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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  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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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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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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  Jerry Roth, Community Pastor

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Pastor Jerry's ministry includes meeting the needs of First Baptist Church's "senior saints." He spends many hours making hospital visits and bringing encouragement from the Word (and eliciting groans with an endless store of jokes for every occasion). Pastor Jerry also leads Bible studies and welcomes Sunday morning visitors. Jerry and Karen are natives of Illinois and have five children, all married and actively serving in their churches. Jerry has completed 70 hours of Bible and Christian training at Moody Bible Institute.

Some of Jerry's Favorites...

BooksOf course my favorite book is the Bible. I love it all, but have a special love for the Gospel of John and the book of Philippians. Outside of the Bible, I’ve been blessed by Tortured for Christ, Search for Significance, and The Purpose Driven Life

Scripture: Psalm 37; Psalm 188:17; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 2:8-10

MoviesLord of the Rings Trilogy, Driving Miss Daisy, The Green Mile, Shadowlands, Weekend at Bernie’s, It’s A Mad, Mad, World, Cat Ballou. Anything with Clint Eastwood, and almost every movie by John Wayne, especially his last, The Shootist.

Sports: I enjoy an occasional football game, but my favorite sport to view is the Ultimate Fight Championship.

Public Speaker: Ronald Reagan


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