Pastor Gary Biggs was born January 18, 1957, in a little town called Keosauqua, Iowa. Shortly after high school, he married his wife, Sheila, in June of 1975. They have three daughters: Annie, Jennifer and Mandie all of whom are full-time serving the Lord. Pastor Biggs pastored in Iowa for eleven years, then in March of 2000 accepted the pastorate of Landmark Baptist Church. He has given his life to serving the Lord by ministering to God’s people. God is the center of his life and he enjoys serving God. Humor is a wonderful part of Pastor Bigg’s day to day and can be seen in his preaching. He brings smiles to all those around him. It has been truly stated that never has there been a pastor who cares more for his people and pours himself into counselling like our Pastor. He has been known to devote countless hours working through problems and helping families, no matter the hour. Pastor Biggs in a one of a kind preacher. What a better world this would be if more preachers had his character and love for God, however, since there is just one, we are blessed to have him!
10Pastor Ryan Rauhaus was born in southeast Iowa to loving parents, who taught him to work hard as he helped on the family farm. He grew up attending First Baptist Church in Mediapolis, Iowa. He was saved at the age of fifteen, and soon after called to preach, while attending Youth Conference at First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. Upon graduation from high school in 1994 he attended Hyles-Anderson College for one year before returning to help in his home church. He then continued for a time his education there by taking institute classes at night thru the church. He married his wife Annie and had two children before deciding to attend Bible college in August of 2004 at Grace Baptist College in Gaylord, Michigan. He graduated with honors in May of 2007 and was called as the assistant pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Petoskey, Michigan under his father-in-law, Dr. Gary Biggs, where he served until God led him to pastor Victory Hill Baptist Church in Steger, Illinois for three years. We are glad that God brought him back on staff here at Landmark Baptist Church in August 2014. He and his wife have been blessed with five children. Pastor Rauhaus loves the Lord and has seen his life’s verses of Proverbs 3:5-10 proven true time and again.
Pastor Jon Harwood was in the ministry for about 10 years in downstate Michigan before moving to Gaylord. He served as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Gaylord for 20 years, retiring in 2002.
Pastor Harwood brought a wealth of experience to the ministry of Landmark Baptist Church when he joined the staff in 2007.
Recently, Pastor Harwood wrote a book on the King James Bible entitled In the Arena of Faith: The King James Bible vs. The Top-Selling NIV, which is available for purchase in the Landmark Baptist Church bookstore.
We are truly blessed to have him and his family here!
Brother Teller and his wife, Sue, live in Petoskey with their three children. For the past 20 years Brother Teller has been with Rasmussen, Teller, O’Neil and Christman, P.C. as a Certified Public Accountant (www.rtoccpa.com) in Petoskey for over twenty years.
Aside from his career and serving God he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Ted has served on the Board of Directors for the Manna Food Project since 2009 and is motivated to give back to the community. He states ” it is a real blessing to help meet the basic need of having food on the table for local families.” Ted is a member of Kiwanis, involved in Rotary and is the Past President of Northern Community Mediation.