Roland Whitcomb, Senior Pastor
"I was born in Gladstone, Oregon, a small suburb of Portland. I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior when I was 7 years old at First Baptist Church in Gladstone. At the age of 22, I determined to follow the Lord in whatever He wanted me to do. I left Gladstone, Oregon, to attend what is now the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Bethel Seminary, and the University of Minnesota. I married my wife, Ruth (Magnuson) Whitcomb. Later, we returned to Oregon and I attended the University of Oregon. Since that time I have served the Lord in various capacities: Director of Christian Education at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, Oregon, Director of Music at Hastings Baptist Church, Hastings, Minnesota, Associate Pastor at Robbinsdale Baptist Church, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Trainer in the Evangelism Explosion program, and Pastor at First Baptist Church, Blue Earth, Minnesota. I was ordained at Robbinsdale Baptist Church in 1976. For the past 32 years I have been the pastor at Morrison Baptist Church. I am passionate about bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and I desire to see believers grow in their spiritual lives, glorifying Christ."
Steve Michaels, Assistant Pastor
Pastor Steve was born and raised in NYC. He was raised in the Roman Catholic faith; he attended mass faithfully on Sunday and religious instructions on Wednesday. As he grew into young adulthood, he felt that there was more to it than what he was experiencing at his church. He began to study the Bible, which was discouraged by both his priest and his parents. At the age of nineteen, Pastor Steve went to a Bible-based church and for the very first time heard the message of salvation. Pricked in his heart he received Christ as his Lord and Savior and began to attend Bible study and prayer meetings every opportunity he got. It was then that Pastor Steve received the call to preach the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Bible college. Pastor Steve has received several degrees in theology as well as an honorary doctorate in divinity. Pastor Steve has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the country from church houses to tent revivals, bringing many souls to know the transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Daily prayer and Bible study keeps one’s life in full focus – that is what Pastor Steve teaches. Pastor Steve is currently the Assistant Pastor and Minister of Outreach of Morrison Baptist Church. Pastor Steve also holds a black belt in karate and a black sash in Kung Fu.
Renee Lucas, Christian Education
"I have been at Morrison Baptist Church since I was a kid. During my college years God called me to serve Him in this location. Jesus has saved me and been faithful to lead me and go with me in every step. It's my desire to make much of Him, bringing His good news to the North Minneapolis community. We love children and youth and want to seize every opportunity to present Christ to them. I live with my 3 children: Jack, Elaina, and Rebecca, who are a tremendous blessing in my life. 'From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.' (Psalm 61:2-4)"