Staff & Strategy

Steve BatemanSteve Bateman, Senior Pastor

Steve Bateman was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. degree from Columbia International University in 1983, his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2004. For four years he was a youth pastor at Northwest Bible Church in Houston, Texas, and then a singles pastor at McKinney Memorial Bible Church in Ft. Worth, Texas for three years before coming to First Bible Church of Decatur in 1992. He and his wife, Lori were married in 1985 and have two children, Josh and Joy.

Bruce EllsworthBruce Ellsworth, Worship Pastor

Bruce Ellsworth has served at First Bible Church since January, 1993. A native of Springfield, Illinois, Bruce graduated from Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham with a double major in Bible and Church Music. His previous ministry experience has been in Bible churches in Charlotte, North Carolina and in Venice, Florida. Bruce is a gifted choral conductor, vocalist, musician, and worship planner. He and his wife, Beth have been married since 1982 and have two children, Alexandra and Zachary.

Vance HelmsVance Helms, Pastor of Discipleship

Vance Helms grew up in Advance, North Carolina. He earned a B.A. from N.C. State in 1990 and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2000. He was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for eight years, serving at Louisiana Tech, the University of Georgia, and the University of Kentucky. Vance came to First Bible Church in 2002 after working at Pantego Bible Church in Arlington, TX. His passion is teaching God’s Word for life application, and his motivation for ministry is to see others take the next step in their journey towards Christian maturity. He and his wife Katherine married in 1996 and have two daughters, Maggie and Mimi, and one son, Joby.

Jess MontegudoJess Montegudo, Associate Pastor

Jess Montegudo, a native of Louisiana, has a great love for ministering to people. Jess received his B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1981 and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1985. Jess joined the FBC staff in October, 2005 after serving eleven years at Apple’s Chapel Christian Church in Gibsonville, North Carolina where he served as Associate Pastor/Christian Education Director. Jess and his wife Janet were married in 1980 and have three daughters.

Paul CheshierePaul Cheshier, Pastor of Assimilation

Paul Cheshier is a native of south Arkansas. Paul received his B.S. from Columbia International University in 1984 and a Masters of Ministry from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago in 1997. He and his family served on the mission field for 6 years with Paul serving as Chaplain/Teacher at Dauli Teachers’ College with Pioneers in Papua New Guinea. From 1999 to 2005 he served First Bible Church as Associate Pastor and from 2005 till 2008 he served as a missionary instructor in Mexico with Central American Missions. He rejoined FBC in January 2009 to share Christ with those who do not know Him and help believers grow in the understanding and application of the Word of God. Paul and his wife Hope were married in 1984 and have four children; Ashley, Hunter, Marshall and Alainnah.

Wayne Campbell Wayne Campbell,  Madison Campus Pastor

Born in Jackson, MS, Wayne lived in Starkville, MS, Wilmington, OH, and then graduated high school in Tupelo, MS. He graduated from Union University in 2005 with a double major in Christian Ethics and Computer Science. After coming to First Bible Church in 2005, Wayne completed his Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from Southern Seminary in May of 2010. During college he served on staff with two different Churches and a youth camp. Wayne’s passion is to develop disciples that lead others to the Lord. Wayne and his wife, Brittany were married in March of 2013 and have one son, Rowen.

Andrew Calvert Andrew Calvert, Madison Campus Associate Worship Director

Andrew Calvert was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. He has a passion for leading God’s people in worship and has been doing so since he was a junior in High School. Andrew is currently pursuing his B.A. in Christian Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Birmingham. He began serving at the Madison Campus of First Bible Church in August of 2013. Andrew is also involved with leading worship for Celebrate Recovery and the Student Ministries at First Bible Church Decatur Campus. Andrew and his wife, Allie were married in July of 2013.

Alexander RobertsAlexander Roberts, Pastor to Students

Alexander Roberts (aka Xander) grew up in Owensboro, KY. Alexander attended Murray State University and graduated with his B.S. in Outdoor Recreation in 2007. Also in 2007, Xander moved to Alabama and joined the staff of First Bible Church as Associate Director of Student Ministries. He attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with his Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry in 2012.  He and his wife Emily were married in 2008.

Alexander RobertsMatthew Dubach, Associate Director of Student Ministry

Matthew was born and raised in Decatur, AL. He graduated from Columbia international University with a B. S. in biblical studies and Bible teaching in May 2014. He and his wife Natalie have been married since January 2014. Matt joined the staff of First Bible in May 2014 after serving as an intern for the 3 previous summers, and is currently pursuing a masters of divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kelly_Martin_webKelly Martin, Nursery/Preschool Coordinator

Kelly grew up in Decatur and is a trained dental hygienist. She has been the FBC Preschool Coordinator since August 2009 and the Nursery/Preschool Coordinator since August 2010. She and her family have been members of First Bible since 2006. She realizes the importance of providing a caring environment for the children in the Nursery. Parents must be comfortable leaving children in the nursery so they are able to focus on God’s Word and fellowship with other believers. Kelly and her husband Shawn married in October of 2000 and have two children.

Christy_JacobsMary Gail Olinger, Children’s Ministry Director
Madison Campus

Mary Gail was born and raised in Decatur.  She graduated from Athens State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1991 and married her husband, Phil, a week later.  They have two daughters, Kristin and Hannah.  Mary Gail taught Spanish at the elementary and high school level for 11 years.  She became Children’s Director at the Madison Campus in 2014. Mary Gail feels very humbled and blessed to be able to have a part in helping children to know, love, obey, and exalt Jesus Christ.

Telete_Chappell_webTelete Chappell, Elementary Coordinator
Telete grew up in Florence, Alabama and graduated from the University of North Alabama with a B.S. in Marketing. Telete has been on staff with First Bible since 2008 and has served as Children’s Ministry Assistant. She and her husband Scott have been married since 1991 and have two children, Ann Whitney and Seaborn. Our vision for the Children’s Ministry is to pour our lives into children, preparing them for a saving knowledge of our Lord!


Earl_Baker_webEarlene Baker, Administrative Assistant

Ronne_Harvell_webRonne Harvell, Business Manager

Amy_HoldbrooksAmy Holdbrooks, Children’ s Ministry Assistant

Beth_Ellsworth_webBeth Ellsworth, Receptionist, Secretary

Rosemary_Whiteside_webCheryl Vinton, Administrative Assistant Student Ministry

Rosemary_Whiteside_webJoy Conway, Children’s Ministry Assistant

Darrel_Phillips_webDarrel Phillips, Director of Facilities

Marty_Nowak_webMarty Nowak, Facilities Assistant

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