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Our Staff

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Duane Smith

Pastor Duane and his wife, Denise, have been at First Baptist Church of Mascoutah since August 2000.  Duane was in the United States Air Force stationed in West Germany when Denise Cherry arrived as a missionary to the church where he was a member.  They were later married in March of 1984.  Pastor Duane has earned a Master of Ministry from Bethany Theological Seminary in Dothan, AL and a Doctorate of Practical Theology from Master’s Graduate School of Divinity in Evansville, IN.  Together they have one married daughter who resides in Waco, Texas while she pursues her Ph.D. in religion at Baylor University. They recently rescued a two-year old terrier/Chihuahua mix which has certainly brought a lot of excitement to the house.



Pastor Matt and his wife Lucy

Associate Pastor of Worship & Youth
Matthew Burton

Pastor Matt and his wife Lucy joined our staff in 2010, and since then we have seen growth in both the worship and youth ministries.  They both have a love for God’s word and a passion for His worship.  Pastor Matt is a gifted teacher, and loves nothing more than to engage students in discussions about the bible and biblical principles.

When he’s not at church leading worship or hanging out with students, he likes to run, eat pizza, and pester their dachshund Dax.


Heidi Pierce, her husband Chris, and their children Ella and Nate

Heidi Pierce, her husband Chris, and their children Ella and Nate

Preschool Director
Heidi Pierce

A lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Heidi grew up in Mascoutah and continues to enjoy life here with her husband Chris and two children, Ella and Nate. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Western Illinois University in 2002 and taught P.E. in a neighboring town for two years. In 2005, the Lord led Heidi away from Physical Education and blessed her with a heart for young learners. She has been teaching in a preschool classroom for eight years, and received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2010. Lighthouse Preschool has been a vision of hers and of First Baptist Church for several years, and she is honored to be the school’s first director.


Sam and Lori Graf

Lori Graf and her husband Sam

Preschool Assistant
Lori Graf

Lori Graf is happily married to her husband Sam, a high school teacher and deacon at MFBC. Lori cheerfully (well, most of the time) serves her husband and children. Sam and Lori have been the homeschooling parents of seven wonderfully different children – four of which have launched into adulthood. For over a quarter of a century, her family has kept her young and made her old, made her laugh and made her cry – all at the same time! Lori is also indebted to AWANA Cubbies, who have blessed her for more than a decade as she serves as their director


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