Matt Morrell

Senior Pastor

Matt was raised in a pastor’s home and graduated from Northland International University (B.A.) in 1998. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002 and his Doctor of Ministry from Northland International University in 2010. During his seminary years, he served as the assistant pastor at Chisago Lakes Baptist Church in Chisago City, MN. In 2002, Matt became interim pastor at Chisago Lakes Baptist, becoming senior pastor after 10 months. He served there until May 2008, when he was called to Fourth Baptist Church. Matt and his wife, Kim, have five children.

Matt has spoken and taught in multiple venues at home and overseas, including ministry at Central Baptist Seminary’s Romanian campus and at Faith Baptist Bible College in Cochin, India.

My pastoral priority and personal passion is preaching and teaching God’s Word to God’s people. I am convinced that the faithful exposition and application of God’s Word to God’s people is the only ministry paradigm that will bear fruit that remains. However history may evaluate my shepherding, may it be said that I fed the flock the pure milk and the rich meat of God’s Word!

Roger Kilian

Pastor of Music and Administration

Roger has served at Fourth Baptist Church since 1988. He oversees the music ministry, planning and coordinating of services, as well as administration of church events and programs, including the semi-annual Musicales, Missions Conference, and other special services. Roger is a graduate of Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania and has been married to Carol for over 40 years. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Jim McLeish

Pastor of Senior Ministries

A graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (BA) and Central Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), Jim gained experience working with the Fourth Baptist youth during his seminary years. Following his graduation from Central Seminary, he planted a church in Alexandria, MN and served as pastor there for over 25 years. Jim and his wife, Terry, have five children and four grandchildren.

Seniors are the past of the church . . . but also the present . . . and the future! At Fourth, we love our seniors and desire to strengthen and encourage them in all matters of life, and we have great fun and fellowship. Come check out our Golden Agers ministry!

Gary Blessman

Business Administrator

Gary graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a degree in accounting, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Church Administration. He also passed his CPA exam in 1987. Gary was the bursar at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the controller at Mount Senario College before joining the staff at Fourth Baptist Church in November of 2000. He also served in various pastoral roles during this time. Gary is married to Susan; they have three grown sons, and two grandsons. Gary is an amateur Civil War historian.

In addition to his business responsibilities with the church, Gary is also Vice President of Institutional Finance for Central Baptist Theological Seminary. In times past, he has also served on accreditation teams for TRACS.

Alan Hodak

School Administrator

Alan has 25 years of experience as a Christian School teacher and administrator in Arizona, Michigan, and Minnesota. He has a Masters Degree as well as certifications and endorsements with the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Alan also has pastoral, teaching, coaching, and business experience. Alan and his wife, Allyson, have five daughters.

The priority of my ministry in our Christian school is to help our students develop and establish a truly biblical worldview. Since our school is an extension of the home, my goals in this process include patiently working with staff, families and students over an extended period of time.

Jeremy Stephens

Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship

Jeremy Stephens is a graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and is pursuing his certification with Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He has served as Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship since August, 2015. His ministry includes oversight of biblical counseling and discipleship, community outreach, and new members. Jeremy and Sarah were married in 1999, and they have 5 children.

Jared Page

Pastor of Student Ministries

Both Jared and his wife Tammy were raised in Christian homes and were saved as children. During Jared’s teen years, he realized God was calling him into full-time ministry. Jared earned both his bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Theology at Bob Jones University. He served as associate pastor for eight years at Grace Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Florida. He then volunteered at his home church, Meridian Baptist of Newton, Kansas, where he was ordained in January 2009. While taking classes at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Jared also served at Fourth Baptist Christian School, teaching Bible, computer, and physical education, and coaching soccer and basketball. Jared and Tammy have three children, Caleb, Abbie, and Megan.