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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 for nearly 21 years, 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. 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 127.
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Rev. Bryan Bair, Minister to Students
Bryan, also referred to as “Bair” around FBCOcala, has led Image Student Ministry since November 2009. Bair has been serving in ministry since 1999 - usually involving students. He is a graduate of Florida State University and Liberty Theological Seminary. Bryan is married to his lovely wife Alena. They both count it a blessing to be parents to Gabriel, Amelia, and Brettlee. In his free time, aside from spending time with his family, he enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, camping…just about anything outdoors.
E-mail Pastor Bryan, or call 352-629-5683 ext 140.
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Rev. Don DePew, Jr., Pastor for Worship and Media
Don has been an active part of the FBCOcala family since 1998, re-joining the staff in June 2014 to lead the contemporary worship service and media ministry. Don grew up in Dunnellon and received his ordination from FBCOcala in 2004. Don previously served FBC Belleview before joining the staff at FBCOcala as the Media Pastor, also leading our contemporary worship gathering, from 1998 until 2009. Recently, Don has been a consultant to area churches and to the Florida Baptist Convention in regards to media, staff structuring, and contemporary worship. Don and his wife Tammy are blessed to parent Drew and Kaycee. When he manages to find free time, Don likes driving race cars.
E-mail Pastor Don, or call 352-629-5683 Ext 123.
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Rev. Jerry Easley, Minister to Preschool and Children
Jerry has served FBCOcala since February 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. 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, Jerry manages a family business and occasionally sneaks in a game of golf.
E-mail Pastor Jerry, or call 352-629-5683 ext. 142.
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Rev. Monty Grant, Associate Pastor for Business Administration
Monty has served as Associate Pastor for Business Administration since June 1999. While serving as an accountant in Nashville, TN, he was called to ministry from Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, 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 Ocala, 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. 127.
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Rev. Danny Heath, Pastor for Worship and Senior Adults
Danny joined the FBCOcala staff in June 2014 to lead the traditional worship service and the 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. Danny and his wife Shae have three daughters: Madison, Savanna and Brooklyn. 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.
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Rev. Kevin Kite, Pastor of Global Disciplemaking
Although he is a Texas native, FBCOcala has been Kevin’s church “home” since 1988 and he began serving on staff in January 2002. He is a graduate from the College of Central Florida, Florida State University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kevin has the great privilege of being married to Jeanna and being called “Dad” by 5 incredible children: Kelsey, Jacob, Evelynn, Lydia and Elise. It is his passion to bring God glory by living like Jesus and encouraging others to do the same. He and his family live in the woods where they experience all kinds of craziness. Kevin enjoys camping with his family, hunting, fishing and remembering the days when he used to run.
E-mail Pastor Kevin, or call 352-629-5683 ext. 145.
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