9:00 - Traditional | 10:30 - Contemporary

Childcare is provided at both services

When you visit on a Sunday morning, you have a choice of two services: 9:00 and 10:30. We hope that both make you feel comfortable and help you worship the Lord and learn from his Word; however, if you prefer a certain style, there are a few differences between them.  Our 9:00 service includes traditional hymns, while the 10:30 includes a band. The sermon is the same at both services, and there is a fellowship time between them. Nursery childcare is available during both the 9:00 and 10:30 services for children ages newborn through 3.  Children 4 and over are welcome to stay with their parents during the service or to dismiss to children’s church after the first few songs. In addition, an interpreter can be present at the 10:30 service for those who would like sign language.

 

Pastors, Elders, and Deacons

Our church leadership is comprised of pastors, elders, deacons, and ministry leaders. Meet our pastors below.

 
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KEVIN RUTLEDGE, LEAD TEACHING pastor

Kevin has a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies, an MA in Theology, and nearly twenty years of ministry experience. His latest adventure involved starting a new church in a city with the lowest percentage of Bible-believing Christians in the United States. He adores his wife and four kids, who have served God together with him as a family. Kevin is passionate about God and His Word, and genuinely loves people. So, he lives to see people connect deeply with God through the love and amazing grace of Christ. Kevin and his wife, Sundi, have 4 children: Ryleigh, Zander, Lily and Canon.

nate miller, pastor of WORSHIP & TEACHING

Pastor Nate Miller is the Associate Pastor of Worship & Teaching. Nate is a graduate of Judson University with a degree in youth ministry/adolescent studies. He is a native of Sycamore and has attended FBC since the first week his parents brought him home from the hospital. Nate’s first foray into the wild world of youth ministry came as a high school junior when Pastor Bill gave him a chance to lead the junior high youth group.

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steve persson, pastor-at-large

Pastor Steve Persson is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Northern Illinois University, and Wheaton College Graduate School. He has served at FBC since 1974 – first as a youth pastor, then spending one year in the Philippines as a missionary, and as senior pastor since 1981. He and wife, Jaime, have 6 children: Leah (Noel), Hannah, Deborah (Keenan), Luke, Mark (Michelle) and Matthew. They are the proud grandparents of a grandson, Noel George, and a granddaughter, Karis.

BILL BADAL, PASTOR EMERITUS

Pastor Bill is retired, but remains with us in an emeritus role. Bill moved to the United States in his early teens, having grown up in a Christian home in Baghdad, Iraq. He received his bible training at Moody extension school. Bill and his wife, Michele, have 2 sons: Joel (Lisa) and Tim (Amanda), and they are the proud grandparents of 8 grandchildren: Noah, Joshua, Luke, Rebekah, Jacoub, Matthew, Lydia and JoAnna.

OUR MISSION IS TO ATTRACT AND WIN PEOPLE TO CHRIST, DEVELOP THEM INTO HIS LIKENESS, AND EQUIP THEM FOR MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH, THE COMMUNITY, AND THE WORLD, IN ORDER TO MAGNIFY THE LORD.

FBC Sycamore is a Bible-believing, Baptist Christian church.  Read more about our specific beliefs below.

The Bible
We believe that the Bible is God’s only written communication to us and is our ultimate source of Truth. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)

The Trinity
We believe that God is one, yet he exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 8:6)

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, being God, co-equal with God, created earth, sustains earth and came to live on earth as a man. He lived a perfect life, died on a cross and rose from the dead. (Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Salvation
We believe that sin separates us from God. Since we have all sinned, we each need personal forgiveness in order to have a right relationship with God. The Bible teaches that forgiveness comes with God. The Bible teaches that forgiveness comes only when we believe Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins and we personally trust him to save us. (Romans 6:23, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit lives within true believers, helping them to obey God. (John 14:26, John 16:13, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, John 16:8).

The Church
We believe that God has many groups of people throughout the world that make up his Church. They are committed to worshiping Jesus, helping each other and doing Christ’s work until he returns. (1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:11-13)

The Resurrection
We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and now is in heaven and that he will soon come back to earth to take true believers to be with him. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

Baptism
We believe baptism is a symbol: the old life, without Christ being buried; and the new life, with Christ being made alive. Therefore, we believe the baptism discussed in the Bible means to submerse and is conferred upon believers who can make a clear confession of faith. (Matthew 3:13-16, Acts 8:34-38

Communion
This is observed in obedience to the Lord’s command. (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:28-29)

Church Membership
We are not instructed in the Bible to become members of a church. God’s church is composed of all churches that confess Jesus to be the Son of God. Becoming a member of FBC allows you to vote on issues discussed at church business meetings. Other than that, we are to conduct ourselves as the first century Christians did. (Acts 2) We do encourage all members to be actively serving the Lord in some capacity. (Hebrews 9:14, Ephesians 5:19-21)