Pastoral Staff

..."but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." Acts 6:4

At Independent Baptist Church our Pastoral staff are dedicated to the study of the word of God so that they may equip the members of Independent Baptist Church to profess the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve others in our community.

Donn and Lynn Hauser IBC Senior Pastor










Donn and Lynn Hauser, Senior Pastor

Pastor Donn grew up in Towanda as the son of the senior pastor of IBC Doc Hauser.  Doc Hauser was the senior pastor of IBC from 1950 until his retirement in 1993.  Donn attended Towanda School District and participated in the wrestling and football program.  After graduation from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit Pennsylvania, Pastor Donn and his wife Lynn travelled to Alaska as missionaries with Baptist Mid Missions.  There they planted the Independent Baptist Church of Big Lake.  After serving from 1981 to 1993, the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda asked him to come back to be their pastor.  Believing it to be the will of God, Pastor Donn began his ministry here at IBC on September 1, 1993.  Pastor Donn has been serving since then faithfully preaching the word of God and ministering in our community.


Lloyd and Sue Vaughn Assistant Pastor
Lloyd and Sue Vaughn  Assistant Pastor, Outreach Ministry


Pastor Lloyd is a Towanda, PA native.  In high school, Lloyd competed in football and pole vaulting and later was a standout goalie for the Edinboro University soccer team.  It was during his college years that Lloyd trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Following graduation the Lord led Lloyd back to Towanda where he taught art education for 22 years at Towanda High School and was activelly involved in coaching football, wrestling and track.  In 1995, God called Lloyd as the full time youth pastor at Independent Baptist Church and now as the Outreach and Visitation pastor.  Lloyd enjoys many avenues of ministry in our community and as a “God-coach” seeks to encourage our church body to grow and share their faith.



Mike and Lisa Shanks and Family Youth and Music Director
Mike and Lisa Shanks and Family  Music Minister, Youth Director

"Pastor Mike has been a part of the Independent Baptist Church since his birth. He grew up in the nearby town of East Smithfield, graduating from Athens High School in 1995. Mike married his high school sweetheart (Lisa) in 1996. Upon her completion of college, he pursued his bachelor degree at Baptist Bible College, completing it in 2003.  He began serving his church in full-time ministry in November 2005. He is thankful for the opportunity to work with the teens and music ministries of the church. Mike loves spending time with his wife and growing family (Lydia, Lincoln, and Landon). He also enjoys hiking, reading, and the Pittsburgh Steelers (!)."