Dr. Darren Gaddis, Senior Pastor
On April 25, 2010, Dr. Darren Gaddis and his family accepted the call to be our Senior Pastor. Pastor Darren has been in the ministry since 1989, having served churches in Florida, Texas and Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a former President and 2nd Vice President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and is a Trustee of GuideStone® Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Darren and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Leah, Ethan and Meredith. He enjoys golf, reading and traveling with his family.
E-mail Pastor Darren, or call 352-629-5683 Ext 140.
Rev. Don DePew, Jr., Pastor for Worship and Media
Pastor Don has been an active part of the FBCOcala family since 1998, re-joining the staff in 2014 to lead Redemption City Church at FBCOcala and our media ministry. Pastor Don grew up in Dunnellon and received his ordination from FBCOcala in 2004. He previously served FBCOcala as the Media Pastor, also leading our contemporary worship gathering, from 1998 until 2009. Recently, he has been a consultant in regards to media, staff structuring, and contemporary worship. Pastor Don and his wife Tammy are blessed to parent Drew and Kaycee. When he manages to find free time, he likes driving race cars, fishing, playing sports, and being outside as much as possible!
E-mail Pastor Don, or call 352-629-5683 Ext 123.
Rev. Jerry Easley, Minister to Preschool and Children
Pastor Jerry has served FBCOcala since 2003 and has been in ministry since 1987, primarily to children, youth and families at churches in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. He is a graduate of Cumberland College in Kentucky and attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his role here, Pastor Jerry serves as a Ministry Multiplier for the Florida Baptist Convention, is a licensed Church Health Consultant, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Pastor Jerry and his wife Mary Ellen married in 1969. They have two sons, Jeremy and Joel, daughter-in-law, Nicky and four grandchildren, Jarrett, Izzy, Jonah, and Ike. In his free time, Pastor Jerry manages a family business and occasionally sneaks in a game of golf.
E-mail Pastor Jerry, or call 352-629-5683 ext. 142.
Rev. Monty Grant, Associate Pastor for Business Administration
Pastor Monty has served as Associate Pastor for Business Administration since 1999. While serving as an accountant in Nashville, TN, he was called to ministry from Two Rivers Baptist Church, and earned the Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Tax Accounting from the University of Alabama. Prior to coming to FBCOcala, he served churches in Lexington, KY, Euless, TX, and Nashville, TN. He and his wife Melody have 2 cocker spaniels, Gracie and Charlie. He enjoys RV’ing, growing hot peppers, Gator football, and NASCAR.
E-mail Pastor Monty, or call 352-629-5683 ext. 120.
Rev. Danny Heath, Pastor for Worship and Senior Adults
Pastor Danny joined the FBCOcala staff in 2014 to lead worship and our senior adult ministry. He is a graduate of the Baptist College of Florida and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Since 1999, he has served churches in Florida, Louisiana, Kentucky and Missouri. Pastor Danny and his wife Shae have three daughters: Madison, Savanna and Brooklyn. Pastor Danny’s free time is spent with his family, assisting with softball teams and other family fun.
E-mail Pastor Danny, or call 352-629-5683 Ext 123.
Rev. Bruce LePoint, Pastor of Global Disciplemaking
Pastor Bruce joined the FBCOcala staff in 2016 as Pastor of Global Disciplemaking. He is a graduate of Leavell College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009, and is working on his Master of Divinity: Missions Strategies degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a Tsunami Disaster Relief Volunteer in March 2005; in the Hurricane Katrina Search and Rescue Operations in September of 2005; and as the Tsunami Disaster Relief Team Leader in March 2006. Pastor Bruce and his family recently moved here after spending five years in Turkey. Pastor Bruce and his wife Erin have three children, a daughter Lillian, and two sons Eli and Isaac. In his free time Bruce likes to fish, hunt, and trail ride and spend time with his family outdoors.
E-mail Pastor Bruce, or call 352-629-5683 Ext 137.
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