Born and raised in Southwestern Oklahoma, Byron is hopelessly determined to be a Sooners fan. Although he holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BA, Sociology), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, Pastoral Ministry), and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin, Expository Preaching), he considers his greatest achievement marrying his college sweetheart, Kim. Byron and Kim have three terrific children, Will, David, and Elizabeth. If you can’t find him at the church office, most likely he is hanging out with his family.
Byron’s ministry experience includes pastorates in Indiana, Kansas, Texas, and Florida. Joining the staff as Senior Pastor in May 2016, Byron brings a passion for preaching God’s Word. Strongly involved in missions, Pastor Byron has preached and taught in numerous countries. He loves to lead mission teams to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ both locally and globally. Byron will tell anyone who will listen, he considers it an honor to serve at FBC Inverness and to partner with such an extraordinary ministry team!
“I want to be a radical follower of Jesus Christ! And I want our church to be united in our love for Christ and compassion for others! It is my prayer that FBC Inverness be known as a grace-filled body of believers that lives out the Greatest Commandments while fulfilling the Great Commission.”
John joined First Baptist in August 2014 as our Pastor of Worship and Education. He hails from the NW Florida Panhandle, with a career spanning over 30 years of leadership experience in the local church setting. John began his Worship and Music leadership in college while attending the University of Florida. He has worked in that capacity in several churches in Florida and California in a bi-vocational capacity, and has also served full-time as Associate Pastor of Worship & Education. He has studied at the University of Florida, the University of LaVerne, and Liberty University. He Holds a BSBA in Management and Marketing, and has Post-graduate work toward degrees in Worship and Christian Education.
John is joined in ministry here by his wife, Carolyn. She is a life-long Educator, and currently teaches locally. John and Carolyn have been blessed with two amazing children: Daniel and Jenna.
“It is my passion that God’s people learn, again, how to worship Him in spirit and in truth. That they come to understand that worship is not an event; it is a lifestyle – a true, living relationship with our Most High God.”
Rob is originally from Montgomery, AL. Rob is an avid Auburn fan and loves watching his beloved Tigers play in any sport. Rob values his time he gets to spend with his family as they were instrumental in his life. His family loves to serve the local church. Rob grew up serving the church they were a part of and falling in love with God’s word. Rob came to know Christ as Lord and Savior in the summer of 2000. After his salvation experience, he began to feel that God had more in store for him. Rob went on to receive a degree from Auburn University in Montgomery (BS, Business Administration & Business Economics). After a year of working in the secular world, Rob saw God’s hand in life and that God was directing him to being in full time ministry. Rob went on to complete his masters degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv).
Rob has served churches in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. It was at his time in Mount Dora, FL, Rob met the love of his life. Amanda has been the sparkle of his eye since the time they fell in love. Rob and Amanda have been married since September 2014, Rob and Amanda have 2 miniature dachshunds, Ginger and Nutmeg. Rob and Amanda enjoy teaching, serving and ministering to the local church. Rob’s passions are for teaching God’s word and for providing missions opportunities for the church. When Rob is not at church, you can find him fishing, reading, grilling out or watching his beloved Auburn Tigers.
My passion is to make the love of Christ known to students and their families. My desire is to engage students with the love of Christ, connect students to the life changing message of the Gospel, and watch God transform their lives from the inside out. I want to partner with parents and guardians in equipping them with the resources they need to help disciple their students.
DeAnna started her career of working with children back in 1994 as an Elementary Education teacher here in Citrus County. With a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Certification she taught Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade. In 2009 DeAnna earned a Masters in counseling and continued working in the Citrus County School System as a school guidance counselor.
DeAnna (aka Mrs. Dee) has been married to Gene for 25 years and has a step daughter, Natalie who lives in Miami.
“My desire is to coordinate creative, Christ-centered children’s programs and work with like-minded adults who also have a responsibility and desire for teaching children about the love and salvation of Jesus Christ.”