|Meet Our Leadership and 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 No. 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 five children and currently reside in West Richland, Washington.
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.
After college Dan taught four years at Salem Academy Christian School in Salem Oregon. He then 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 and they were married in September of 1980. It was in March of the same year that 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 19½ years and then moved to Bend Oregon in September of 1999 where they were for 5 years. 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 February 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. It is imperative that opportunities for music and other arts ministry are continually offered. Music opportunities are offered to our artists for edification of the believers and to reach those outside the FBC family. The goal for the Worship and Arts Ministry has been and will continue to be:
In addition to the Worship and Arts Ministry, Pastor Dan's areas of responsibility include the Church Facilities and Office Administration. Contact Pastor Dan.
Hayden LeRoy, Pastor to Families and Students
Hayden LeRoy was born in Hawaii and spent much of his early life traveling around the US and even spent time in Scotland. In 1990 Hayden and his family moved to Bremerton, WA where his father was stationed at the Bangor Submarine Base. While in Bremerton his family attended and served at Silverdale Baptist Church. It was in Hayden’s sophomore year of High School that he felt the call into full time ministry. He attended The Master's College in southern California, but after his freshman year at Master's, God moved him back home to Bremerton where he attended Jr. College before being recruited to play basketball at Northwest College in Kirkland, WA. Again after only attending one year at Northwest, God’s plan was for Hayden to marry his High School sweetheart Colleen and take a full year off from school. In 2001 God moved Hayden and Colleen to Portland, OR where Hayden attended Multnomah Bible College and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Theology and Youth Ministry. During their time at Multnomah the LeRoy's had two boys.
Hayden, Colleen and their 5 boys are brand new to the First Family. Hayden was brought on staff as the Pastor to Families and Students the summer of 2010 and he and his family reside in Richland, WA. Pastor Hayden is really looking forward to what God has for him and the ministry at First Baptist and prays every day that he won’t have to move anymore. Contact Pastor Hayden.
Bob Morris, Elder
Bob Morris was born in Alaska; he and his family moved around the northwest until they settled in Richland, WA in 1959. He was raised in a non-Christian home and his father was an outspoken atheist. While serving in Viet Nam as an assault helicopter pilot he had three paths to choose in order to cope; drugs, alcohol or accepting the Lord. He chose the Lord in 1970 and has been serving Him ever since. Bob and his wife Denise have been married for 41 years and have two children, Scott and Stephanie. They have five grandchildren that range from 17 to 2 years of age. They are blessed to have all their children and grandchildren living in the Tri-Cities; they are the greatest blessing in their lives and truly a gift from God.
Over the past 40 years Bob has served in many ministries including Sunday School teacher, mission committee member and chairman, deacon, short-term missions trip participant, prison ministry and project manager for the Christian Education building project. Since retiring in 2007 he has been the outreach coordinator for the church. As outreach coordinator Bob's goal for the church family is to have every member and attender involved in at least one ministry program of the church. As a church leader we need to evaluate the gifts and talents of our members and develop ministries that will use the abilities of the people the Lord has led to our church. His areas of responsibility include Celebrate Recovery, Missions, Senior Ministry, and Widow/Orphan Care. Contact Bob.
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 young 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 5th grade and he is the Elder liaison to the Deacons. Contact Richard.
Jeff Stachofsky, Elder
Jeff Stachofsky (pronounced "Sta - hof - ski") was born and raised in Spokane WA. He attended Western Baptist College (now Corban University). He married Jennifer while at WBC. Graduated from WBC with a Youth Ministry degree and 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 us 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. While the “jobs” changed the desire I have to serve has not. I look forward to the years ahead as The First Family grows, pains and gains, all for HIS glory. Contact Jeff.
Kary Ferguson, Children's Coordinator
Kary Ferguson was born in Bellflower, California and was raised in a variety of California towns while her father pastored four different churches. She accepted Jesus when she was four years old while attending a family camp. She attended Multnomah Bible College and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a minor in Women's Ministries. She met her husband Todd in college and they married in 1995. They have two daughters adopted from China and one biological son.
Kary has taught Sunday School classes since she was a teenager and has been active with Child Evangelism Fellowship doing 5 Day Clubs and face painting at the fair. As Children's Coordinator it is Kary's prayer for every child that is a part of The First Family will know the Bible so they can know their Savior. A strong biblical foundation will go a long way in preparing the children of today for a life with Jesus tomorrow. Contact Kary.
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 young sons. Contact Sheryl.
Kathy Patterson, Administrative Assistant
Kathy Patterson was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She accepted Christ as her Savior with the help of a Sunday School teacher when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Corban University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theology & Psychology and has done graduate level work in counseling at Liberty University. She and her husband Mike met at college and have been married for 36 years. They have 3 grown, married children and 3 of the most wonderful grandchildren in the world!
In the past, Kathy along with her husband Mike, were Resident Directors of a women's dormitory at Corban University, youth leaders at Bethany Baptist Church in Salem, Oregon, and Resident Directors of New Life Home (a home for unwed mothers) in Richland, Washington. Currently she is a lay counselor at First Baptist Church, and is assisting, with her husband and son, in the planting of a church in the Tri-Cities. These ministries fuel her passion to see changed lives. 1 Corinthians 15:58 and Hebrews 6:10 are the two verses she uses to define and challenge her in her work at First Baptist Church. She appreciates working at the church and ministering in any way God may want to use her to those who come in to the church office and/or counseling office. Contact Kathy.
Dana Wilfert, Bookkeeper
David Stjern, Custodian