First Baptist Church - Medina, Ohio


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Bruce Collier, Youth Pastor

Pictured at left: Bruce & Carla Collier and children Adam & Hope

Pastor Bruce is originally from Brunswick, Ohio. He served as Student Pastor with a church in Jacksonville, Florida, for the past 9 years. He is actually a graduate of First Baptist Christian School, known today as Medina Christian Academy, right here in the First Baptist Church building. He joined the staff as Student Pastor in June 2014.

Bruce earned his BA from Liberty University (Communications-PR/Marketing, with minors in youth ministry and psychology). He met his wife, Carla, when both were serving with a youth ministry in her hometown of Clarion, Pennsylvania. They have been married since 2001 and have a son, Adam, and a daughter, Hope.

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Jake Poole, Worship Pastor

Pictured at left: Caden, Jake, Holland, and  Aliyah Poole

(Photo by Kate Oren)

Jake Poole was appointed as Worship Pastor by Lead Pastor John McCaw in November 2013. Pastor Jake has served as our worship leader on a part-time basis since January of 2013. Prior to coming on staff full-time, he worked as a youth leader and worship leader for the Salvation Army of Medina.

Pastor Jake studied History at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where he earned his BA, and holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Ohio University. He began leading worship as a graduate student and has led a variety of bands and musicians at churches, retreats, and youth services. He and Holland were married in 2012. They welcomed their son, Caden, in 2014, and their daughter, Aliyah, in 2016.

Asked about his philosophy of worship, Pastor Jake wrote this:

"Worship is simply living our everyday lives in sacrificial obedience to God, so that He gets the honor and praise (Romans 12:1). We sometimes miss this and wonder why we feel cold toward God when we gather together as a church. How did you do the other six days in praising Him? As for our worship gatherings, I've heard an analogy that a good worship leader is like a guide taking a hiking group up a mountain. The hiking group is the congregation. We guide them up to the top so they can see the Son. My philosophy of worship is simply this: Jesus is the rising Son on the mountaintop and I want to take people there."

Read more about Jake in this November 2013 email interview.

Contact Pastor Jake Poole

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Church Clerk
Contact Joyce Saucier

Contact Joyce to put items in the Wednesday prayer bulletin, to learn more about Missions at FBC, to volunteer with our UPLIFT Ministry, or to learn more about our church history. Joyce also serves as our elected Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Missions Treasurer. Joyce volunteers with our Wednesday evening AWANA Clubs.




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Brenda Brei

Church Secretary/Treasurer
Contact Brenda Brei

Contact Brenda to make appointments with the pastors, with questions about giving, with Food Pantry requests, and for general information about the church. Brenda is our elected Treasurer as well as Assistant Clerk. Brenda also volunteers with our Preschool Ministries.





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Melissa Reno

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Contact Melissa regarding the church website, the Sunday bulletin, and general church information. Melissa volunteers with LIFEkids and Awana Puggles.  She and her husband, Jody, also lead a MarriedPeople Small Group.






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Susanne Malena

Preschool Director
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Contact Susanne with questions about Sunday and Wednesday evening preschool care, classes, and curriculum for children from nursery through Pre-K.





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Anitra Simpkins

LIFEkids Director
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Contact Anitra with questions about LIFEkids, our ministry for kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade.





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Derwin Loverink

Facilities Manager
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Contact Derwin with questions about the church building and grounds. Derwin also leads our drama ministry.

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  John McCaw, Lead Pastor

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   Pastor John, LaVonna,

   Benjamin, Ethan, Isaac and Levi

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I'm so glad you've checked out our website!  First Baptist Church is a genuinely friendly and loving family. We're always looking for new people to join us. You'll find a healthy mix of ages and a non-judgmental atmosphere. We strive to be God-focused in our worship, Bible-centered in our teaching, and culturally relevant in our methods. If you're looking for a fresh start, stop in this Sunday!

I was called to be Lead Pastor of First Baptist in August of 2013. I'm a graduate of Cedarville University and earned an M.Div at Grand Rapids Seminary. LaVonna and I were both born and raised in northeast Ohio and we're proud to call First Baptist of Medina our home. Our four boys love it here, too. Hope to see you soon!      

Some of my favorites…john sharper

Food:  Chipotle

People:  LaVonna & our army of boys

Coffee:  Dunkin' Donuts (Unless FBC's coffee bar is open!)

Teams:  Committed to the Indians, Browns, & Buckeyes. "There's always next year…"

Recreation:  Running, Hiking, Swimming, Camping. I'm an aspiring hunter who has a lot to learn.

Ohio Destination:  Hocking Hills

Verse:  Galatians 6:14

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  John McCaw

   Position: Lead Pastor







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  Jake Poole

  Position: Worship Pastor







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Bruce Collier

Position: Youth Pastor





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Steve Lytle

Position: Discipleship Pastor






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Jerry Roth

Position: Community Pastor








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