Teachers and Staff

Pastor Tim Collard Superintendent; Secondary Bible

Pastor Collard came to Faith Baptist Church in August of 2007. He holds degrees from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga and Northland Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Sandra, met as college students and have been happily married over 40 years.

Pastor and Sandy believe strongly in the value of Christian education. Their children attended a Christian school and are both graduates of Maranatha Baptist Bible College. The Collards are enjoying the grandparent phase of life with their two young grandchildren.


  Jon Kincaid | Administrator; Science; Boys PE

Jon Kincaid, a 1984 graduate of FBCS, grew up in Pekin and attended Faith Baptist Church. He and his wife, Regina, met while at Maranatha Baptist Bible College. After his graduation, Jon and his bride taught at Harvest Christian Academy in Guam for 10 years. 

Since returning to central Illinois, Jon has taught at Peoria Christian and also at Illinois Central Christian School, where he served as principal for four years. Jon is known throughout the area as a coach and athletic director. He and Gina have three adult children and are the proud grandparents of their first grandchild.


                                                                                                                            Mrs. Theresa Justus | Preschool Director/ Teacher

Mrs. Justus is a 1984 graduate of Faith Baptist Christian School and went on to complete a degree in Christian Education at Fellowship Baptist College. Theresa has taught at FBCS for twenty-one years. She and her husband, Pastor Randy Justus, serve the Lord at Grace Baptist Church. They are strong advocates for our school. Their three children all graduated from FBCS, and their grandchildren are current students.


                                                                               Mrs. Sandra Collard |Preschool Teacher Aide

Mrs. Collard, pastor’s wife here at Faith Baptist Church, serves as our teacher’s aide in the preschool. Her responsibilities include giving the K3 students a separate academic time several mornings each week. Sandy has grandchildren the same age and enjoys assisting with the preschool students.




   Mrs. Sara Fugate  | Kindergarten Teacher  

Mrs. Fugate is a graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College of Owatonna, Minnesota and brings years of experience in working with children to our kindergarten classroom. Her musical ability in piano, organ, and flute is a big help in our elementary choirs.

Sara and her husband, Mark, have three grown children and adore their three grandsons.


Mrs. ReGina Kincaid | 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher 

 Mrs. Kincaid has been an elementary teacher for 30 years and joins our staff this year as our 1st & 2nd grade teacher. A graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Gina double-majored in Elementary Education and Sacred Music.

Gina and her husband, Jon, are the parents of three adult children and are very proud of their first grandchild. They look forward to their new ministry here at FBCS.



Mrs. Kris Gafford | 3rd and 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Gafford was a welcome addition to our teaching staff in 2019. A graduate of Bradley University, she is a veteran teacher who fills her classroom with enthusiasm. A special delight for Kris is seeing her daughter, Mrs. Molly DaMotte, and three of her grandchildren at school every day.



Miss Diane Freeman | 5th and 6th Grade Teacher

Miss Freeman earned a degree in Elementary Education from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota.  She is a veteran educator who has taught here at FBCS since 1980. Diane is considered a “master teacher” by her coworkers. She has embraced technology in her classroom and is creative in her teaching methods.




                                                                                                                                   Mrs. Shirley Pierce | Secondary English; Speech 

Mrs. Pierce grew up in East Peoria and later graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, with a B.A. degree in Guidance Counseling. Shirley has a delightful sense of humor and enjoys teaching our secondary students.

Shirley and her husband, Pastor Bill Pierce, serve the Lord at Berea Baptist Church in Bartonville.  They have four married children and enjoy their grandchildren.


Mrs. Molly Damotte | Secondary Science; History; Girls PE

Mrs. Damotte is an Illinois native and received her education degree from Bradley University. Molly and her husband, Dan, have three children who are students at FBCS. With a decade of  various teaching experiences, she brings insight and a love of teaching to the classroom.


                                                                  Mrs. Angela Dalton | Secondary Math; Bible Quiz

In her second year here at FBCS, Mrs. Dalton came to us from the St. Louis area. Angela is a graduate of Lindenwood University.  She is creative in her approach to teaching math and seeks to help each student succeed.

Angela serves alongside her husband, Sam, in the youth ministry at First Baptist Church in Morton.


Mrs. Curtis | Spanish, Computer

A graduate of Northland Baptist Bible College, Mrs. Curtis joined the staff of FBCS in 2019.  Elizabeth is an “MK” (missionary kid) who was raised in Brazil and brings a multi-cultural aspect to her classroom. Elizabeth and her husband, Marcus, have three children who are students at FBCS.


                                   Pastor Chip Herbert | Chapel Ministry Coordinator; Advanced Math 

Pastor Herbert is the Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. He graduated from Maranatha Baptist Bible College with a degree in Math Education and also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Maranatha Baptist Seminary.  His primary duties are with the church, but he organizes the school’s chapel program and also teaches Advanced Math.  Pastor Chip and his wife, Sarah, are the proud parents of three daughters.


Mrs. Tonya Bunch | Office Manager

Mrs. Bunch is a Pekin native and was in the fifth graduating class of FBCS. Her three children are also graduates of the school.  Tonya and her husband, Pastor John Bunch, serve the Lord at Victory Baptist Church in East Peoria. They are the proud grandparents of one granddaughter.

Tonya has managed the school office since 2017 and has worked hard to update and streamline the office procedures.




                         Mr. Mark Fugate                                                                Mr. Marcus Curtis                                                          Mrs. Sabrina Holmes

                       Financial Manager                                                                Recess Director                                                            Lunchroom Supervisor