Pastor Tim Collard | Superintendent/Administrator
Pastor Collard came to Faith Baptist Church in August of 2007. He and his wife, Sandra, believe strongly in the value of Christian education. Their own two children graduated from a Christian school and college in Wisconsin.
With our former administrator, Mr. Shawn Haynie, leaving his position in order to re-enter missionary work, the FBCS Board has asked Pastor Collard to take the administrator’s position.
Mrs. Theresa Justus | Preschool Director/ Teacher
Mrs. Justus is a 1984 graduate of Faith Baptist Christian School. She completed her Christian Education degree at Fellowship Baptist College in 1987. Mrs. Justus is the wife of pastor Randy Justus of Grace Baptist Church and has taught at FBCS for fifteen years. Their three children are also graduates of FBCS!
Mrs. Justus’ life’s verse is Jeremiah 29:11, selected because it reminds her that God has a chosen path for everyone and that we can trust Him because He knows what is in store for us. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Mrs. Sandra Collard |Preschool Teacher Aide
Mrs. Collard, wife to Pastor Timothy Collard, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Pekin is serving as our preschool teacher aide three mornings a week.
Mrs. Sara Fugate | Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Fugate is the wife of Mark Fugate and a graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College of Owatonna, Minnesota and brings years of experience as a Preschool teacher and Elementary Substitute Teacher as well as experience in homeschooling their own children.
Mrs. Fugate is also very musical and enjoys playing and teaching piano, organ and flute, as well as participating in many areas of music ministry in church. She is also burdened for ministry with women in the church.
Mrs. Rachel McGee | 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. McGee joined the teaching staff in 2019. She and her husband live in Pekin. She attended FBCS as a child. She is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College and taught at Pensacola Christian School.
Mrs. Kris Gafford | 3rd and 4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Gafford joined the teaching staff of FBCS in 2019. She and her husband reside in Pekin. She is the mother of Mrs. Damotte, our secondary science teacher. She is a welcome addition to our school. Mrs. Gafford comes to us with years of teaching experience.
Miss Diane Freeman | 5th and 6th Grade Teacher
Diane earned an elementary education degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota. She began her teaching career at Faith Baptist Christian School in 1980. Miss Freeman drives the bus for many of the field trips at FBCS.
Philippians 1:6 is Miss Freeman’s life verse. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Mrs. Trisha Taylor | Elementary and Secondary Music,
Mrs. Taylor graduated from Maranatha Baptist University in 2016. She was named Maranatha’s 2016 Outstanding Musician – an honor based on musicianship, academic achievement, spiritual and character qualities, and Christian service. She also had the distinction of graduating with a double major in Music Education and Math Education – both very rigorous academic endeavors.
As Fine Arts Director, Miss Herbert will be helping bring back our instrumental music program as well as directing our Upper Elementary and Secondary Choirs.
Mrs. Shirley Pierce | Secondary English,
Mrs. Pierce is a native to our area, having grown up in East Peoria. Shirley has a B.A. degree in Guidance Counseling from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She came to FBCS in 2006 and enjoys teaching our secondary students.
When Shirley isn’t teaching at school, she is serving alongside her husband at Berea Baptist Church in Bartonville. She and Pastor Pierce have four married children and several grandchildren.
Mrs. Pierce’s favorite verse is Psalms 18:2, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
Mrs. Molly Damotte | Secondary Science,
Mrs. Damotte is an Illinois native and received her education degree from Bradley University. She brings to the classroom about a decade of various teaching experiences. Molly and her husband Dan have three children who attend F.B.C.S. Layla, Levi, and Lucy. Molly previously was a substitute here at FBCS and also taught the elementary computer class. Molly brings experience, a wonderful personality and a love of teaching to the classroom.
Mrs. Angela Dalton | Secondary Math, Bible Quiz
Mrs. Dalton comes to us from the St. Louis area. She serves alongside her husband at First Baptist Church in Morton. We welcome her as a full time secondary teacher.
Pastor Chip Herbert | Chapel Ministry Coordinator, Bible, Advanced Math
Pastor Herbert is the Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. He earned his B.S. degree in Math Education from Maranatha Baptist University. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree at Maranatha Seminary. His primary duties are with the church, but he organizes the school’s chapel program and also teaches Algebra II. Pastor Chip learned to love Christian education from his father, who is a long time Christian school administrator.
A special verse to Pastor Chip is Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus ever knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Mrs. Sarah Herbert | Piano lessons, Girls Counselor
Mrs. Herbert graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance. She then received her Masters degree in Biblical Counseling from Maranatha Baptist Seminary . She and Pastor Chip met when they were both involved in Maranatha’s Madrigal choir.
Mrs. Herbert has stepped down from an active teaching position at FBCS to be care for her children. But she is still offering private piano lessons and will be helping with counseling the girls. Verses special to Mrs. Herbert are Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalms 37:4 .
Mrs. Tonya Bunch | Office Manager
Tonya Bunch is a Pekin native and was in the fifth graduating class of Faith Baptist Christian School. She is the wife of John Bunch, the pastor of Victory Baptist Church, East Peoria. Their two daughters, Amanda and Sophia, are also graduates of FBCS and their son, Jebediah, is a senior at the school.
The family lives in South Pekin where Tonya was the Office Supervisor in the Village office previous to moving to the FBCS Office Manager position in 2017.
Mrs. Amber Swearingian | Lunchroom Supervisor
Miss Amber started as our Aftercare Director and added the Lunchroom Supervisor responsibilities when that position became vacant. She is mom to Charlette, a 3rd grader here at FBCS.
Mrs. Sandra Collard |
In 2019, Mrs. Collard accepted the Recess Supervisor position. She spends her mornings here at the school having fun with the children and teaching them many games and activities.
Mrs. Tammi Lyons | 1st-4th Grade Art, Librarian
Mrs. Lyons is an alumnus of Faith Baptist Christian School, and a graduate of Pensacola Christian College. She has three children attending FBCS and has spent many hours as our school librarian.
Mrs. Lyons’ life verse is Phil. 2:21, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”