Our church staff is dedicated to loving God and lifting you up in prayer. We enjoy the ministries that God has given to us and we look forward to helping you grow in your relationship with God.
Matthew Clausen, Senior Pastor
Pastor Matt joined the ministry of FBC in March 2001 as the Associate Pastor. In May of 2005, he became the Senior Pastor of FBC. His passion for the church, the community, and life transformation is evident in every aspect of his leadership and teaching. Matt received his B.A. in History from Yale University and a M.Div. from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul. He and his wife, Erika, have two children, Madelyn and Isaiah.
612.332.3651 ext. 13
Ruthie Olmstead, Worship Arts Pastor
Ruthie joined the staff of FBC in March 2002. As the Director of Worship, Ruthie is responsible for designing the Sunday morning worship services, organizing special music and worship team practices, leading worship during the service, and pastoring the worship team. Ruthie has had many years of voice and piano training. She also studied music theory at Northwestern College and St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College).
Ruthie is married to Matt. They have four children Mikalah, Iain, Elsipeth, and Morna.
612.332.3651 ext. 22
Jon Ditty, Family Ministry Pastor
Jon has a passion for seeing families encounter the love of Christ together. There is a deep need for parents to be equipped as spiritual leaders for their families across the generations and this is at the core of our family ministry. Jon comes to First Baptist after years of experience working with students and families, and is excited to join in the mission of First Baptist. Jon and his wife Tracie have three fantastic children: Grace, Elise and William. When not at church you will often find Jon searching for great coffee and pastries, enjoying live music, and getting tackled by his children.
612.332.3651 ext. 16
Sharon Howat, Family Ministry Associate
Sharon was born in Chicago, but got to Texas as fast as she could and spent time in Houston and Dallas. However, her boots are now firmly planted in Bloomington, MN. She is crazy about her boys, Kai and Jay, her husband Kevin, the color orange, country music, and glitter. She is passionate about partnering with parents to help them become the spiritual leaders of their homes and creating safe and fun environments for kids to learn about God and his beloved son, Jesus. She has over 10 years of experience ministering to kids in both mega and small church environments. She is excited about the opportunity to serve kids and families at First Baptist!
612.332.3651 ext. 19
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