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Senior Pastor: Dr. Bryson (Gene) Bell


Dr. Bell has served as a Pastor for more than 25 years, having served the people of First Reformed Church for the past 16 of those years. Dr. Bell and wife, Vicki, have lived in the Bluffton community for 26 years and have raised their children here.


Dr. Bell says, “I love being a pastor and have been called to that service.” Vicki serves as the Director of the Wells Community Boys and Girls Club in Bluffton and has served in that capacity for nine years. Our two children and grands all live in the Bluffton community.


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


“We are seeking to see First Reformed Church grow in every way and are so thankful for what God has done. But, we are looking forward to what lies ahead and what God is going to do in our future. I invite you to come and be a part of real spiritual growth in discipleship.”

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Music Director and Christian Education Coordinator:

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 eleven 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.

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.

Family Ministries Assistant: Jennifer Sturgeon 

Jen Sturgeon is an honorary Hoosier, having grown up in Illinois; she moved to this area in in 2008 after a stint as a missionary in Swaziland. She wanted to be a teacher from the age of 5, and as a result, has a B.S. in Elementary Ed and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught in secular public and private settings, as well as adults and youth in the church. Her passion is bringing people of all ages to a deeper level of intimacy with Jesus and developing a stronger commitment to living the abundant life He came to give us!

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!

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