Charleston Baptist Church
2800 University Ave, Charleston, IL 61920

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  • "But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." - 2 Timothy 4:5
  • "God will either give us what we ask for in prayer or give us what we would have asked for if we knew everything He knows." - Tim Keller


Doneda Wallace

Our Office Manager

Doneda Wallace

Doneda is a happy wife who has been married to her husband, Jim, since October 1982. She is a Mattoon High School graduate while growing up in Paradise, Illinois, and currently resides in rural Trilla. Not only is Doneda a hairdresser, but she has enjoyed being a Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school director, and church camp worker.

For many years she was the sound technician for her husband’s gospel singing group, “Higher Ground”. Since 1999 to present Doneda has served First Baptist as our Secretary/Treasurer.

She has three children and eight grandchildren. She is very proud and thankful for her sweet, rapidly growing grandchildren whom she adores, and also for her three children and their spouses who have chosen a life dedicated to serving Jesus in the US and abroad.

Doneda's favorite quotes:

  • "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path." (Prov. 3:5,6).
  • "It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice."
  • "You don't become a missionary by crossing the sea but by seeing the cross."