The Sanctuary at First Baptist Church

Staff Directory

The Rev. Dr. Jay Thornton, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Jay Thornton, an ordained American Baptist minister, is senior pastor. He earned graduate and doctorate degrees in theology from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas. He has more than 13 years of church pastoral experience. He and his wife, Dawn, have twin teenage sons, Taylor and Riley.


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Wendy Longden

Wendy Longden

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Colby Gochanour, Choir Director


Our adult choir is directed by Colby Gochanour of Grimes, Iowa. Colby brings a decade of experience as well as an educational emphasis in leadership of church music ministries. He is a graduate of Grand View University and is an accomplished vocal and instrumental musician.

If you are interested in joining our choir, please contact Colby. |  Send Email