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, 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.
Ivan 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 a leader in the global mission movement, ecumenical cooperation, local ministerial associations, and regional and national denominational work. He has served on the following:
- American Baptist Churches USA General Board (denominational governing board),
- American Baptist Home Mission Societies (National Ministries),
- American Baptist Office of the General Secretary (Mission, Vision, and Planning team),
- American Baptist World Relief Committee (overseeing disaster relief and development)
- and currently, the Vice President of the Board of International Ministries (the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society)
Ivan is an advocate for teaching and leading hands-on short-term mission trips. He has facilitated trips to the Muskogee (Creek) Indian nation in Oklahoma and international trips to Baja California, Mexico, the Federation of Baptist Associations of Costa Rica (Federación de Asociaciones Bautistas de Costa Rica), and the Baptist Seminary in Liberia, West Africa. He regularly teaches and researches topics on the Bible, ethics, history, liturgy, missiology, and
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.
Ivan loves to teach in churches, colleges, and universities with missions, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, ethics, philosophy, and major world religions. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, fly fishing, gardening, feeding wild birds, traveling, and spending 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 adult children.