. I lead three Bible Studies each week, visit at the hospital weekly and hospice as needed, take communion to home-bound people on a regular schedule, and visit other Seniors who are struggling or in transition. I also assist in Sunday worship, conduct funerals and organize three annual events (Spring Fling dinner, Hymn Sing and Memory service).  I joined the staff in the fall of 2014 in a part time capacity.

I enjoy reading inspirational fiction, writing and editing. I also like good baking, but not with pumpkin. 

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Steve Cook

Facility Manager

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Michelle Van't Hul

Business Manager

My responsibilities include accounting, human resources, IT, and helping with the online presence of the church.  I joined the team in December 2015 as the Ministry Assistant.

An interesting fact about me is that I am a real food junkie…that loves any baked goods that come around! My favorite thing to drink is hot water with lemon.

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Lisette Eskam

Ministry Assistant

It is my job to make people feel welcome, both on the phone and in person.   It is also my job to know what is going on around the church and where people are in the building.  The thing I hear the most is “Maybe you know…”    If you see a piece of paper around the building, it most likely came from my computer or touched my hands.  I joined First Baptist in November of 2016.

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Debra Sherley

Ministry Assistant

 

Steve Cook

Facilities Manager

 

Harald Gruber

Lead Custodian

 

 

 

Sheena Christensen

Children's Center Director

It is my job to provide leadership and manage the day to day operations of the First Baptist Church Children's Center and services in conjunction with the mission and vision of First Baptist Church. I joined the team in July 2016.

An interesting fact about me is that I can say the alphabet backwards...thanks to an alphabet picture by my bed as a child!  One of my favorite things to do is play volleyball. 

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