Senior Pastor: Dr. Bryson (Gene) Bell

Dr. Bell has served as a Pastor for more than 20 years, having served the people of First Reformed Church for the past 15 years. Dr. Bell and Vicki have lived in the Bluffton community for almost 20 years and have raised their children here – a daughter, Vanessa, and a son, Jaye.  Both are married and have blessed them with three grand-children.  


Dr. Bell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Biblical Languages and Theology.

Associate Pastor: Rev. Duane Modlin

Pastor Duane Modlin has served in full-time ministry for over 15 years and was brought on staff here at First Reformed in December of 2018. He has been married to Julie for 14 years. Julie is a sixth grade English teacher at Mami Middle School. They have twin nine-year-old daughters (Sophie and Emma).

Pastor Duane holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biblical languages and apologetics. He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in Pastoral Ministries.


Worship and Youth Ministry Leader: Isabella Stutzman

Isabella grew up in Uniondale, Indiana and has lived there her whole life. She has just begun her career in ministry but is not necessarily new to ministry itself. She has been volunteering and helping in church for almost eight years. Isabella studied piano for seven years, four of which were completed through Studio 88 in Bluffton. She completed her Discipleship Training School through Youth With a Mission (YWAM) on February 28, 2019, which included a two-month mission trip to the Philippines.

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Church Secretary: Dianna Keesler

Dianna moved to Indiana 14 years ago from Southern Ohio.  She is married and has three sons. Dianna has been on staff at FRC since November of 2007.


Church Custodian: Duane Caley

Duane joined the staff at First Reformed Church as the church custodian in October, 2015. His attention to detail and daily upkeep of our facilities is impeccable.  We greatly appreciate his efforts, and are glad to have him as part of the team!