Here at Eternity Baptist Church we have a variety of Leadership positions: Church Staff, Deacons, Sunday School, Youth Director, Children Director, Preschool Director, Outreach Director, and Trustees.



Church Staff

Pastor Karl and Christie Barnfield, they have been married for 32 years. They have 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. Bro. Karl has been preaching for over 35 years and this is his second round at Eternity Baptist Church.


Sandy Scott began serving as the secretary for Eternity Baptist Church in July of 1999 and believes God has used each place in her employment history to prepare and equip her for this task. Saved in August 1979, she thought her life would have this big change and that was not the case. Sandy knew who Jesus was but did not have a clue what it meant to live for him. It was not until she moved to Illinois and started attending Eternity Baptist Church that she discovered what real Christianity was. Re-dedicating her life in 1990 she became more properly equipped to serve and live for Jesus. Sandy and her husband Dan have 5 grown children.


Sandy Rice has attended Eternity Baptist Church since the 70’s. Sandy believes Jesus is the sinless Son of God who died for her sins, was raised by the power of God on the third day, and will return just as He has said. Sandy is a RN with a degree from Kaskaskia College. She grew up in a musical household and has served as a bass player, vocalist and a Sunday School teacher in the children’s area for over 20 years. She credits much of what she has learned about music from a former Minister of Music, Rob Davis, and from experience. Sandy is married to Gary Rice, the previous Minister of Music at Eternity. They married in 1986 and have no children. Sandy serves as a Worship Leader because of obedience to God’s call to do so. She considers is a great honor to serve The Lord, the church, and to work with the Sounds of Eternity Praise team and The Celebration Choir every week. 1 Corinthians 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in The Lord.”


Jered Stuehlmeyer has served as our custodian at Eternity Baptist Church since August of 2001. In 1989 when the Holy Spirit convicted him of his need for the Savior, Jered accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was born again. However, there came a time when Jered turned his back on his church family, they continued to pray for him, however, and in the midst of his despair, God not only gave Jered a reason to live, but a reason to live for Him. That reason was his son Jacob. God used Jered's son to pull him out of the darkness and into the light. Jered's defiance and rebelliousness towards God would be lost and replaced with love, the same love Jered was shown by Eternity Baptist Church. Jered has 1 son.



We at Eternity Baptist Church have a Deacon’s Ministry
God sets high qualifications for the men who serve in this area. Our deacons’ help lead the church in spiritual matters along with our pastor. When necessary, they deal with church discipline matters to promote unity and help our members to walk according to God’s plan. They actively council as needed, administer the Lord’s Supper, and do a helps ministry in accord with God’s word. They are honored for their role as overseers accountable to God for His people, the body of Eternity Baptist Church.


The Chairman of the Deacons is Wade Tippit. He has been a deacon since 1987 and has served as chairman for many years. Wade has discipled and taught many classes for new believers throughout the years. Wade also serves as our Sunday School Director. Julie Tippit has taught many discipleship classes and Sunday School classes though the years and works in the preschool area. Wade is helping with disaster relief.


Gary Rice has served as a deacon since January 1992. Gary is licensed and has served as The Minister of Music on several occasions at Eternity and currently plays guitar in the Sounds of Eternity Worship Band every week. Gary’s wife Sandy is the current Worship leader and Celebration Choir Director. Gary and Sandy have worked in the children’s and youth areas in the past. Gary is serving in worship.


Bruce Honaker became a deacon in February of 2006. Bruce is very active in the children’s Bible study classes and is the AWANA Commander. Bruce’s wife Pam is active on the vocal team, is the Children’s Choir Director, VBS music leader, and serves on the Personnel Committee. Bruce is leading in prayer.


Tony Sloat became a deacon on June 7, 2009. Tony is very active in the preschool department along with his wife Candace. Candace is a co-teacher in the Young Mother’s Class and works with the Pregnancy Crisis Center, and in preschool. Tony is working with one of the preschool children.


