Tony Pierce – Senior Pastor
Pastor Tony & Teresa came to First Baptist Church of Fountain Hills on the 1st of April 2006. Tony has been in ministry for over 30 years serving in five churches. The first church he served as Associate Pastor for Youth while still in college at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. The Pierce’s have served four Arizona churches as Senior Pastor & wife; Pima Street Baptist in Tucson, First Baptist in San Manuel, Skyline Fellowship in Mesa, and now here in Fountain Hills. Pastor Tony is a veteran who served in the US Army Military Police Corps in Japan. Tony & Teresa have two grown children--Drew, his wife Kathy and daughters Riley and Avery; Shiloh, her husband, David, son Owen and daughter Olive. The motto for Pastor Tony’s ministry through the years has been a simple one, but directs what he does, “Preach the Word, Love the People.”
Clifford Vick - Associate Pastor
Clifford and Beverly Vick both consider Arizona to be their home. Bev grew up in Tucson, and Cliff moved to Arizona from New Mexico in 1960. Cliff attended Camelback High School in Phoenix. Cliff and Bev met at church while both were students at the University of Arizona. After they were married, they transferred to Grand Canyon College, where they both graduated. Cliff graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1973 with a Masters in Divinity Degree. Cliff has pastored churches in Texas, Oregon, and Arizona. In 1984, while pastoring in Portland, Oregon, they were appointed as International Mission Board missionaries to Belgium. They pioneered Baptist work among the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) Belgians. After eight years, they resigned to accept the call to serve as Pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona (The Heart of Mesa). He pastored there for nine years. In 2001, Cliff and Bev were reappointed as IMB missionaries to serve in Pretoria, South Africa. They helped plant churches, train pastors, and encourage and strengthen Baptist work until they retired in 2013. Currently, they live in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They are emeritus missionaries with the International Mission Board serving a total of 21 years as IMB missionaries. They now live close to their three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Ruthann Baker - Children's Director
God's plan for Ruthann involved a 4000-mile move from the wilds of Alaska in 2013 to the beautiful desert in Arizona. A lifelong Alaskan, Ruthann holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where coincidentally, she met her soul mate David. They share their Fountain Hills home with their three beautiful children; Clara 18, Elizabeth 16, and David Jr. 13. As well as an embarrassingly large number of beloved pets.
Ruthann has held a variety of professional positions in the Accommodation/ Tourism and Real Estate industries. However, because David Jr. was diagnosed with Autism at an early age, after much prayer, she felt called to dedicate the majority of her time since leaving Alaska to being a full-time mother and an active advocate for special-needs children in Arizona.
Her position at Fountain Hills Baptist Church fulfills a special dream that she has shared since becoming a Christian at age eight during a children's Sunday school class; to work with a children's ministry team specifically tasked with bringing children of all ages to Christ.
Steve & Ashley Trussell - Youth Directors
Steve and Ashley have been volunteering together in children’s ministries since the day they were married. Steve grew up in church and really enjoyed the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school. He served as a youth leader at Sun Valley Community Church and Mission Community Church for several years. He enjoys volunteering and charitable projects. Ashley has been a member of First Baptist Church of Fountain Hills since 1986, where she was baptized! She was raised by her devout Christian parents and by the First Family. Her favorite author and books are Love Does and Everybody Always by Bob Goff, “where only action becomes love.”
Wendy Atwood - Preschool Director
I was born in British Columbia, Canada, but raised in the beautiful state of Washington. I have a degree in Counseling Psychology from San Diego Christian College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix. I married my one and only true love in 1998. God brought us to FBCFH in 2003, where I have been actively involved in various nursery/ pre-school/ children’s ministries. After being blessed with three biological children, my husband and I became licensed, foster care parents. God, in His infinite wisdom, allowed us to adopt our youngest two children from foster care, and now our family of seven is complete. My family and I enjoy spending time on the water, either on a boat, at the beach or in the pool.
Donna De Smet - Ministry Assistant
Donna has been fulfilling her role as Ministry Assistant at FBCFH since March 1, 2001. Born in Argentina, South America, to parents who were serving as missionaries in that Country. Donna accepted the Lord as Savior at a young age, but at the age of 16, she knew that God had a special purpose for her life and that He was leading her to work with children.
Roxana Daymude - Church Treasurer
Roxana is happily married to Randy and has three fantastic children: two daughters and one son (Breeann, Morgan, and Dillon). They joined FBC in 1986, and she became Treasurer in 2004. She LOVES the truth of God's Word & the biblical outline He gave us to live by. She enjoys people (especially teenagers), traveling, and reading a good book. Her favorite saying is, "LAUGHTER IS AN INSTANT VACATION" by Milton Berle. She believes life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
Tim Bennett - Worship Leader
Tim has been a member of The First Family since 1997 when he moved to Fountain Hills along with his wife Bambi and his two daughters, McKenna and Elise. Tim and Bambi have served FBCFH in a variety of roles over the years while they raised their daughters in the church. The entire family has enjoyed the benefits of their involvement and the Biblical foundation they have received from the ministries at FBCFH.
During this time, Tim has also been highly involved with the worship team playing the acoustic guitar. Most recently, he took on the role of directing The First Family worship team. Tim’s desire is for the worship team to provide a meaningful and unified musical worship experience as they join together with the congregation to glorify the Lord!
Jeanne Canham - Choir Director
Jeanne loves music and has participated in church choirs since childhood. She accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior at age eight and has grown up in Baptist churches, where her mom served as Pastor's secretary. Her favorite verse is Zephaniah 3:17, which includes many important characteristics of God, and in the NIV says: "He rejoices over you with singing." Jeanne and Keith were married at First Baptist Church of Scottsdale in 1975 and have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three granddaughters. Jeanne has taught mathematics at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for 30 years.