Privileged To Serve Medina Ohio

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!

John McCaw
John McCawLead Pastor
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…
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

Bruce Collier
Bruce CollierYouth Pastor
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.

Steve Lytle
Steve LytleDiscipleship Pastor
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.

John LurtzCommunity Pastor

Support Staff

Joyce Saucier Church Clerk
Joyce SaucierChurch Clerk
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.
Brenda Brei Church Secretary-Treasurer
Brenda BreiChurch Secretary/Treasurer
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.
Jamie WorkmanPreschool Director
Contact Jamie with questions about Sunday and Wednesday evening preschool care, classes, and curriculum for children from nursery through Pre-K.
Derwin Loverink Facilities Manager
Derwin LoverinkFacilities Manager
Contact Derwin with questions about the church building and grounds. Derwin also leads our drama ministry.