Minister of Children, Youth and Families
Rev. Emily Beltrame started at First Baptist Church as our Minister of Children, Youth and Families in July, 2016. She is an ordained American Baptist minister with longtime roots in central Iowa.
Emily first came to Des Moines to attend Drake University, where she graduated with a BSE in Secondary Education in 1997. Instead of teaching, she was called to vocational ministry and served children and youth at Westover Baptist Church in Des Moines for 12 years. During this time she earned her MA in Religious Studies from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and celebrated her ordination. She then served as a volunteer minister to families at Lutheran Church of Hope--Ankeny while being home full-time with her children.
Emily and her husband Brian have been married since 1998 and enjoy the challenges of parenting their three daughters. They live on a five acre hobby farm in Saydel Township where they enjoy the outdoors, raise chickens, and try to keep life simple and grounded. Emily is passionate about supporting and equipping parents and young people to build a vibrant faith in the now and future leaders of the Church.