Don Thayer

Don Thayer, Senior Pastor

Don Thayer has been serving as Senior Pastor of Salida First Baptist Church since August 2010. Pastor Don received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to serving at SFBC, Don was an Associate Pastor for 13 years in Central Point Oregon. Pastor Don enjoys golfing, fishing with his kids and vacationing with his family.Don and his wife Susan were married in October 1992. Susan grew up in Richland, Washington. Susan is involved in a variety of ministries at SFBC and stays busy as a mom of four kids. Susan enjoys reading, shopping and entertaining.


George Hill

George Hill, Associate Pastor

George Hill has been serving Salida First Baptist Church since May of 1998, first as the Youth Pastor and now as the Associate Pastor. George received his Camp, Recreation, and Youth Ministries degree from Judson Baptist College in Portland, Oregon and is has completed his Masters degree in Counseling from Adams State University. George enjoys doing anything with his family, follows the Colorado Rockies and has recently taken up disc golf.George and his wife Sheri were married in January of 1988. Sheri loves to do many things but her favorite is to look after her two boys, Tyler and Josh. Tyler is a senior at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he is creatively inspiring people to reach their full potential in The Lord through preaching, poetry and disciple making. Josh is a sophomore at Colorado State University at Pueblo and is pursuing a music education degree. His desire would be to use his music leading worship in the local church.


Jim LaCroix, Church Administrator

Jim LaCroix, Church Administrator

Jim LaCroix has been serving as a part-time Church Administrator at Salida First Baptist since January 2014. Jim’s passion is to free up pastors from as much administration as possible, to help them to become the leader, teacher, and shepherd God has called them to be. Besides working for Salida First Baptist, Jim also leads Young Life in Salida. When not working, Jim loves to camp with his family, golf, fish, or just be outside somewhere in the sunshine! Jim and his wife Nancy met at Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota, and were married in 1989. Nancy works part-time as an office manager for a company in Salida, and as a mom the rest of the time. Nancy loves beaches, reading, and family. Jim and Nancy feel incredibly blessed to be the parents of Sarah and Rebekah, two great teenage ladies!


James Walker

James Walker, High School Youth Director

James Walker is the High School Youth Director. James served in the mission field reaching those involved in counter-culture sports (snow, skate, surf) internationally. He has a business background in construction and currently operates a small company in Salida. James and his wife, Hayden, were married in July of 2008. Hayden is a RN at the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. She has a heart for the young women in our community and is extremely gifted in the area of hospitality. James and Hayden enjoy anything outdoors, especially if adventure is involved. They have 2 children (Josiah, Kirra) and are looking forward to being fruitful and multiplying.


Judy Dobson

Judy Dobson, Office Manager

Judy Dobson has been a member at Salida First Baptist since 1987 and serving as part-time secretary since 1996. Her husband, Ron, is a retired wildlife officer. They have three grown sons who grew up attending SFB. Judy enjoys hiking, biking, reading and spending time with her family. She currently serves in women’s ministries and she and husband, Ron, serve in the Empty Nesters ministry.