Our Leadership Team

  • Rev. Ron French, Pastor

    revfrench@comcast.net


    Rev. Ron French was born in Decatur, growing-up in the South Shores area. A graduate of SIU, he received his Organizational Management Master’s degree from University of Phoenix and graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006. Before being called into ministry, he worked for  corporations in Colorado, Montana and Kansas.  Ron served in ministry at Olathe, KS, Omaha, NE, and in June of 2015, he was called to First Baptist Church of Decatur.  He and his wife, Donna, have two adult daughters, Kristen and Brittany.  


  • Rev. Michael Waltenberger, Minister of Music

    mwaltenberger@comcast.net


    Michael has been our Minister of Music since January 1989. He holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education from Eastern Nazarene College and a Master of Music degree from Kent State University He is a Past President of the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians. and a member of the American Guild of Organists, Choristers Guild and the American Choral Directors Association. A native of NE Ohio, he taught public school music in Massachusetts and Ohio before entering full-time ministry. He was ordained in 1984. He and his wife, PJ, are active in the community and enjoy entertaining and the theater.

  • Tina Erwin, Secretary

    decaturfbc@comcast.net


    Tina has been our secretary since April 1989. She is the smiling face and friendly voice who greets visitors who come to or call our church office during the week. She and her husband, Rick, enjoy camping, four-wheeling and riding their Harley.

  • Richard Moreau, custodian

    richardmoreau@sbcglobal.net


    Richard is our custodian and a member of our church . He also serves as a Sunday School teacher to the JOY class. He and his wife, Joan, are active in their grandchildren's lives and they are often found at their sporting events and dance recitals.. He is a music lover and collects CDs when he's not working on his Sunday School lesson.


OUR TEAM IS HERE TO MINISTER TO YOU