We are fortunate to have a plurality of Pastoral Elders to minister in the oversight of F.B.C.


George Smith is our “Elder Over Edifice” and works closely with FBC’s Deacons maintaining our Church’s facilities. George came to Christ in 1971 and has been an active member of FBC since that time. He is currently leading the Sojourners, one of our Flock Groups. George and his wife Susan have two children; an adult daughter and a adult son who is married. 


Nico Stoian was appointed to the Elder over “Exalting” in February of 2011. He was saved and baptized under the ministry of our church and has been a member of FBC since 1996. Nico is responsible for organizing regular church services as well as special events. He and his wife, Ica, have come to settle in Sidney, New York all the way from Romania where both were born. They have two daughters; one married and the youngest living at home. Nico works for Laral Management at the Wood Ridge Apartments in Oneonta.


Rick Beardslee came to First Baptist Church in 2006 serving as the Youth Ministry Leader. He regularly meets with the Teen Youth Group every week and holds monthly events. His desire is to see young people grow and commit to the Lord. Rick was appointed as an Elder of Sidney First Baptist Church in 2017 and oversees the work of “Equipping”. He lives in Sidney with his wife Charity and their four children. Rick enjoys sports such as slow pitch softball and corn hole.