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Leadership & Staff

Under the direction of Christ, our leaders seek to demonstrate the love and concern of our heavenly Father. Please do not hesitate to contact them with your needs.

Elders:

Mike
Mike Johnson, Elder

Mike and his family have been attending FBC since 2001. He was a deacon for one term and a few years later joined the elder board, serving since 2010. Mike works in Corporate Finance and has an Accounting degree from Bob Jones University and an MBA from Miami University (Ohio). He and his wife, Paula, have been married since 1992 and have three children: Lindsay, Alyssa, and Luke.

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Chad Knudson, Pastor of Preaching and Teaching

Chad came to FBC in June of 2015. Chad received his MDiv and ThM degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chad has been married to his wife Roberta since 1999, and they have four boys.

Chad Knudson

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Kurt Larson, Pastor of Discipleship and Administration

Kurt has been on staff at FBC since June of 2011. He served in the US Navy before working in the business world for a number of years. He holds a degree in music and attended a small Bible Institute in New England. He has an MBA and an MA in Biblical Counseling from The Master's College and is an ACBC-certified biblical counselor. He and his wife Sue have been at FBC since 2001. They have 5 adult children and 14 (and counting!) grandchildren.

Kurt Larson

Ian
Ian Masterson, Elder 

Ian and his family began attending FBC in late 1994, shortly after moving to the Indianapolis area from Connecticut.  Ian and his wife Jennifer have been married since 1978; they have two daughters; Kate and Amy (Lurker) a son-in-law Drew Lurker and two grandchildren (Nora and Evan). Ian served as a deacon for one term and starting serving as an elder in 2000.  Ian is retired and has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Marist College, a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Ph.D. in Material Science and Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  

Rob
Rob Schloemer, Pastor of Family Ministries and Outreach

Rob has been on the staff of FBC since November of 2008.  He previously pastored in Valley Center, California. Rob earned his MDiv. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed his undergraduate work at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Rob married his best friend, Lori, in 1998 and the Lord has blessed them with three children: Robbie, Zachary, and Katie Jo. 

Rob Schloemer

Sam
Sam Thompson, Elder 

Sam has been attending First Baptist since 2011. He was appointed elder in 2018. Sam is a retired urologist. He and Frances were married in 1984 and have three grown children, two grandchildren and more on the way.

 

Deacons:

Nathan
Nathan Beadle, Deacon of Special Projects

Nathan Beadle and his wife, Kim, began attending FBC in 1996. They have three grown children, Katie, Eric (married to Maddie), and Nate. Nathan graduated from Taylor University in 1988 with degree in Business Systems. Nathan worked as a consultant for a global technology firm for 25 years. He currently works as the COO for Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis. He has served as a deacon for FBC for the past 4 years.

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Nathan Faulks, Deacon of Ordinances and Welcome Ministry

Nathan has been involved at FBC since 2015. He attended Appalachian State University where he studied physics and lab automation. He currently works for Aptiv as an automotive test engineer. Nathan and his wife Hannah enjoy raising their son (Benjamin), reading books, hiking, and talking about the Scriptures. 

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David Marshall, Deacon of Building and Benevolence

David and his family attended FBC in the seventies and returned to the church in 1996 after being away for nineteen years. He has served as deacon for several years. Since his retirement, David has taught math in several for-profit colleges. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two grown children and three grandchildren.

Joe
Joe Thompson, Deacon of Transportation and Security

Joe has been at FBC since 2015.  He graduated from Wheaton College as an undergraduate and is now finishing his DDS degree from IU School of Dentistry. Joe and his wife Kathryn are blessed to have two young children (Emma and Isaac) with another on the way.

Brandon
Brandon Young, Deacon of Grounds and Benevolence

Brandon and wife, Mandy, have attended FBC since 2012. Originally from Fort Wayne, Brandon moved to Indianapolis after graduating from Cedarville University. He works in information security in the Carmel area. Brandon enjoys playing sports and coaching kids, being outside, and biking. Brandon, Mandy, and their growing family reside in Carmel.

Church Staff: 

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Jonah Ferguson, Worship Director

Jonah Ferguson has been a member of  First Baptist Church of Carmel since 2006.  He has been a part of the Worship Team since 2007, and in April of 2018, Jonah began serving as the Worship Director. He and his wife, Andrea, live in the Indianapolis area with their children. Jonah’s family loves music, food, and books. Jonah is thankful to know Jesus and to serve His church.

Jonah Ferguson

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Joetta Harvey, Administrative Assistant

Joetta has been in the FBC office since July of 2011. She is back in the work force after staying home for eighteen years to raise her three children: Luke, Rebekah and Lydia. Joetta holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and music education from the University of Indianapolis and a master’s degree in elementary education from Butler University. She taught in the classroom for ten years before starting a family. Brian and Joetta have been married since 1990 and have been attending First Baptist Church since 1988.

 Joetta Harvey 

 

Luke
Luke Harvey, Building Custodian

Luke has been attending FBC his entire life. He is currently finishing his degree at IUPUI where he is earning a double major in Math and Physics. 

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Mel Knouse, Building Maintenance

Mel was saved in September 1977. He married Debbie in October 1978. They have two adult children, Brian and Sarah and five grandchildren. Mel and Debbie have been attending FBC since 1985.