As a native of Jacksonville I grew up in a typical “cultural” Christian home. In fact, my dad was a preachers kid and my faith hero became my Grandfather Rev. TN Crick. Grandpa was an actual carpenter and church planter who is responsible for starting several churches in homes throughout the Southeast then building their church buildings, many that still stand today. My personal faith journey, however, began in the 10th grade on the baseball field at Sandalwood High-school where one of best friends shared the gospel (Gospel track showing the Bridge Illustration) with me and I finally realized my sin and need for a savior, and began following Jesus as my Lord!
My journey since that day has taken me down several paths of growth and service for the Kingdom of God. My first servant roles in churches started with teaching 5th grade boys here in Jacksonville at Ft. Caroline Christian Church and then leading bible studies in homes for singles at FBC Ft. Lauderdale, where I eventually met my wife Michelle. Over time, I found myself serving as a deacon at FBC FTL and then as a Deacon and eventual Elder at Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church in Stuart FL where we moved after finishing my medical training as a Family Physician in Columbus, GA. During our days in Stuart, Michelle and I helped launch an intensive bible study group called Community Bible Study which is still going strong today. After moving back to Jacksonville in 2014, I became involved in Evangelism and Discipleship training with the #NoPlaceLeft Movement Network and now also serve as a Connect Group leader for Young Families here at FCBC.
My family, who includes two wonderful daughters (Abby and Ashley), have been members here at FCBC for the past 4 years. I was honored to get the call from a Nominating Committee member late last year to help transition this church from our current lead pastor to a new lead pastor. As a Catalytic Leader for the #NoPlaceLeft movement I have been coordinating teams and working with church leaders for the past 4 years developing intentional processes for reproducing disciples, leaders and churches. My profession as a Family Physician allows me the great privilege of knowing individuals very personally and investing in there lives to find balance to a healthy life experience. My own experience as a Mayo Clinic Consultant and Instructor has afforded me many opportunities to train students and residents as well as be part of many teams and committees pursuing what’s best for our patients and the overall organization. I hope these life experiences will aid me as I assist with serving on the Pastor Search Team. My desire is to prayerfully help develop and lead a smooth and healthy transition of leadership that ensures a place for our current and future generations to call home and continue to be equipped as Disciples of Christ and Disciple Makers until all have heard the Good News. He is worthy!
I grew up in a small town in south Mississippi where I was raised and very active in the Baptist church. I became a Christian at the age of 12 after attending a summer camp with my church youth group.
At my home church in MS I worked in our nursery, directed and taught VBS.
In 2005 I moved to Starkville, MS, where I attended Mississippi State University, got a degree in Risk Management, Insurance and Financial Planning, and met my husband, Robert.
We married in 2007 and moved to Birmingham, AL, where we lived for two years. We moved back to Mississippi in 2009 and welcomed our first child, Kylee in 2010. Our son, Barrett, was born in 2012 and in 2013 we moved to Atlanta. During the two years we lived in Atlanta we attended FBC Alpharetta where I worked as the Assistant Preschool Director.
We left Atlanta in 2015 to move to Bloomington, IL, where we lived for 3 years and welcomed our third child, Marion Ruth in 2017.
In 2018 we moved to Jacksonville and shortly after we joined FCBC. I quickly jumped into the children’s ministry to help where I was needed and now you see me every Sunday and Wednesday checking your children in for their classes.
I feel very honored and am excited about being part of the Pastor Search Team.
I was born and raised in Jacksonville and came to know Christ at the age of 7. My parents had recently given me a new bible with a question and answer portion located in the back. For each faith question, there was a scripture reference where the answer could be found in the Word. I spent a long time reading through all of the questions and answers and began asking my own questions about salvation. Being raised in a Godly home, Jesus had been part of my life since I was born but from that point on he became my personal Lord and Savior.
I have been a member of Fruit Cove Baptist since I was in the fourth grade. I met my husband Barrett on our church campus while we were in high school. Barrett and I were married in 2009. Our son Jack was born in 2018 and we welcomed our daughter Margaret in February 2021. Over the years I have served as an adult Sunday school leader, children’s ministry volunteer and have worked with both the women’s and In His Image ministries.
