Kent Hinkel

Senior Pastor

Pastor Kent and Trish have been with FBC since 1995. Pastor Kent and Trish are both North Dakota natives and have three sons, Andrew, Ethan, and Matthew. Kent holds a Master of Divinity degree from Sioux Falls Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kent and Trish aspire to see people embrace faith in Christ and become active in prayer, service, and evangelism. They love the Scriptures and cherish this verse: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." - 3 John 4

Barry Seifert

Associate Pastor

Growing up on a farm in Kansas gave me a love for the outdoors and a strong work ethic. My mother’s death when I was five, being hyper-active, and struggling during my early years in school, significantly impacted my life and contributed to a childhood that was challenging.

Ultimately, the dysfunction of my past caught up with me and God in His graciousness brought people into my life that helped me overcome the emotional struggles that for years had held me back and brought significant pain. This growth allowed me change habits that were far from helpful and to establish a relationship with God that is both intimate and life-giving.

In everything, God has a purpose and these experiences, along with others, developed within me an empathy and understanding for those who are also overcoming the hardships of life. After graduating from Seminary in 1982, Joy and I served a church in Alberta for 30 years, and before coming to Minot, we served at Grace Community Church in Tempe, AZ. Joy and I were married in 1979 and our two boys are married, one living in Alberta and the other living here in North Dakota. We have three wonderful grandchildren.

Reading, being outdoors, and interacting with others are activities that I enjoy. 

Sam Kautzmann

Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

Sam and Katie have been involved in youth ministry for the last decade. They met and married in Fairmont, MN, where Sam was working as the Youth For Christ Middle School Director. Sam spent most of his childhood on the mission field, including Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Peru. He graduated from LeTourneau University with a degree in Teaching and minors in Biblical Studies and Spanish. Sam is passionate about helping youth mature in their faith, accurately handle God's Word, and submit all areas of their lives to Jesus Christ. 

Elaine Carlson

Children's Ministry Director

Elaine Carlson, our Children’s Ministry Director, is a tried and true North Dakota girl.  Growing up in a large family of 8, Elaine and her husband Ray have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.  She graduated from Minot State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood.  She embraces the belief that we are all family and loves the children she ministers to and her church family here at First Baptist.  Passionate about sharing the gospel with children, her desire is to teach children that God’s Word is true and when faithfully read and applied, it will give them direction and power to live a life fully engaged by their faith in Jesus.