On behalf of the church family, I would like to invite you to the First Baptist Church of Altamont. I believe you will be greeted warmly and made to feel at home. I also believe you will have a positive experience in which you will be able to worship freely and joyfully.

Finally,I believe you will hear a biblical message that will speak to your life and offer practical instruction. If you do not have a church home, I invite you to consider our church.

I offer myself to you as your pastor and this church as your church family. I believe we can be a real blessing to your life, and you can be a blessing to us. We have a full program of activities designed to give you and your family the best in Christian worship, education, fellowship, ministry, and service.

The more you get involved, the more you will discover a wonderful sense of belonging. Please know you will always be welcome at the First Baptist Church of Altamont.

Pastor Lowell

Dr. Lowell Donnelley Biography

Our Pastor

Dr. Lowell Donnelley was born and raised in Vandalia, Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri; a Master of Religious Education and Doctoral Study from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and Doctor of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has served as a minister in Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Canada, Hawaii, and Illinois. He began his pastorate at the First Baptist Church of Altamont in August of 2003. Previously, he worked 11 years as a student services administrator at the University of Illinois and Oklahoma State University. He served four years in the United States Air Force, including one year in Viet Nam.

Photo of Dr. Myrta Donnelly

Dr. Mirta Donnelley is a native of Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Science in Piano Performance degree from the University of Brazil in Santa Maria and Master of Arts in Music Education degree and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has several years of experience in Music Ministry in German Baptist churches in Brazil and Southern Baptist churches in the United States. She has taught music in private and public schools. She currently teaches private piano lessons in Altamont and nearby Effingham. The Donnelley’s have two children, Lucas and Megan.