FLBC believes that all members of the Leadership Team are equally accountable to lead the church, pastor the flock, and teach the Word. Within that equality, Sam Pierce and Rick Gardner are able to be focused on ministry full time, and handle much of the day-to-day activity of the church. For any needs during the week, please contact Sam or Rick first.
Sam and his wife Melissa (Mel) have three children: Noah, Rhyan and Lacey.
Sam began his career as a first-grade teacher, eventually working for the Indiana Department of Education. While working at the DoE, the Lord began to call Sam to ministry. In 2011, he began full time ministry as an associate pastor at Southside Bible Church, which became The Rock Bible Church. In 2016, Sam and Mel felt a calling to plant a new church. In February 2017, a small group of families established Foundation Life Bible Church. Sam is the primary teaching pastor at FLBC. Sam also continues to preach on Sunday afternoons at Crestwood Village, a retirement community in Greenwood, IN.
Sam is naturally a people person, and truly enjoys the call of shepherding the flock on behalf of the Chief Shepherd. He has a weakness for chocolate, talks to the TV when soccer is on, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Rick and his wife Holly have two children Will and Isabela.
Rick has served in a number of roles within the church since he began his walk with Christ, from high school leader to elder. He and Holly were part of the launch team for FLBC. Rick handles much of the administrative load of the church behind the scenes.
Rick is a full-time dad and part-time seminary student at Moody Bible Institute. He's a Bears fan, is known to enjoy a game of golf from time to time, and spends his free minutes studying systematic theology. Yes, seriously. Someday he hopes to be able to answer Conrad's question on "What is the Hebrew word for _______?"
Craig and his wife Angie have three children: Brittanie, Briana and Jalen.
Craig's time in the church has been marked by service of every kind. That snazzy church logo you see - Craig's doing. Like our t-shirts? That's Craig too. Pretty much, he's ready to help whenever and wherever. He and Angie were part of the launch team for FLBC, and Craig now leads our greeting, set-up/tear-down teams.
Craig is a transport driver by day, and he and Angie spend a good bit of time at marching band events by night. Craig loves to work on cars in those rare moments of free time.
Conrad and his wife Emily have five kids: Nellianne, Ezra, Celia, Caroline, and Josiah.
Conrad began his church service in middle school ministry, corralling teenage hormones while teaching those kids to lean on Jesus. He is an engineer by training and program manager by practice, and thus brings the nerd element to our team. He joined the FLBC Leadership Team in 2017.
We'd love to list Conrad's hobbies, but seriously, he has five kids. What are hobbies? Conrad & Emily love having friends and family over to their house, which they fondly call the Batcave.
Chris and his wife Alicia have three children: Ian, Alexis and Asher.
Chris has served in ministry in one fashion or another since 2002. In his home church in southern Ohio, he taught junior church and youth group. During college he was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ. When the Newmans moved to Indianapolis, Chris served in the youth ministry and as an elder. He joined the FLBC Leadership Team in 2017.
Chris loves to study theology, do DIY home renovations, and is newly a radiologist at Methodist Hospital. His favorite university is The Ohio State. Naturally.