Author Archives: Dr. Ivan E. Greuter

About Dr. Ivan E. Greuter

A native of Nebraska, Ivan accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and experienced a call to the ministry at a young age. He graduated from Kearney Senior High before attending Ottawa University (Kansas) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL to earn a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling (1999) and a Master of Arts in Philosophical Theology (2002). In 2014, Ivan earned a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Spirituality from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. His dissertation: “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 served as the senior minister at First Baptist Church of Wood River, Illinois (1999-2006), and Central Baptist Church of Quincy, Illinois (2006-2016) prior to joining the staff at West Side Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Ivan enjoys French cooking, fly fishing, gardening, and playing games with family and friends. Ivan and his wife, Rexanne, live in Topeka with their three children – two daughters and a son.

The Weeks Leading Up to Easter: Fear or Faith?

Let’s be honest: Who knew how to spell “Coronavirus (COVID 19)” six months ago?  We all heard reports in December that a new virus was emerging in Wuhan, China (I had to look at Google maps to find Wuhan). More, … Continue reading

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The Heart Already Knows

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get … Continue reading

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Annie in Thailand

John 12:30-33 – Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the … Continue reading

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Don’t Spend God’s Money on Yourself

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 – Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, … Continue reading

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The Reverend Ivan E. Greuter at Central Baptist Church is organizing a four-day Spiritual  Retreat – “Conversations with the Trinity” – to our denominational Christian Conference Center at Green Lake, Wisconsin, Thursday, October 18 thru Sunday, October 21, 2012.  We … Continue reading

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Day 58 – Lift Up Holy Hands in Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1-8 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness … Continue reading

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Day 57 – Fan the Flames

1 Thessalonians 5:19 – Do not quench the Spirit. Devotion: The spring breeze stirs within my kids the desire to fly kites.  My children start singing the popular musical song, Lets Go Fly a Kite, as they frantically search for … Continue reading

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