Rev. Jay Thornton, Senior Pastor

Pastor Jay joined the ministry team at First Baptist in July 2016.  Hailing from the Kansas City area, Jay graduated with his Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. His ambition in life is to creatively engage in the life-changing work of the Gospel. He has a passion for spiritual formation, cultivating community, and Star Wars. Jay can be found playing board games, watching his beloved (2015 World Champion) Kansas City Royals, or spending time with his wife, Dawn, and their twin boys. 

 Rev. Kara Krohg, Associate Pastor of Education


Pastor Kara and her husband, Christian, came to Pella the summer of 2014 from South Dakota. Pastor Kara develops, coordinates, and oversees all areas of Christian education at First Baptist, along with leading the high school youth group and doing the children's sermon on Sunday mornings.

Christian is the program director at Forest Lake Camp.

Ann Millar, Administrative Assistant

Ann has been the administrative assistant since January 2016. She and her family have lived in Pella for over 17 years. Her husband, Derek, is a reliability engineer at Pella Corporation, and they have two daughters and a son ranging in age from 7 to 16. Ann enjoys knitting and crochet, Bible study, and reading. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.