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.”
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.”