I am honored to serve on the Pastor Search Team. I bring more than 14 years of experience in both nonprofit and ministry. While I am currently spending this season at home with my young children, most recently I served as the director of donor engagement and stewardship for the University of North Florida Foundation. It is my goal to humbly serve the Lord and this church that I love dearly through the pastoral transition process.
I was born in Gulf Port, MS but moved to Fruit Cove with my family in the third grade. My parents have always been active in serving in a local church for as long as I can remember. They raised me in a Christ-centered home and taught me to obey scripture before I even understood that the Bible was the living word of God. It wasn’t until I was fourteen that I realized that obedience wasn’t working out and that Christ had paid the price already. My only option was to fall into His arms and fully trust in Him for my salvation.
Although I had been attending Fruit Cove Baptist church with my family since the mid-90’s, I personally joined the church following my baptism in 1999. I was brought up that you do not join a church just to attend but to become one that serves the mission of the church. I am grateful that my youth pastor at the time drew me into teaching roles while I was in high school and college. That early discipleship led me to serve as a youth worker, college & career leader, a connect group leader, and a deacon at FCBC.
I met my wife Jennifer while we were both in the youth group at FCBC. We were married at Fruit Cove in 2006. God blessed us with two amazing daughters Abigail (Abby) and Annabelle. They have grown up in the pre-school and children’s ministries at Fruit Cove. One of my proudest dad moments was getting to baptize Abby after she gave her heart to Christ.
I am honored to serve on the Pastor Search Committee. Two of my favorite characters in the Bible are Peter and Balaam’s donkey. I know a weird combination, but I figured that if God can speak through something as stubborn as a donkey and someone as dense as a rock, then there is hope that He can use me. I am excited to see where God is leading us and am praying for His discernment in recognizing the leader that He has already chosen to serve as our next Pastor.
Growing up in India, I was surrounded by Hindu and Muslim friends who are still some of my closest friends. It was understood at that time that religion is what you are born into and tied to family, birth, and nationality. Sometimes, my friends would ask me questions such as, “Who is Jesus?” and “Why would you follow a Western God when we have a number of gods and gurus of our own?” At that time, I had no idea, so I would blurt something out and change the topic. During my college years, I joined a Bible study led by the Navigators at the university dorm. I came across the verse in John 14:6 where Jesus clearly answered “I am the Way and the Truth and Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
It was rather a jarring feeling to see why Jesus’ claim would be so exclusive. As I continued to study the words of our Lord in the Gospels, it became clear to me that He is the only One who shed His blood for me and you. He died for my sins and not only for mine, but also the sins of the entire world! He is the resurrected Savior who overcame the curse of death and gives all hope and eternal life. On an Easter Sunday morning, at 18 years of age, I personally accepted Jesus Christ into my life and was baptized in a small Brethren Fellowship in India.
I started helping lead bible studies in the university dorms. I did evangelism on the streets, this entailed presenting the gospel, clarifying the questions that people asked, and pointing them to Christ. In 1993, I came to the US to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). I joined Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and helped lead the bible studies on the UCF campus.
In 2010 our family moved to Jacksonville to join FCBC and I started serving in various ministries such as Upward Sports ministry. I also have the privilege of uplifting ministry work in Haiti.
When the Nominating Committee selected me, I prayerfully accepted. I am honored and humbled to serve on this journey. I have around 20 years in the technology industry, experience in financial, government and advisory industries, and executing strategic and transformational projects for global organizations. It will be a privilege to serve and apply my leadership and organizational skills to support a successful pastoral search. I can only do this with your support and prayers and earnestly seek them during this journey.
The Lord has given me a diverse life. I was born overseas during my father’s military service, but I grew up in South Carolina. My mother is the daughter of Filipino immigrants and my father has ancestors that fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Growing up in rural South Carolina where the population was basically half black and half white, I was often asked, “What are you?”. Most people in my hometown had never heard of the Philippines, so it was assumed that I was Chinese or Mexican. While my mixed heritage was confusing for me as a child, Christ was constant. The Lord has enabled me to feel His presence from a very young age. My parents read God’s Word and prayed with me daily. I cannot remember a time that I did not believe in God, but I do remember making the commitment to follow Him after recognizing that I was a sinner at age seven. At my childhood church, I grew up reciting the Great Commission every Sunday, and I treasured these verses in my heart. At age eleven, I felt the Lord call me to serve overseas to a specific people group.
