Our Senior Pastor is M. Shane Klein. He retired from 23 years in the Iowa Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic in 2020 and received his call to pastor at VFBC that same year. Pastor Shane received his M.Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2021, having worked toward that goal since graduating with a B.A. in Music from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012. His wife, Sara, is a graduate of UNI as well, and has been a teacher and math coach for the Waterloo Public School District since 2012.
Pastor Shane and Sara grew up in the area and have 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their younger daughter, Cora, and younger son, Sam, recently graduated from Union High School in La Porte City. Their older son, Gabe, lives and works in Omaha, NE, and their older daughter, Lizzie, lives and works in Dallas, TX.
Pastor Shane has a deep desire to see God’s Word faithfully preached and taught, not only from the pulpit but in every area of life. His greatest delight as a pastor is to see God’s people sanctified in its truth, fully embracing the doctrines of the faith as ultimately embodied in Jesus, and understanding those truths to be far more than propositional in nature, but Personal and provisional in the context of a relationship with Christ as Savior and Lord, who alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In his free time, you can usually find Pastor Shane reading theology or philosophy, still trying to master the guitar and various other musical instruments, or just enjoying the company of friends and family in thoughtful conversation.