Thanks for checking us out! We’d be honored to have you visit us in person. Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand who we are and what we believe.

What is our Mission?

First Baptist Church of Ocala exists to glorify God by making disciples of all nations.

What are our Core Values?

The Glory of God
Lead every person and ministry of our church to please and glorify God above all else.

The Sufficiency of Scripture
Every person and ministry of our church rooted in God’s Word and embracing it as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

Godly Leadership
Call, equip, and empower leaders who live for Christ and who lead others to do so as well.

Missional Living
Commission every believer to think and act as a missionary in his or her local context.

Global Disciplemaking
Equip and empower believers locally and abroad to be disciples who make disciples.

Genuine Relationships
Encourage relationships and mutual accountability with other believers in an atmosphere of grace, love, service, and acceptance.

Christ-Centered Worship
Engage in Christ-exalting personal and corporate worship.

Generous Participation
Every person enthusiastically participating in the life of FBC.

Prayerful Dependence
Confess our dependence on God in all things by living prayerfully.

First Baptist Church of Ocala is in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention and subscribes to The Baptist Faith and Message.

Staff Directory

You can email any FBCO staff member by using their first name and then @fbcocala.org.

Dr. Darren Gaddis
Senior Pastor

Danny Heath
Executive Pastor

BJ Hurse
Pastor for Disciplemaking & Mobilization

Monty Grant
Pastor of Operations & Membership

David Burtt Photo

David Burtt
Pastor for Worship

Dr. Ed Johnson
Pastor Emeritus &
Young at Heart Pastor

Hunter Lee
Pastor for Students

Travis Cornell
NextGen Kids Director

Dee Helinski
NextGen Preschool Director and Disciplemaking & Mobilization Assistant


Shannon Robinson
Financial Assistant

Jana Finch
Financial Assistant

Kristi Weber
Ministry Assistant & Receptionist

Beverly Flory
Young at Heart Ministry Assistant

Amelia Whinnen
NextGen Ministry Assistant

Worship and Media

Kathy Coleman
Worship & Media Assistant

David Ripple
Worship Associate & Student Worship Director

Melody Grant
School of Music Administrator

Kevin Rizzo
Director of Technical Services

Chris Bryan
Director of Video Production


Tracey Touchton
Calendar & Graphics Assistant

First Steps Preschool

Cheryl Griffis
First Steps Preschool Director

Stephanie Castillo
First Steps Preschool Assistant Director

Housekeeping & Facilities

Mike Bowen
Buildings Assistant

Deon Campbell
Housekeeping Supervisor

Andy Tinkham


Community Groups: 9:15 AM
Worship: 10:30 AM

2801 SE Maricamp Rd.
Ocala, FL 34471