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Paul A. Thomason

Senior Pastor

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When I was 18, I decided that I would be a pastor. The church I attended encouraged me to pursue that longing. Now, all these years later, I continue to be grateful and amazed at the Lord’s grace in allowing that desire to become a reality. And, that same grace has granted me the joy of serving two wonderful churches as senior pastor. For ten years I was in Sutter, Illinois (Hancock County) and since 1995 I have been at GCBC. My wife and I are very grateful for being able to minister with such wonderful folks. Thank you for taking the time to check out our web site. If you are ever in Gibson City, please stop by and visit.

Pastor Paul's Blog...Ouranos 

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Jonah Wilson

Associate Pastor

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I grew up in the nearby town of Paxton, Illinois. Though I participated in church events throughout my childhood, it wasn’t until I entered college that I began to feel led by God and those around me to consider opportunities in ministry. After having the chance to serve while volunteering at my home church, I decided to continue to pursue that call. I attended Greenville University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ministry in May of 2019. My wife, Sarah, and I were married in 2017, and we are excited to be in Gibson City serving the Lord. I am passionate about teaching, preaching, and getting to know those around me. If you have any questions about GCBC, want to get involved, or just want to talk, please contact me!

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Joseph Bein

Worship Leader

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It took me a while to figure out how God wanted me to use my gifts. While attending high school here in Gibson City, I served on the praise team at GCBC but also participated in music and theater at the school; after graduating, I went on to earn a BA in theater and creative writing. It wasn’t until my senior year of college that the Lord got my attention and called me to serve as the worship leader right here at my home church. My wife (Megan) and I have been here ever since. I’m the one you see leading the praise band and congregational singing most Sundays; during the week, I’m busy planning the worship service and leading and developing the musicians, sound, and video techs. Meanwhile, I’m finishing up a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Worship, Theology, and the Arts, and eagerly awaiting whatever the Lord has in store for my future. If your story is like my story, and you’re wondering how God might be calling you to use your artistic or technical gifts—or if you just want to wax theological about worship or discuss the way we worship as a body here at GCBC—I’d love to hear from you.

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Jessica Birky

Children's Ministry Coordinator

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I am a follower of Jesus, farmer’s wife and mom of 2 boys. I was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, received my B.S in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2007, and married Matt in 2010. I taught Kindergarten for 4 years until our first son, Maddux, was born in 2012. Some of my favorite things to do are exercise, read and chase my boys around the farm. It wasn’t until I was 22 that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Because of that, I have a passion for children’s ministry. Joining the GCBC staff in 2017 has been such a blessing. I have the pleasure of overseeing various children’s programs while still teaching and ministering to our children. I also enjoy the opportunity to connect with parents and families as we navigate our parenting journey together. If you have any questions about our children’s programs please do not hesitate to email me or find me on Facebook.

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Scott & Lesley Davis

Interim Youth Leaders

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Bonnie Arends

Administrative Assistant

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It is an honor to serve at the Gibson City Bible Church in the role of Administrative Assistant since 2007. My husband, Randy & I have been members of GCBC for over 25 years. During that time we have experienced first hand the blessings of belonging to a local church family: being nurtured in our faith, mentored, and serving in various ways alongside others all to the Glory of God. Please feel free to call, visit or e-mail me if I can serve or assist you in any way.

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Sarah Allemand

Nursery Coordinator/Bulletin Publisher

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Peggy Stalter

Bookkeeper

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I was born and raised in the Fisher/Foosland Illinois area. Having been blessed with wonderful Christian parents, I grew up in the Dewey Mennonite Church where I made the decision as a young child to give my life to Christ. After marrying my late husband some 30 plus years ago I have been involved with the Gibson City Bible Church ever since. I have two children, a son and a daughter, who are both married and a beautiful granddaughter. I attended Parkland College from where I received an Associates in Accounting. I think it to be humbling and a privilege to serve my church family as the bookkeeper. Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at any time.

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Sarah Wilson

GO Team Coordinator

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While growing up on my family's farm in rural Rankin, my parents taught me about the love of Jesus Christ and I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. Since then, it has been a journey of discovering what that meant for my life. I attended Greenville University for my undergraduate and graduate studies where I received a Master's in Business Administration. Recently, I joined the church staff alongside my husband, Jonah, as the Global Outreach Coordinator. I am so glad to be able to combine my passions of missions and organization. We are very excited to be back close to home again. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to chat!