Our Staff

Senior Pastor
bobBender_smallDr. Bob Bender has been our pastor since September 2003. He and his wife, and greatest supporter, Beverly, have three married children, each of whom is actively involved in ministry. First Baptist Church is the first Colorado pastorate for this Oklahoma native. He has two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Pastor Bender has been in ministry since graduating from High School. (bbender@fbcbf.org)

Worship Pastor
Publication9 (87x120)Jeff Markey came to FBC from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as he was completing the Master of Music in Church Music degree in the spring of 2015. Jeff and his wife, Grace, have three wonderful kids, Cayla, Josh, and Corinne. Jeff has served churches in Louisiana and New Jersey, where he was born and raised. Jeff is a worship songwriter and loves to share his music with FBC as the Lord allows. His passion is to serve the local church through the music ministry and enjoys playing sports, hiking, and family activities. (jmarkey@fbcbf.org)

Family Pastor
breck (91x120)Breck Merkle was born and raised in Colorado Springs where he met his wife Candice. In 2005 they went to Southeast Asia where they served as church planters for 10 years. Breck loves his four children passionately and enjoys time in the outdoors, watching football games, and being on mission as a family. Breck came to FBC with a desire to reach children with the gospel of Christ and equip parents to do the same. (bmerkle@fbcbf.org)

Student Pastor
mattcrowe_smallMatt Crowe came to serve at FBC in 2008. He has been serving students for the past 10 years. Matt was born and raised in Georgia and is a passionate Bulldogs fan. Matt has served churches in Georgia, Texas, and the British Isles. Matt is in love with his beautiful wife Kristen. They are the proud parents of a daughter and son. The great joy of his life is hanging out with students and serving the body of Christ. (mcrowe@fbcbf.org)

Young Adult Pastor
mattmorton_smallMatt Morton was born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been serving students since 2000 and has served at FBC since 2005. He and his beautiful bride Trisha have a son and daughter. He enjoys the outdoors, the Broncos, and the never ending Ultimate Frisbee games with his students. He is passionate about helping students and their families grow closer to God and to each other. (mmorton@fbcbf.org)

Pastoral Care Pastor
larrykauffman_small Larry Kauffman was born and raised in Texas. He and his wife, Irene, have been members of FBC since 2005 and they have three married children. Larry has served as a layman in churches in Texas and Colorado since he was in high school. His passion and privilege is assisting the senior pastor in serving the body of Christ. (larkau@msn.com)

Prayer Pastor & wife Joan
Keith & Joan Anderson web (95x120)Keith & Joan Anderson grew up in Chicago, Illinois. They moved to Northern CO in 1970 and to CS in 2012. Both are retired teachers (JH Science; and elementary grades for Joan). Their two children are married, with both of their families living in CO. They are active in the lives of their 4 grandchildren. They feel privileged to serve God and our church through coordinating the prayer ministry and have seen how God has been preparing them for this over the years. Their goal is that of Christ’s: That our church will be known as “A House of Prayer”! (kwjtanderson@aol.com)

Spiritual Life Pastor
ipic_4363 (86x120)Dr. Tom Cathey was born and raised in Florida and moved to Colorado Springs in 2008. He became the Spiritual Life Pastor (small groups) in January of 2016. Tom and Gail have four adult children and have been a part of FBC since 2014. Tom served as a Christian School Administrator for over 30 years in Florida and is now serves with the Association of Christian Schools International. Tom is passionate about strengthening and growing FBC’s LIFE Groups and Discipleship Groups! (tcathey@fbcbf.org)

Staff Missionary
scottpeck_smallScott Peck and Jennifer have three children. They have had a heart for missions since leading with Campus Crusade for Christ in college. Their passion for overseas missions was seasoned by seven years living overseas, serving in leadership positions in numerous churches and ministries. They now both serve with Engineering Ministries International. Scott and Jennifer aspire to someday serve as long-term, cross-cultural missionaries to bring the Good News to an unreached people group in an anti-access area. (amazed247@gmail.com)