Larry Hawn began to serve as a deacon at Eternity in 2009, but had served at a previous church as a deacon since 1987. Larry actively teaches a Veteran’s Bible Study class and serves as a Trustee. Larry’s wife Yeula helps cook breakfast for the children on Sunday mornings, works in Kid’s Church, preschool and is on the Funeral Dinner Committee. Yeula also does a card ministry in the church and our Mission Committee Chairman.


Brad Tiemann became a deacon on September 18, 2011. Brad also serves as a Trustee. Brad and his wife Tonya teach a young adult’s Bible Study Class. Tonya works in AWANA and in preschool. Brad is serving in VBS.

Our Deacons and their wives love Jesus and serve!
Qualifications for Church Leaders
3 This saying is trustworthy “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” 2 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, 3 not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy— 4 one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. 7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s trap.
8 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. 11 Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. 12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. 13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3: 1-13



Tammy Donelly is the Sunday School Director.

Wade Tippit is the assistant Sunday School Director and the Adult Division Director.


Larry Hawn is our Assistant Sunday School Director.


Sunday morning Bible study for ages 6th grade through 12th grade.


Jered Stuehlmeyer is our Children’s Division Director. Jered also serves as our church janitor. Jered has taught children in Sunday school for many years. Our children’s department is for ages K through 5th grade. If you want to know more about the children’s classes, talk to Jered. All children’s program times are listed on our face page. He is also our Puppet Team Leader.

Pam Honaker is in charge of the Children’s Celebration Choir and the Children’s Hand bell Choir. Micki Adams is her assistant. All children ages K through 5th grade may participate. Talk to Pam for further information concerning these areas. Children’s choir times are listed on our face page.

Bruce Honaker is the AWANA Commander. For information on what AWANA is, go to the “Ministries” tab and then to the “children's” tab on this website. AWANA meeting times are listed on our face page. Talk to Bruce for further information.



Uretta Koontz is our Preschool and Nursery Director here at Eternity. She has served for many years in this position. She has a lot of experience with little ones. You can read more about our GLO Program under the “ministries” tab and then go to Glo Preschool. Talk to Uretta or Tony for further information.

Tony Sloat is our Assistant Preschool Director.


Brett and LaRel Davis is our Outreach-Inreach Director. Outreach is what we do as church to reach our community. Inreach is what we do to reach the members of Eternity Baptist Church. You can read more about this under our “Ministries” tab and then go to “EBC Outreach.” Talk to Larel for further information.



Eternity Baptist Church Trustees
Eternity Baptist Church is blessed to have an active and caring trustee group.
Charlie Calvin and Dave Tippit are Co-Directors of the trustees. Steve Turner (a former Director), Brad Tiemann and Larry Hoffman serve on the trustee board as well. The trustees are voted into office yearly by the church membership. Many of the men serving as trustees have made numerous trips building churches in other states with the Carpenters for Christ. You can read more about The Carpenters for Christ in our missions area of the website.
A trustee position can vary in responsibilities depending on the denomination of the church. There are some churches where the deacon/trustee positions are a dual role. The roles here are separate, but occasionally a man will serve in both positions. Brad Tiemann serves both as trustee and deacon here. This is due to the fact that trustees are servants in their respected roles. The trustees are layman with skills and a love for the church that donate time and talent to keep our facility looking and functioning well. They also help ensure that the building stays compliant with legal and safety codes. They are important to the church. The trustees work with the finance committee to make wise decisions in the spending of the church funds. This is a Biblical concept as we are to be good stewards of the money (1st Peter 4:10).
The early church met in homes (Colossians 4:15, Acts 12:12), in public areas (Acts 5:12), and assembly halls (Acts 19:9). We are blessed to have a wonderful facility provided by God through the faithful giving of His people and maintained by the hard work and dedication of our trustees. The church is the people and the building is where we meet. Under the direction of the trustees is how the facility is maintained.




Contact Information

500 W McCord Street
Centralia, IL 62801

Phone: 618-532-9596