Pastor David Huffstutler
Pastor Huffstutler has served First Baptist Church since July 1, 2013. He leads the church in its mission to bring glory to God through the the edification of believers, the evangelization of the lost, and the expansion of God’s work in Rockford and other fields of the world. Pastor Huffstutler also teaches as adjunct faculty for Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and serves as a chaplain for the Rockford Police Department. He completed his B.A. at Bob Jones University, his M.Div. at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“My desire for our church is that we would show the glory of God because of the grace that God has shown us. My role as pastor is to lead the church by preaching God's Word, proclaiming the gospel, loving people, being on my knees in prayer, and being an example of godliness. I pray that God uses me towards these ends.”
He began serving as a pastoral intern in 2006 at First Baptist Church in Troy, MI where he eventually became full-time staff and was ordained to the gospel ministry on November 11, 2012. While he was there, he met his wife Holly, and they were married in 2007. Holly is a registered nurse with a B. S. from Bob Jones University and also has an M. A. in Biblical Ministries from Baptist Bible College (now Clarks Summit University) in Clarks Summit, PA. They have four young children.
Visit my personal website, davidhuffstutler.com.
Pastor Hockema became one of our pastors in April of 2018. Before coming to First Baptist Church, he served as an assistant pastor for Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, MI (1997-2005), and the lead pastor for Lena Baptist Church in Lena, IL (2008-2017).
After completing his B.A. at Maranatha Baptist University, he went on to complete his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jennifer have three children: one who is married and lives in Wisconsin, and two who are in college. Pastor Hockema is thankful to be able to serve the members of FBC and the community of Rockford.