During my college years, the Lord led me to a great church where I served as a Bible study leader and taught first grade Sunday school and preschool AWANA. My first job was as an intern in the Children’s ministry at my college church. As an intern, I set up Sunday school classes by preparing materials and painting backdrops for skits and VBS. The Lord provided me with godly women who mentored me and helped me to grow in my faith as I tried to figure out where the Lord wanted me after graduation.
In the Lord’s divine timing of eleven years, He provided me an opportunity to live overseas teaching English using arts and crafts. Through these relationships, I was able to share the gospel with women that had never heard it. Living overseas for two years, the Lord showed me many things. I experienced spiritual warfare like never before, yet also caught a glimpse of Heaven as I was able to worship God with believers from many different tongues, tribes, and nations.
Upon my return to the US, I married my husband and moved to Jacksonville in the fall of 2019. I was a substitute teacher while I completed my Masters of Education, then taught 3rd grade in 2021. After visiting many churches, we settled on Fruit Cove Baptist Church upon hearing Pastor Tim’s sermon discussing how the church is supposed to be an aircraft carrier not a cruise ship with everyone serving their duties and not being checked on for comfort.
We attended the Newly Married and Engaged Class connect group. After attending FCBC for about a year, my husband and I began serving with the college ministry because college was time for major spiritual growth in our lives and we want these students grow in their faith. We want the students and all people to know that there is nothing more important than Christ. My identity is in Him alone, not in anything other category mankind tries to put me. My job is to bring God glory and delight in His presence.
I was surprised and honored to be asked to join the Pastor Search Committee. While we have not been members of FCBC very long, we love this church body and desire to see it grow. After my son was born, I resigned from my teaching job to take care of him. During this season, my prayer life has grown because I want my son to grow up to be a man of God walking in His ways. As I pray for my son, I will diligently pray for the future of this church body as we seek out a new pastor that will work with all his heart to please the Lord by fulfilling the Great Commission.
I grew up in Houston Texas where our family attended a methodist church. As a child I recall participating in all the various plays and musicals that the children’s ministry put on. We moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1999 and shortly thereafter began attending a local baptist church. It was there at age 16 that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior; I had heard the word of God all my life but only in that moment did I feel compelled to follow in obedience.
While attending school in Kentucky my family moved to Fruit Cove in 2003, and in 2006 I followed suit. For the last 14 years as a member of Fruit Cove I have served faithfully in the music ministry playing in the orchestra on Sundays. It is through serving in this ministry that I feel the fulfillment of my desire to be used by God. For the past 2 years I have also served in the Wednesday Children’s Ministry. It is such a joy to support the growth of faith in the children of FCBC. While serving in the music ministry I met my wife Larisa, we were married in 2012. After many years of trying to have a child, we prayed and felt led by God to start the adoption process. We are currently in the waiting period of the process.
After prayerful consideration, I accepted the privilege to serve on the Pastor Search team. As the team begins the process we ask for your continued prayers that we bring honor and glory to God.
I came to know Christ in March of 1974 at 6 years of age. At the time, my father pastored a church in California, and we were having a youth revival that was led by a student/college group. After one of the services, my father and mother were in a meeting and one of the young ladies from the lead group saw me sitting outside. She approached me and asked if I knew about Jesus. I said yes (duh – my dad is the preacher). However, she started talking with me in a way that hadn’t happened before and discussed how Jesus died for me. It made me think about Jesus not as a “biblical figure” but as MY SAVIOR. Sitting on the steps of the church, I prayed with this young lady and accepted Christ right there. Afterwards, I raced to tell my parents and excitedly interrupted their meeting. Later, my parents talked with me about my experience and felt confident that I had a real experience with Christ. The impact of that decision at that time made a huge difference for me in my formative years of school and college. Although I was and am a sinner, my early life was framed by a belief that Christ is my guide, and I usually made key decisions by asking the Lord to lead me.
