Meet Our Staff

The staff here at FBC is committed to our mission. We desire to serve a community of transforming, Christ-centered worshippers who build each other up to live out God's Kingdom-focused plan for the home, the Lowell community, and the nations. Let us introduce ourselves to you...

 

Pastor Jon Pickens
(Lead Pastor)

Greetings! I have been serving as the lead pastor at FBC since January of 2012. After serving students in the local church or camp ministry since 1994, God made it very clear that He wanted to use me to serve the local church by leading adults to a deeper level of discipleship. My passion is to see people pursue Jesus and be on mission with the Great Commission... to make disciples. I long to see Jesus' last words be the church's first priority. I graduated in 1996 from Cedarville University, and earned an MAR in Discipleship and Church Ministry from Liberty University School of Divinity in 2016. My wife, Trish, is my bride of 21 years and we have two children... Tori and Caleb. Tori graduated from Lowell High School in 2015 and Caleb will graduate in 2017. I love sports! I love to play golf and basketball with the guys. I also love to read and hang out with friends and family, and I dabble in music. If you come into the church, you will likely hear me break out in a random praise song... I can't help myself. I am blessed to be a part of such a great church family! You can email me here.

Pastor Andrew Bolkcom
(Pastor of Discipleship Ministries)

Hello! I have been serving as the Pastor of Discipleship Ministries at FBC since July 2018. In my role, I oversee the implementation of our Discipleship Pathway, which is our strategy for making disciples. Spiritual formation is not something that happens by accident. It takes personal intentionality and communal accountability. It is exciting to be part of a church community that is passionate about being formed into the image of Jesus, and I am privileged to oversee that pathway. I also oversee our student ministries. I graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2017 with a Master of Divinity. During seminary, I served the local church primarily in the area of worship ministry and college ministry. I also worked for an audiovisual staging company first as an audiovisual technician and later as a sales account executive. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Amy, since May 2014. My wife and I love eating great food with friends, hiking and camping, and going to concerts. I also love to play golf, and I love to read. If you’re ever reading a classic work of literature, I’d love to join you! If you would like to know more about FBC's Discipleship Pathway, please feel free to email me.

 
 

Christi Swain
(Director of Children's Ministries)

Hi! I have been serving as the Children’s Ministry Director at FBC since March 2016. Prior to serving on staff at FBC, I was a preschool director, in the local school district. I began teaching in 2008, as a preschool teacher, and enjoyed the many relationships with both students and their families. God is using my experiences from preschool education to help equip families to make their home the primary place where faith is nurtured and lived out. I am a Cornerstone University graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. My husband J.J. and I have been married since 1999. We have three children - Caleb, Zach and Lauren. I enjoy being outside, spending time with my kids and crafting. My family enjoys running road races and volunteering at camp when we have the opportunity. I am excited to be on staff, and look forward to helping families make their home a place of discipleship. If you would like to contact me, please feel free to send me an email.

 
   

Russ Race
(Building and Properties Manager)

Hello, I’m Russ Race! I have been on staff at FBC since 2011 when I worked part time as the custodian. I currently fill the role of Building and Properties Manager and can see the benefit of years spent working in maintenance and construction. I have been married to my incredible wife since 1989 after dating for 7 years! We have 4 children, the youngest just entering high school, as well as an amazing daughter-in-law. My younger years were spent chasing adventure and excitement in pretty much anything I did, so my body now says it’s time to slow down, enjoy relationships, and serve God. I really enjoy the opportunities that I get to teach and lead small groups here at FBC. I seem to learn so much more than I can possibly teach, and I get to smile and laugh while I do it! I still enjoy playing sports, hunting, and raising a variety of animals at home, I just seem to do it at a less painful and intense level. Feel free to email me.


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