First Baptist Church

Growing in Grace in Thermopolis, Wyoming

Our Pastoral Staff

Tony Newhouse- Senior Pastor

My wife, Karen, and I came to First Baptist in September of 2018 after twenty-five years of serving the Lord in California. Wyoming is not new to us, as we served with Pastor Seidel in Cody years ago. We are delighted to be back in Wyoming and especially  Thermopolis. I have pastored for over 38 years and I am truly enjoying serving the First Baptist family. I grew up in Indiana to southern parents, who moved north for employment. Karen was a pastor’s daughter who grew up in New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana. We met in Bible College and love serving the Lord Jesus together. We have one daughter, Kristin, who is married to David. They live in Northern California along with our four grandchildren: three boys and a girl.


Harvey Seidel, Pastor Emeritus

Harvey and Lois Seidel came to First Baptist Church of Thermopolis in the spring of 1994, having spent 30 years in church planting. Pastor Seidel was the founder and director of Baptist Church Planting West.

Both Pastor Seidel and Lois grew up on the farm in Iowa, and they met in Bible college. Their first ministry was church planting in Colorado and Wyoming with Fellowship of Baptists for Home Missions. They moved to California in 1983 to team up with couples starting new churches.

Bible teaching and expository preaching define the pulpit ministry of Pastor Seidel. Making the Bible both real and practical is his goal in ministry.

The Seidels have four boys, three in Wyoming and one in California. They have eight grandchildren, four boys and four girls.