The Iowa Baptist Fellowship’s purpose is to encourage and help like faith Bible believing pastors and Independent churches in our state to better reach their communities for the cause of Christ.  We want to provide friendship and fellowship for the pastor and his wife, advice and help to their churches, and assistance as needed to improve and strengthen their outreach ministry, and to provide some items at a greatly reduced cost and effort because together, we are stronger and can do more.  


Randy abell

Randy Abell is the pastor of Heartland Baptist Church in Ames, IA.   He is the chairman of the Iowa Baptist fellowship. 

Randy has been married to his wonderful wife Deanna for over 30 years, has two great kids and one grandchild.  He started the church in Ames in 2003 and has been through several building programs.  He has a heart for building churches and loves helping other churches around the state of Iowa.  

Brian Harris

Brian Harris is the pastor of Albia Baptist Temple.  Currently, he is serving as treasurer for the Iowa Baptist Fellowship.

My wife Mindy and I have raised 2 boys and 4 girls.  We also have 8 grandchildren.   In October 1994, Albia Baptist Temple called me to be their pastor.  I worked part time as their pastor for approximately five years.  I continued for another ten years part time when in 2008 I became their full time pastor. We moved into our current church location in 2005.   

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Shane Rader

Shane Rader is an associate pastor at Heartland Baptist Church in Ames, IA.   He is the web administrator of the Iowa Baptist fellowship. 

Shane married Christen on August 23, 2008. They have two children, Colton and Sadie Ann.  Shane graduated from Baptist Bible College.  Shane has  worked as the Director of Student Ministries for West Division, served as youth pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX. At the end of July in 2016, he and family moved to Iowa to start working at Heartland Baptist Church.

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