First Baptist Church of Pekin Welcomes New Pastor

First Baptist Church of Pekin, is excited to announce Vernon Risner has accepted the position as our senior pastor.

Veron is married to Melissa and they have 2 daughters, Lydia (9) and Karis (7).

Vernon is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and Moody Bible Theological Seminary. He became a member of FBC pf Franklin when he was 19 years old. At 23 he was called to be their Associate/Youth Pastor. Then, in 2001, he assumed responsibilities of Senior Pastor.

Vernon and Melissa both strongly felt that this was God’s call on them to make this move in their lives.

Vernon’s first Sunday in the pulpit will be August 20th, same day as the Back to School Cruise-In/Carnival.

Vern’s greatest hope is to help First Baptist of Pekin be a light and a hope to people in our community and to share the good news of Jesus Christ. First Baptist of Pekin is very much looking forward to having Vernon and Melissa and their daughters become a part of the community here in Pekin, as well as at First Baptist Church.


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