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…
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
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.
Pastor Steve grew up on a First Nations Reservation – Norway House in Maitoba, Canada, where his parents are missionaries to the Cree people. After being called to full time ministry, Steve attended Moody Bible Institute and finished at Liberty University with a B.A. in Religion specifically focused on Pastoral Leadership. Following graduation, Steve served as Camp Director at Camp CHOF and then as Communications Director at Canton Baptist Temple in Canton, Ohio. As God Shifted Steve’s focus, he joined the pastoral team here at First Medina in May of 2017.
His passion, above all else, is to see people of all ages connect with the only one who gives life – Jesus, grow in their relationship with Him, serve Him with their lives and then multiply themselves. With his wife, Heather, by his side he serves as our Discipleship Pastor. Steve and Heather have three children: Hudson, Kinlee and Sawyer. Even though Steve grew up in Canada and feels very privileged as to how and where he grew up, he is a big Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball fan.
Pastor John is originally from rural Pennsylvania, moving to Ohio 40 plus years ago after spending time
in upstate New York. He was blessed to marry Donna in 1972 and has two sons John and Paul, a great
daughter-in-law Jenne and 6 grandchildren.
God has chosen to give John and his family a life filled with adventure, trials and joy. Using these
experiences God has equipped John and his wife to minister to those who are facing life’s tragedies and
trials. Pointing them to the only one who can give the kind of comfort and peace that truly satisfies, our
John serves at First Baptist as the Community Pastor. In this position he carries out a variety of duties as
need presents itself and ministers to those in our community of First Baptist, nursing homes, hospitals,
prisons, jails and anyone God puts in his path thru teaching, preaching and visitation focusing on sharing
His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27:4 because it best describes the desires of his heart.
One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.
Caleb is our worship pastor and he enjoys leading our church in worship every Sunday morning! He is the Swiss army knife of the FBC staff! He and his wife, Dianna have a sweet little boy, Emmitt, and another baby on the way!
Contact Brenda with questions about giving, with Food Pantry requests, and for general information about the church. Brenda is our elected Treasurer. Brenda also volunteers with our Preschool Ministries and heads up our Community Thanksgiving Basket Outreach.
Britney was raised in Seville, OH and spends most of her time with her husband and 2 little boys! Britney handles all of our website, social media, email, announcements bulletin and any other communication related duties.
We believe in the mission of the Gospel and in bringing God’s Word to Medina. We are proud to be building a kingdom minded community that encourages men, women, and families to Connect, Grow, and Serve! We would like to meet you in person, so please check us out below and come say “hi” at our next service or even around Medina!