Our leadership is spiritually inspired to help First Baptist grow as we serve the community.
Dr. Rob Collins
Music • Young Adult Leader
Mark Grizzard serves as Music Director and Young Adults Leader. He directs the Chancel Choir and Youth Band, and he coordinates other ensembles including the guitar ensemble Higher Ground, Men’s Choir, and special-event music groups. He also leads the youth group and organizes small group activities for young adults.
In addition to his work at the church, Mark is an adjunct School of Music faculty member at Illinois State University, and he has years of professional experience as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, and clinician. He lives in Peoria with his wife Leigh.
Dr. Joshua Russell
Dr. Joshua Russell plays the piano and organ for worship services and additional functions at First Baptist Church. He has performed throughout the world as a concert pianist, organist, and conductor and is recognized as a leading expert on the piano music of Haiti. He frequently appears as a soloist with orchestras across North America and is a sought-after speaker on topics related to music performance and teaching.
Handbell Choir Director
Sandy Johansen joined the staff at First Baptist on April 2009. She brings 30-plus years of administrative experience to the role of Church Secretary. Some of her duties include greeting and assisting visitors and callers, producing the weekly church newsletter and worship bulletins, and preparing the slides for Sunday worship service. She lives in Medina township with her husband of 17 years, Jeff Johansen.