My first adult experience in serving the church came when I was living in Hattiesburg, MS at Temple Baptist Church. I started in choir and later as part of our worship team. Choir and worship team were my longest service opportunities, but this was my inroad into other church service. I also taught (with my future wife) classes in our Singles Group and later became an ordained deacon at Temple in 2005. I was also a member and Chairperson of our Church Personnel Committee for 4 years. In 2011 we left Hattiesburg and moved to Panama City, FL. We became part of First Baptist Church Panama City and got involved in the Children’s Ministry (our daughters were 6 and 5 years old at the time). To be honest, we loved the pastor and many members of the church but did not get as “plugged in” as we wanted to be there. When we came to Fruit Cove in 2017, we had a desire to be more missional and more relational. With our daughters, we have taken part in several mission experiences including the Romanian Mission Team, the Harvest City Church Mission, and the Mission Miami Project with the Middle School Ministry. Also, we have had several local mission opportunities including City Rescue Mission, Dream Church, and the Fruit Cove Car Show. I am currently one of the teachers for the “Parents of Middle School & High School” class and assist my wife with the Middle School Ministry food service as needed.
I was asked me if I would consider being a part of the Pastor Search Team. I requested time to provide my answer – this was because I understood the gravity of what this team will work on for the church. It is an important task that will shape our church for years to come. I accepted the opportunity to be a part of this team and want to assist in the ways necessary to help us get to the “Lord’s Outcome”. I encourage all of us to pray without ceasing for God’s will to be done in this endeavor.
Married to Debra for 18 years – daughters Gracen (15) and Samantha (13)
I am a native Floridian and native of Jacksonville. In 1987, Ron (my husband of 43 years) and I moved our blended family of four children from Duval County across Julington Creek into St. Johns County. We were the 11th home built in what is now known as Julington Creek Plantation. Just as our family has grown from 4 to 22 (8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and daughters and sons in love), we have watched this community build up and grow from virtually a few establishments – one of those being Fruit Cove Baptist Church – to what you see today. In 1988, we began attending Fruit Cove and quickly became members moving our membership from Sans Souci Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
My time in church began on the cradle roll at Franklin Street Baptist Church and at age 11, I gave my heart to Jesus who saved me and began shaping me into the woman of faith I am today. I have not been easy. In my teen and early adult years I wandered away from church, but the Lord wooed Ron and I back to church shortly after we were married in 1979. We have not looked back and have faithfully served the Lord since that time. Over the years, I have served as a church secretary, choir and orchestra member, taught youth (middle school and high school), a young adult class with Ron, served on the Nominating Committee and cooked Wednesday night supper. I have also had the privilege of being the wedding coordinator for a time at Fruit Cove. I currently lead and facilitate Monday Morning Bible Study for Women, teach a Connect Group for Women on Sunday mornings and serve on the Leadership Team for Women’s Ministry here at Fruit Cove. Also, I currently serve on a Women’s Leadership Team as a Regional Consultant for the Florida Baptist Convention. In 1998, Ron and I became part of a core group of members from FCBC to plant a church in the Mill Creek area of St. Johns County. We served at “CrossPoint” for 8 1/2 years. It is during that time that the Lord called me to minister to women. I went kicking and screaming but eventually gave in and began the journey of learning how to minister to women. I was introduced to a certificate program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Women’s Ministry and I signed up and began working through the classes to get an Advanced Certificate in Women’s Ministry. During that time, through those classes and the experience of working with and ministering to the women at CrossPoint, the Lord schooled me in leadership, ministry, spiritual warfare and His Word. My relationship with Him grew and deepened. CrossPoint went through many ups and downs in the 8 1/2 years she served the Mill Creek Community and in 2007, we closed her doors and returned to Fruit Cove.
A few weeks ago, I received a call from the Nominating Committee asking me to consider being a member of the Pastor Search Team and after a few days of prayer and discussions with Ron, I accepted. I love this church and only want the best for her. It is my pleasure to serve this church, that has served me so well for 30+ years, in the calling of a “new” pastor/shepherd who will take us into the next season of life for Fruit Cove Baptist Church. I am excited to be a part of this process and look forward to working with my brothers and sisters on the team and seeing what the Lord is going to do through us. May God bless our efforts!