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About Us


The mission of First Baptist Church is to make mature disciples of Jesus Christ through Evangelism, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, and worship.


FBC Manteno is a biblically based Southern Baptist church focused on reaching the community around us.


Our church is made of residents from Manteno and the surrounding areas. These are the people that we focus on serving.


Senior Pastor David Peterman

Follower of Christ, Husband of Melinda, Dad of Eric, and pastor of First Baptist Church.  David graduated from a Christian college in North Carolina and has a dual career in the transportation industry.  David's message on Sunday's only have one point; it's simple and easier to remember that way; he has a favorite saying: "God loves you and He's rooting for you. So am I."  David was born in Kankakee, moved away as a teenager, and is glad to be back in his homeland.  David is also a lifelong fan of all Chicago sports teams.

Associate Pastor D.R. "De" Abbott

At an early age, De Abbot felt God's call to Christian service. He responded to that call as a Bi-vocational minister. He served on staff of two churches, the last one for almost 20 years as Associate Pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills IL. After his retirement in 2004, De became a member of First Baptist Church of Manteno, where he and his wife, Jenny, have served in a variety of positions.  When our former Senior Pastor resigned in 2015, the church called him to serve as Associate Pastor, which is a new staff position for the church.

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