Pastoral Staff

God has blessed us with an incredible pastoral staff, led by senior pastor, James Gillespie.  Pastor James is a gifted speaker and heartfelt leader.  James and his wife, Tiffany, have a desire to see people come to know Jesus and an unquenchable love for foster care.


    senior pastor

    Pastor James was born and raised in Kansas.  He and his wife Tiffany answered God's call to ministry in 2004 and have served at Andover Baptist since 2007.  They are currently in the process of adopting a young girl and are excited about becoming first time parents.  Pastor James graduated from Tabor College with a degree in Christian Ministry and is certified in MAPP and Deciding Together training.

    Favorite Book: Celebration of the Disciplines by Richard Foster

    Favorite Movie: Rocky IV (Yo, Adrian!)

    Favorite Bible Verse: Acts 16:31

  • IAN RakeSTraw

    student pastor

    Ian was born and raised in Kansas. He's been a youth leader throughout the years of Andover Baptist and has a strong devotion in teaching the youth about Jesus and his ministry and does so in ways that they can understand.


Andover Baptist seeks to live out the Biblical model of servant leadership in every area of leadership.  This is seen, perhaps most clearly, through our deacon staff.  Our deacons are not only leaders; they're servants.  If you have a prayer need or concern, these men take serving God's Kingdom and God's people seriously.

  • jim murray

    Jim is proud veteran of our U.S. Army.  He served border patrol in Germany, where he met his beautiful wife, Crystal.  Jim and Crystal have been a part of Andover Baptist since 2000 and Jim was ordained as a deacon in 2008.  Jim and his wife have 5 children and enjoy spending time with their 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  Jim is a prayer warrior.  He records the prayer needs of our church, community, and country and lifts those concerns up to God during each and every Sunday morning worship service.

    Favorite Movie: History and documentary films (especially military ones)

    Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

  • Brian ambrose

    Although Brian has served in multiple capacities at Andover Baptist since 2015, he is the newest addition to our deacon staff, having been ordained in 2020.  Along with his new role as a deacon, Brian has served on our student ministry, audio/visual, and usher teams.  Brian is a great example of what it means to be a servant leader.

    Favorite Book: Star Trek: Vendetta

    Favorite Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo

    Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9


Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!  Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.  Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!  Psalm 98:4-6 (NLT)

  • Ian Rakestraw


    Ian has always had strong vocals and does have a passion for singing. He used to do a lot of karaoke in the past, but is now happy to share his vocals by praising the Lord. There are a number of artists that Ian gets his inspiration from. 

  • tiffany gillespie

    Piano & Vocals

    Tiffany is a teacher at heart.  Her love of music and teaching culminate in her spending some of her free time teaching piano to young, aspiring musicians.  Tiffany shares a heart for foster care with her husband, Pastor James. As of 2019, they are in the process of fostering to adopt an eight year old daughter.

    Favorite Song: September by Earth Wind & Fire

    Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz

    Favorite Bible Verse: Acts 16:31


So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. Romans 10:17 (HCSB)


    sunday school director

    Having graduated from Newman University with a degree in elementary education, Tiffany brings an expertise to our Education Department that is invaluable.  Tiffany shares a heart for foster care with her husband, Pastor James.  As of 2019, they are in the process of fostering to adopt an eight year old daughter.

    Favorite Book: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz

    Favorite Bible Verse: Acts 16:31


    children's church director

    Jennifer loves serving in our community and telling young people about God's love for them.  Jennifer and her husband Chip volunteer their time to multiple local organizations such as Girl Scouts of America and Tornado Alley Young Marines.  Jennifer has served in ministry since 2010 and has four children; Alexis, Zach, Cara, and Zoe.

    Favorite Book: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

    Favorite Movie: Office Space

    Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 10:13

  • gary gillespie

    senior adult class

    Gary is a retired welder and construction foreman.  He enjoys working hard with his hands and serving the Lord in the same way.