Our Ordained Minister
The Reverend Doctor Ivan E. Greuter, Senior Minister – A native of Nebraska, Ivan grew up on the Great Plains where he received his call to the ministry at an early age. After graduating high school in Kearney, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Ottawa University. He immediately enrolled in the Master of Arts in Philosophical Theology degree and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling degree as a presidential scholar at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Illinois before being ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA in 1999 at the First Baptist Church of Wood River, Illinois. Ivan has faithfully ministered in American Baptist churches in Wood River and Quincy, Illinois before joining the staff at West Side Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas in 2016. He has been an active leader in ecumenical cooperation, as well as, a leader in local ministerial associations, area Baptist associations, the regional boards of directors, and national denominational work serving on the General Board of the ABCUSA, Board of National Ministries (American Baptist Home Mission Societies), the Office of the General Secretary Mission, Vision, and Planning team, and currently on the Board of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (aka International Ministries) and World Relief Committee.
Ivan is an advocate for teaching and leading hands-on short-term mission trips. He has facilitated trips to Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as well as international trips to Baja California, Mexico, and with the Federation of Baptist Associations of Costa Rica (Federación de Asociaciones Bautistas de Costa Rica). He regularly teaches and takes classes in the Bible, ethics, history, liturgy, missiology, and Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.
In 2014, Ivan graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Iowa. His dissertation was: “Searching For God When You Have Lost Your Dogma: The Promise of New Life for an American Baptist Congregation by Increasing Passionate Spirituality through Devotional Consideration of the Doctrine of the Trinity and Natural Church Development.” He has enjoyed post-doctoral studies in European Religious History at Christ Church, Oxford University, UK, as well as teaching in the Department of Humanities at John Wood Community College with a special focus in Ethics, Philosophy, and Major World Religions.
Ivan loves to cook, fly fish, garden, feed wild birds, write, and spend quality time with his family and friends. His life-long goal is to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and an excellent husband and father. Rexanne and Ivan live in Topeka, Kansas with their three children.