Meet our staff

Doug Cowan

Pastor Doug Cowan

Senior Pastor

Pastor Cowan has served at First Baptist since August of 2001. He is dedicated to preaching the "whole counsel of God" and works tirelessly for the cause of the Gospel of Christ in the Rochelle area and beyond. A graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, now Maranatha Baptist University, and Bob Jones University, Pastor Cowan serves on the Board at Camp Joy in Whitewater, Wisconsin and is Chairman of the Board of Puerto Rico Bible College. He and he wife, Denise, have 5 children and 18 grandchildren.

Josh Bunger

Josh Bunger

Pastoral Intern

Josh Bunger has served First Baptist as a pastoral intern since May 2021. He has been a part of First Baptist for most of his life since his conversion at 12. Josh oversees the youth program at First Baptist, including the Teen Sunday School Class and Wednesday Night Omega Teens. He will also lead First Baptist's new Spanish Bible Service (El Servicio BĂ­blico). A graduate of Maranatha Baptist University, he is committed to faithfully teaching the Bible, so the Holy Spirit can change lives. Josh is married to Christy Bunger, a fellow graduate of Maranatha Baptist University, who also grew up at First Baptist.