Faith Baptist Church
Staff & Leaders

  • Howard Avery
    Pastor

  • Ross Harmonson
    Deacon

  • Howard Avery
    Pastor

    Pastor Howard Avery has served at Ninth Street Baptist Church in Spencer, Iowa since March 2015. He has served in the Military for twenty-six years. During that time he served as an Army Chaplain and has been deployed three times with our U.S Forces. His last duty station before transferring to the Army National Guard was with the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., where he served as Chaplain in the 1st Brigade Combat Team; 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 52 EOD, and Garrison Senior Pastor. Pastor Avery graduated from the US Army Academy of Pastoral Studies in the following areas: Spiritual, Resiliency, Reintegration Training (SRRT); US Army, Emergency Medical Ministry Course (EMMC) US Army, T4T, ASIST, Suicide Prevention Course; and US Army, Master Resiliency Train the Trainer Course (MRT). He did his undergraduate work at Indianapolis Baptist Bible College (presently known as Crossroads Bible College), and has graduate degrees from Temple Baptist Seminary, and Great Commission Theological Seminary. He is endorsed by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) for the Chaplaincy, and is an ordained SBC Pastor. Howard has been married to his lovely wife Dawn for 21 years and they have two children Elijah and Ariana. He enjoys fishing, hunting, running, writing and restoring old furniture.