Leadership & Staff


Jim Mailloux, Senior Pastor

Jim Mailloux (pronounced “May – loo”) grew up near Boston. He received Christ in 1973, while attending the Fellowship Bible Church in North Andover, MA. He attended Bob Jones University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education with a voice proficiency. While in college, he met and married Jill, a northwest native. After graduating, they settled in Tacoma, Washington in 1992 where Jim became the Music Director at Southside Baptist Church in 1993 and later Associate Pastor in 1997. Jim and Jill have seven children; 3 biological and have adopted 4 children from the foster care system of Washington state. They currently reside in West Richland.

Pastor Jim first came on staff as the Worship and Arts Pastor in 2000. Three years later, it became clear to the church that God had called him to become the Senior Pastor. Pastor Jim has been amazed to see how God prepares and equips all believers to serve Him. God has allowed Pastor Jim to use music and now preaching and teaching to minister to the body of Christ – that the believer might be stirred to live a holier life, full of joy in God’s presence, by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is excited about what God is doing in The First Family.

Pastor Jim’s areas of responsibility include Adult Discipleship, Counseling, Hospital Visitation, Men’s Ministry, Wedding Planning, and Worship Service Preaching. Contact Pastor Jim.

Dan Nelson, Worship Pastor

Dan Nelson (pronounced just like it looks) was born and grew up in the Northwest. Most of his childhood was spent in Pasco WA where his father was a pastor. His father led him to the Lord at the age of 4 and later baptized him at the age of 9. Dan attended Western Baptist Bible College (now Corban University) in Salem Oregon graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music.

Dan taught four years at Salem Academy Christian School in Salem Oregon following graduation. He moved back to Pasco and became the director of Youth and Music at First Baptist Church of Pasco. He also began working for Seattle First National Bank. There he met his future wife Patty Martin. They were married in September of 1980. In March of 1980 Dan began his ministry at First Baptist Church of Richland. Dan started as part time Youth and Music, then part time music, and in 1982 becoming full time Music pastor.

Dan and Patty ministered at First Baptist Church for 19 1/2 years. In September of 1999 they they moved to Bend Oregon. They returned to First Baptist of Richland in August of 2004 as Pastor of Music and Office Administration. Dan and Patty celebrated 30 years of ministry at FBC in March of 2010. Dan and Patty have one adopted daughter, D’neil and a son (by marriage to D’neil), David Stjern. Both are active in the First Family ministry.

God has blessed First Baptist Church with outstanding talent. He has placed these individuals at First Baptist to do His work with their talent. The goal of all worship and arts opportunities is:

  • Challenge Artists toward excellence for Christ
  • Encourage believers to walk with Christ
  • Point non-believer toward salvation through Christ

In addition to the Worship and Arts Ministry, Pastor Dan’s areas of responsibility include the Church Facilities and Office Administration. Contact Pastor Dan.

Isaac Terry, Youth Pastor

Richard Pagh, Elder

Richard Pagh (pronounced “Page”) was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour in 1991 when he was in college at the University of Washington through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Washington and a Masters and Doctorate in Engineering from Oregon State University. Richard met his wife Sheryl while attending a singles Bible study in Richland, Washington. They were married in 2000 and have two sons.

Richard has taught both adult and youth Sunday School, lead small groups and headed a small group ministry, been a deacon, and has been present on the Elder board since its inception at First Baptist Church. He enjoys bringing his gifts of administration, project planning, and management into the church. His areas of oversight include Children’s Ministry from nursery through 6th grade, and he is the Elder liaison to the Deacons. Contact Richard.

 

 

Jeff Stachofsky, Elder

Jeff Stachofsky (pronounced “Sta-ha-ski”) was born and raised in Spokane WA. He attended Western Baptist College (now Corban University). He married Jennifer while at WBC. After graduating from WBC with a Youth Ministry degree they moved back to Spokane for his first church ministry. While in Spokane Jeff and Jennifer were blessed with two boys, Jeffery and Jonathan. The Lord moved them from Spokane to Richland to Oregon and back to Richland. He served on the FBC staff for 8 years before returning to the Hanford site. As the ministry grows so does our family with both boys’ marriages and two grandchildren. We look forward to continuing to serve you and share the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Contact Jeff.

 

 

 

 

Tom Thomas, Elder

Thomas_Tom Contact Tom.

Sheryl Pagh, Office Manager

Sheryl Pagh (pronounced “Page”) was born in New Jersey and raised in Richland. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was in Jr. High School. Sheryl attended Central Washington University and has a degree in Math Education. She met her husband Richard while attending a singles Bible study in Richland, Washington. They were married in 2000 and have two sons.

Sheryl has ministered to youth and college students, traveled on short-term missions trips, and led small groups. She enjoys using her computer, office support, and management experience gained at various “pre-kid” jobs to serve Jesus and support The First Family. Contact Sheryl.

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Crowell, Children’s Director

& Administrative Assistant

Diana Crowell (pronounced “Crow-ell” like the bird) was born and raised in the Northwest.  She married her high school sweetheart in 1989 and they have one son and three daughters (one happily gained by marriage to her son).  Diana has been volunteering in church children’s ministries since she was a teenager.  Prior to joining the FBC staff in June, 2014, she worked at Kingspoint Christian School.

Diana is passionate about partnering with families to reach and teach children in such a way that they have the greatest opportunity to become fully devoted followers of Christ.  Her area of oversight includes all children from Nursery through 6th grade. Contact Diana.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dana Wilfert, Bookkeeper

Dana was born and raised in Richland, Washington and grew up in the First Baptist Church.  She graduated from Western Baptist College (now Corban University) with a degree in Business Management.

Contact Dana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Stjern, Custodian

David Stjern (pronounced “Stern”)…Contact David.