Our History

Sauk Trail Baptist Temple has a rich history of men of God who have served faithfully as pastor of this church! Our desire from conception has been TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. This history still lives on today through the body of believers that meet here. Here below is just a glimpse of the wonderful men that have served this body of believers!
 Pastor Don G. Humbert (Founding Pastor)
Don G. Humbert worked for the B&O Railroad for 18 years when he took a leap of faith to follow God’s call. He and his wife, Mardy, along with their three children, left the Akron Baptist Temple in Akron, OH, to go to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. He was the only one in the school’s history to graduate with a 4.0 GPA until that point in time. After graduation they moved to Park Forest, IL, and started this church on February 18, 1968. After meeting in the Mohawk Elementary School for more than three years, the church built the first building at 4411 Sauk Trail in Richton Park and started meeting there December 19, 1971, with 188 people attending that service. He went home to be with the Lord May 22, 1989, after suffering his third heart attack.
Pastor Emeritus Bruce Humbert
Our Pastor Emeritus is the first born and only son of the founding pastor. He attended Baptist Bible College to prepare for the youth ministry and graduated with a music degree. He married his high school sweetheart, Laurie Reinbold, and have five daughters and many grandchildren. He served with his father for 13 years as the Youth Pastor, Music Director, and Young Marrieds Sunday School teacher. In 1984, he became co-pastor. After the death of his father in 1989, he became the pastor of the church. God blessed his ministry at STBT; the attendance increased nearly 70%, missions giving tripled, 20 ministries started, church leadership was developed, and he led the church to build an 18,000 square-foot multi-purpose auditorium in 1994. Two other churches were started by STBT under his leadership. On May 28th, 2019 he retired as pastor and became Pastor Emeritus.
Pastor Sam Waterloo (Senior Pastor)
Sam Waterloo graduated from Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK in May 2011 and became the Youth Pastor of STBT the same year. He is from Ponca City, OK, where his dad, Dr. John Waterloo, pastors the Central Baptist Church. He and his wife Sarah were married in 2012. On May 26th, 2019 he became the pastor of the church, following Pastor Bruce M. Humbert.