Meet our staff

  • REV. Bernie Jackson

    Senior Pastor


    Bernie Jackson has been our senior pastor since June 2000. He came to First Baptist from a position as Associate Executive Minister for the Indianapolis Region of American Baptist Churches, USA. During the years 1981-86 he served our congregation as an Associate Pastor. Bernie is a life-long American Baptist and his father is a retired ABC pastor. He is a graduate of Judson College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Barbara have three children, Brandon, Brittany and Brianna. 

  • REV. john campbell

    Associate pastor - youth & adult Discipleship


    John Campbell has served as our Youth Minister since August of 2007 and as our Associate Pastor of Youth and Discipleship since 2013. He is a graduate of Purdue University and completed his Masters of Divinity through Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife Becca have two sons, Gavin and Judson. 

  • tim bennett

    Associate pastor - music & WOrship

    Tim Bennett has served as our Music & Worship pastor since February of 2018 when he and his wife Christy moved to Terre Haute. He is a graduate of Ball State University and Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. 

  • Jill kirchoff

    Children's minister


    Jill Kirchoff has served as our Children's Minister since 2007, but is a long time member of the First Baptist family. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University. Jill and her husband Marc have two children, Jonathan and Jessie. 

  • gina dorsett

    first friends preschool director


    Gina has served as our Preschool Director since 2010. Gina and her husband Brian have three children, Brandon, Abby, and Brittany and one grandchild! 

  • darlene thomas

    administrative assistant

    Darlene is the best administrative assistant in the entire world.  She began serving at First Baptist in 2016 and makes everyone else's work so much easier. Darlene has two children, Ryan and Kelsey.