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8-2013 walking trailKen Southworth came to FBC in September 2004. On Sundays you’ll find him preaching at our Gathered Worship as well as providing teaching in numerous other ministry areas. Ken also provides a Biblical Counseling Ministry and is responsible as our “Elder Over Equipping” to provide the oversight and vision for FBC’s Teaching Ministries.  He is our only vocational Elder. Ken and his wife, Kathy, have four children; three who are adults as well as one daughter still living at home.



Peter PlayersPeter Players is our “Elder Over Edification”. This puts all the ministries of FBC that deal primarily with  the encouraging and building-up of one another under his oversight. This includes the Hospitality Committee, Fellowship Times, Caring Ministries, Women’s Ministry, First Place, Men’s Breakfast, Prayer Chain, Flock Groups as well as the ministries of our Deaconesses. Pete and Marilyn have a daughter and a son who through their families have blessed the Players with four granddaughters and one grandson.



George SmithGeorge 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 on the Youth Committee with regular participation in the Youth Group as well as leading the Sojourners, one of our Flock Groups. George and his wife Susan have two children; an adult daughter and a son who is attending Houghton College in western New York State. 



  IMG_5226bNico Stoian was appointed to the Elder Counsel 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 as our “Elder Over Evangelization” to provide the strategic vision for FBC’s Missions and Outreach Ministries. He and his wife, Ica, have come to settle in Sidney, New York all the way from Romania where both were born. They are raising two daughters. Nico works for Laral Management at the Wood Ridge Apartments. in Oneonta.



Rick Beardslee came to First Baptist Church in 2006 as the Youth Ministry Leader. He regularly meets with the Youth Group Sunday Evenings 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. He lives in Sidney with his wife Charity and their four children. Rick enjoys sports such as slow pitch softball and corn hole.


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