(1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 28:19-20)

     Pastor John Gilliland and his wife Tracy have been serving FBC Emery since July 2016.  They came to us from Hollywood Florida, just outside of Miami.
     John received his Master of Divinity in 2010 and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Sioux Falls Seminary.
     Tracy is the K-12 voice teacher in the Bridgewater-Emery School district.
     Both John and Tracy have a passion for serving God wherever He leads them.  And fortunately, they both enjoy the snow.
     John’s passion is education and equipping.  He loves to teach the Bible and train others to do the same.  John is also available for the people of our community whenever there is a need.  Just reach out and he will do whatever he can to help.
     We are excited to see what God will do in and through our church as we study His word together and look for opportunities to join God in His mission in our community.

    Alex Decker began serving the church as Associate/Youth Pastor in June 2019. Alex has lived most of his life in southeast South Dakota and grew up attending Emery FBC. Before transitioning to vocational ministry, Alex served as a middle/high school teacher for 8 years spread amongst stints in South Dakota, Missouri, and Kansas. Teaching is a passion of Alex's and he looks forward to studying and teaching the Bible as he seeks to serve the community of believers at Emery FBC.
    Alex and his wife Suzi have 3 children and one dog. They enjoy reading, playing games, and the general shenanigans of their young children.

Senior Pastor, John and Tracy Gilliland


Larry Bahmuller, Maintenance

First Baptist Church, Emery, SD

Deb Heitzman, Secretary

Linda Glanzer, Housekeeping

Larry Bahmuller

Associate Pastor, Alex and Suzi Decker

John Gilliland