Ministry Leaders

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Nursery Ministry - Lawanda McGrath

Lawanda McGrath has led our Pre-School Nursery Ministry since 2009. Lawanda is a Registered Nurse and has 4 children of her own. This experience is invaluable and allows her to understand the importance of a well-organized, safe and welcoming atmosphere for the youngest of attenders. Having a quality place for children allows parents to enjoy the worship and various ministries more effectively. Lawanda is the wife of Associate Pastor Jason McGrath. They have lived and served at FBC since 2005.

Super Church Children's Ministry - Scott & Vickie Easterling

Scott Easterling has served as the leader of our Super Church Children’s Ministry since 2007. He and his wife Vicki have a heart to see children grow to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ and develop a relationship with him. Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Scott and Vicki excel in communicating God’s Word to the children on a level they can grasp and see Super Church as an opportunity to teach children what it means to be a worshiper of God.

Scott has lived in the Palm Bay area since 1984 and works as the VP of Product Management at Live TV. Scott and Vicki have been married for nearly 30 years. They have three children and have been attending FBC since 1993. Scott also serves the families of our church as a deacon.

AWANA Children’s Clubs - Ken Jernigan

Ken and his wife Linda have been attending FBC since 2009 and have been leading our AWANA program since 2011. They both have been working in AWANA Clubs for many years even attending as clubbers when they were young.

Ken and Linda have a heart to see young people hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to grow in their faith. “I believe Awana is a wonderful opportunity to share the Good news of Christ with the community of children surrounding us. The Awana program provides opportunities for children to have fun and hear the Gospel on a weekly basis.”

Ken has attended the AWANA Commander College and maintains a working relationship with the regional Awana missionary, leading our church to be a key supporter along the east coast of Florida.
Ken works as a Sr. Software Engineer at Rockwell Collins. He and his wife have three children.

College & Career Ministry - Dr. Jess Yates & Bryan Stoddart

Dr. Jess Yates has been attending FBC since 2004 and has dedicated himself to serving the College & Career Ministry. Having been saved while in college Dr. Yates has a passion to see this age group flourish in their walk with Christ. “I try to make them think, not just read the Bible, but really try to understand what it is saying…I also want them the know that faith isn’t blind, and that we have solid reasons why we believe what we believe.”

Dr. Yates has a love for Scripture and is a seasoned expository teacher. He is trained in Biblical & Financial Counseling and has been involved in counseling ministry for over 25 years. He has served on the deacon board as a deacon and as chairman.

Dr. Yates has a B.S. and a D.M.D. from Florida University and is a Practicing Family Dentist. He and Bertie, his wife of nearly 40 years, happily live in Satellite Beach, FL. They have 4 children; all are married and all are believers. 

Bryan Stoddart is many ways a product of the ministry of FBC. He spent much of his youth here attending and completing our youth and college age programs. He has been assisting Dr. Yates in ministering to the C&C Class since 2006.

Bryan has his Computer Engineering Degree from Florida Technical Institute and works locally at Direct Hit Systems Inc. as a Software Engineer. He uses his skills to work here at FBC in the Audio Visual and IT Ministries.

Furthermore Bryan works with the Teen Ministry as the leader of the Boys Bible Study which meets weekly. He is a skilled teacher and very knowledgeable in the Scriptures. He has also received training in biblical counseling.

Counseling Ministry - Tom Wells

Counseling Ministry

Tom Wells has a passion for God’s word and spends much of his time teaching and counseling others in its truth. He is a ACBC certified biblical counselor and certified in financial counseling through Crown Financial Ministries. “God’s Word teaches us that all believers are competent to counsel each other (Romans 15:14), and that it is a matter of being filled will the Holy Spirit (God’s Part) and a strong study of His Word (man’s Part) that can offer help and hope to other believers.”

Tom uses his training and wisdom in counseling to lead our Counseling Ministry which handles all the counseling needs of our attenders. He also serves as a deacon, teaches various Bible Studies, and works on the Audio Visual Committee, and is a trusted mentor to many in our congregation.

He has taught several counseling related series in our worship services, Sunday School classes, and Wednesday Night Training Sessions, many of which have been audio and video recorded on our web page, including:

  1. Biblical Counseling Basics
  2. Investing with a Sound Mind
  3. Money and Marriage God's Way
  4. Your Financial Toolshed

Tom has his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and works as the Sr. Engineering Manager for Advanced Technology at Harris Government Communication Systems here in Melbourne, FL. Tom and his wife Susan have been married for over 25 years have been members of FBC since 1999. They have three home-schooled children.

Church Treasurer - Vera Hall

Born in Jamaica, Mrs. Vera Hall has been attending FBC for over 20 years and serves our church primarily as the Church Treasurer, although she does also work as a Budget Committee Member and AWANA Leader.

Vera is a certified CPA and works at Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC. “I believe my training and experience as a CPA enables me to perform my ministry as Treasurer well as it is important that the finances of the church are handles in a God honoring and organized manner allowing the congregation to be provided with timely reporting of the financial status.”

Vera has served as Treasurer here at FBC for over 15 years and is in charge of accounting and financial activities. She has been married to her husband Noel for over 35 years and they have two children and one granddaughter.

The Carpenter's Project - John & Sue Conrad

John and Sue Conrad are beloved members of Faith Baptist and serve in a very challenging and unique ministry. The Conrad’s have a wonderful heart for missions and a deep burden to reach those across the world who have never heard the Gospel. John founded The Carpenter’s Project to work towards reaching these very people.

The Carpenters Project is a unique ministry that seeks to establish and assist local churched across the world; especially among unreached people groups. It helps established ministries by supplying materials to construct a place of worship. This is done alongside national pastors who are involved in acquiring a building site and designing the needed structure for their building. Since its establishment in 2001, TCP has completed over 75 building projects in 14 different countries.

In areas there are presently no established ministries, The Carpenter’s Project work with national pastors to plant churches. The Timothy Project is an initiative through TCP to provide temporary support to church planting nationals as they seek to establish a church in an area where there is no Gospel witness.

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Tabernacle of Hope Ministries - Scott & Lorraine Saxton

The Saxtons have been called to reach the lost for Christ right here in America. In February of 2000, Scott & Lorraine felt the Lord leading them to begin preparations for full time Evangelistic Ministry. They sold their successful automotive repair business, their home and their land to head for Bible College at Pensacola Christian.

They now serve the Lord through Tabernacle of Hope Ministries. “The purpose of the Tabernacle of Hope Ministry is to reach the lost for Christ through preaching tent crusades across America. We are burdened to help pastors restart or plant churches and evangelize communities alongside local fundamental Baptist churches.”

We are blessed to see the Lord use the ministry of FBC to send out the Saxtons to do the work of evangelism across our nation and encouraged to see the fruit their ministry is producing.

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H.A.R.K. Ministries Inc. - John & Bridget Cunningham

H.A.R.K. Ministries of Palm Bay Inc (a non-profit organization) is a local outreach ministry dedicated to reaching the youth of our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ through the avenue of sports. We believe that character and integrity as well as social skills and productivity can be greatly influenced by positive role models. It is our desire to impact our community in such a way.

Both John & Bridget have been delivered from a life of addiction through the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. They share a burden for young people to reach out to them and share with them the message of freedom and forgiveness through Christ. “Our youth need positive role models in their life when there is so much out there that can tear them down.” Their ministry goal is to help detour these young people and re-route them to walk down a better path...a righteous path...that path that Jesus walked.

John and Bridget have two children and are faithful members of Faith Baptist Church.
You can visit the H.A.R.K. webpage here: