Our Pastors

Matt Morrell

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Matt was raised in a pastor's home and graduated from Northland International University in 1998. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002 and his Doctor of Ministry from Northland International University in 2010. During his seminary years, he served as the assistant pastor at Chisago Lakes Baptist Church in Chisago City, MN. In 2002, Matt became interim pastor at Chisago Lakes Baptist, becoming senior pastor after 10 months. He served there until May 2008, when he was called to Fourth Baptist Church. Matt and his wife, Kim, have five young children.

 

Matt has spoken and taught in multiple venues at home and overseas, including ministry at Central Baptist Seminary's Romanian campus and at Faith Baptist Bible College in Cochin, India.

   
     

Roger Kilian

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Roger has served at Fourth Baptist Church since 1988. He oversees the music ministry, planning and coordinating of services, as well as administration of church events and programs, including the semi-annual Musicales, Missions Conference, and other special services. Roger is a graduate of Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania and has been married to Carol for over 40 years. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.

   
     

Ken Thompson

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Ken Thompson grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Ken’s parents were saved later in life and did not regularly attend any church until Ken was a teen. When Ken was 13 years old, his father passed away. Ken was saved a year later. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 2004 with a Bible degree and then began work on his MDiv degree while employed at Bob Jones as a residence hall counselor. After serving as a youth pastor in the Orlando area for two years, Ken joined the program staff at The Wilds Christian Camp and served there for 4 years. Ken and his wife Megan are the parents of two small girls, Olivia and Ella.

   
     

Jim McLeish

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A graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Jim gained experience working with the Fourth Baptist youth during his seminary years. Following his graduation from Central Seminary, he planted a church in Alexandria, MN and served as pastor there for over 25 years. Jim and his wife, Terry, have five children and two granddaughters.

   
     

Sam Horn

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Dr. Sam Horn was raised in Texas and met his wife, Beth, while they were students at Bob Jones University where he earned his BA, MA, and PhD degrees in New Testament Exegesis. Sam also earned a DMin degree from The Master’s Seminary. Sam and Beth have two children, Robert and Ashton. Dr. Horn is especially burdened for and committed to discipleship, mentoring, and developing servant-leaders.

 

Brent Belford

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Brent Belford comes to Fourth Baptist Church with years of experience in education and pastoral ministry. He has served formerly as assistant pastor at Cross Lanes Bible Church in Cross Lanes, West Virginia and Norway Baptist Church in Norway, Michigan. He was a professor of New Testament from 2002-2013 at Northland International University as well as serving as the Director of Northland Graduate School. He enjoys preaching and teaching God’s Word, spending time with his wife and five children, playing golf, and cheering for sports teams from Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Gary Blessman

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Gary graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a degree in accounting, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Church Administration. He passed his C.P.A. exam in 1987.  Gary was the bursar at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the controller at Mount Senario College before joining the staff at Fourth Baptist Church in November of 2000. He also served in various pastoral roles during this time. Gary is married to Susan and they have three grown sons.

 

In addition to his business reponsibilities with the church, Gary is also Vice President of Institutional Finance for Central Baptist Theological Seminary.  In times past, he has also served on accreditation teams for TRACS.

  

Alan Hodak

School Administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Alan has 23 years of experience as a Christian School teacher and administrator in Arizona, Michigan, and Minnesota. He has a Masters Degree as well as certifications and endorsements with the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Alan also has pastoral, teaching, coaching, and business experience. Alan and his wife, Allyson, have five daughters.