Leadership



  • Steven Claspell- Senior Pastor

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    Pastor Steven Claspell has been serving in a Pastoral Ministry since May 1995 and in various churches in Indiana. He is a graduate of Asbury Seminary where he obtained a Master of Divinity. He has a Love for The Word of God, and a desire to do the will of God. He is very excited about the ministry of First Baptist Church and what God is doing here at First Baptist. 

  • Julie lauer- Music Director

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    Julie Lauer is a native of Evansville. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Louisville. In addition to serving as Music Director at First Baptist, she is kindergarten teacher at Caze Elementary School.  Julie serves as Adult and Children's Choir Director, as well as being the worship music leader.  She also served as church pianist.  She sings with the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, and is a member of the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians and the Choristers Guild.  She loves to encourage and teach others to develop their own musical gifts to be used as praise our Lord.

  • Ben Smith- Youth Director

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    Ben has a passion to see students and young adults encounter Christ. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Media Communications. He works for Thy Word Network in Evansville, and loves leading students in Bible study, trips and various activities to have fun and deepen their faith. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, playing drums, video editing and organizing RiverCity Faithfest.