Isaac Crank

Isaac was born August 24, 2002, and he is the son of Shain and Jennifer Crank. When Isaac isn't working at Dairy Queen, he enjoys spending his time playing the guitar or fishing. 

Isaac plans to get his college degree in education because he feels called into ministry, and he is aware that a teaching degree could open doors to parts of the world where the gospel needs proclaimed.

When thinking about FBC, Isaac said, "FBC means the world to me. I have made lifetime friends and brothers and sisters that I can always count on. The men at FBC have shown me what discipleship truly is and how it can impact someone's life dramatically."

Congratulations Isaac! We love you very much.

Jacob Penrod

Today's graduate spotlight is on Jacob Penrod. Jacob was born October 3, 2001. He is the son of Chris and Lynn Penrod. In high school, Jacob played football and baseball all four years. Jacob was captain of FCA, Key Club president, vice-president of both Youth for Christ and National Honor Society. He also served as student body treasurer, and he was a member of pep club and Mu Alpha Theta.

After high school, Jacob plans on starting at SIC and beginning his pre-med studies before attending medical school.

When asked about FBC, Jacob said, "FBC has been a huge part of my life since I started attending in 7th grade. I'm so thankful to the body for helping me grow in my faith. I have formed so many great relationships through this church, and I'm glad I'll be here for 2 more years before I go to another school. Thank you to everyone for all that you've done for me in my walk with Jesus."

Congratulations Jacob! We love you.

Eli Shires

Today's HHS graduate is Eli Shires. Eli was born July 28, 2001. He is the son of Kenny and Christy Shires. 

Eli is still undecided about what area of study he will pursue after graduation.

In talking about FBC, Eli said, "I am grateful for the way First Baptist has shaped my morals and views on life."

Congratulations Eli! We love you.

Sam Winkleman

Today's graduate "of the day" is Sam Winkleman. Sam was born on October 14, 2001. He is the son of Matt and Laura Winkleman. In high school, Sam played football and ran track. He was also involved in Youth for Christ, FCA, Key Club, and he was a member of the WYSE team.

After graduation, Sam will attend SIUE where he not only can obtain his degree, but also serve at Red Hill Church. He plans on studying engineering and pursuing a call into the ministry. After graduating from SIUE, Sam plans to attend seminary to receive formal biblical training. Currently, Sam isn't sure if he will use his degrees to serve domestically or abroad. 

When asked about FBC, Sam said, "FBC means the world to me. Harrisburg will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will always be thankful to God for the saints at First Baptist. I have met many friends and mentors there who I consider dear to me. God has allowed my path to cross with so many people who have been an encouragement to me, who have spurred me on in my faith, and who have been wonderful examples to me. I want to say 'thank you' to those who have followed Jesus faithfully and for showing me what it looks like to serve Christ sacrificially. 

Congratulations Sam! We love you.

Sophie Winkleman

Today, we want to say congratulations to Sophie Winkleman. Sophie was born August 15, 2002. She is the daughter of Chris and Laura Winkleman. In high school, Sophie was her class president every year, and this year, she was elected as the student body president. She has been in band all 4 years and was drum major her junior and senior years. In addition to participating in the theatre department, Sophie is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society where she serves as president. She was also involved in Key Club, Music Club, Youth for Christ, and Art Club.

Beginning in August, Sophie plans to attend SIC for 2 years. While still undecided on a major, she is considering both nursing and education while prayerfully seeking God's plan.

When asked about FBC, Sophie said, "I'm beyond thankful that I've been able to call FBC home since my family moved here in 2008. I was only in 1st grade when we moved, but wow! So many of you have been there by my side and watched me grow into who I am today. All of you have taught me countless valuable lessons, but most importantly, you've shown me who Jesus is and what it means to have a relationship with Him. I am grateful for the opportunities FBC has provided me, and I'm excited to see what FBC has in store for me over the next 2 years as we continue to worship together. I love FBC and all of you with my whole heart. Thank you!"

Congratulations Sophie! We love you.