Teachers and Staff

Tim Collard 2014






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. Melissa Risner |Preschool Co-Teacher/ 1st grade Co-Teacher

Mr. Risner, wife to Vernon Risner, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Pekin is serving as our preschool co-teacher three mornings a week and she teaches our first grade class in the afternoons.  Our elementary students also learn from her in computer class once 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.


  Miss Carol Fryman | 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

A native of Pekin, Miss Fryman received her teaching degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota.  FBCS has been privileged to have her as an elementary teacher for over 30 years.

A verse that’s very special to Carol is II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”


  MrsBethany Callison | 3rd and 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Callison joined the teaching staff of FBCS in 2018. She and her husband Cal, Pastor of Richland Baptist Church in East Peoria,  have three children, Javan, Kenan, and Asher. Their family is a welcome addition to our school.  Mrs. Callison 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, Advanced Math

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.  She will also be teaching some of our upper level math classes.


  Mrs. Shirley Pierce | Secondary English, Speech

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, Government

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.


  Mr. Josh John | Secondary Bible

Josh John is know to our students as “Mr. Josh”.  Our students have grown to love Mr. Josh during TNT the past couple of years. He joined the FBCS staff in 2018 and co-teaches secondary Bible, Geography, and World History. Mr. Josh was recently engaged and looks forward to a 2019 wedding.


  Miss Alicia Ramirez | Spanish

Mrs. Ramirez  lived in Mexico for 10 years and speaks Spanish fluently.  She is a pleasant addition to the FBCS Staff.


  Mrs. Carol Cole | Bible Quiz

After retiring from FBCS, Mrs. Cole has agreed to come back and teach our Bible Quiz Class.  She and her husband have many years of experience coaching Bible Quiz teams. Their  2015 team made it to the National tournament.


  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.”


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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 junior 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/ Aftercare Director

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 | Recess Supervisor

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.”