Our Staff

Dr. Bruce Barber, Pastor

I was born in Jacksonville FL but mostly lived in Gainesville until the late 1980s.  Jesus revealed Himself to me during a Steve Green concert in my “home” church, North Central Baptist Church in Gainesville FL.  In March 1989, God called me into vocational ministry while I was working in Home Depot–a radical experience that I  often reflect upon for perspective, strength, and encouragement.  I have been blessed to train at three fantastic schools: Florida Baptist Theological College (Baptist College of Florida in Graceville; Th.B), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (in Ft. Worth TX; MDiv with Languages), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (in Louisville KY; DMin).  I met my incredible wife, Lisa, while going to seminary in TX.   Only God could lead a beautiful woman from Iowa to meet a Florida boy while attending a church (FBC) in Euless that was holding a Bible Study in Grand Prairie.

Ministry: In 1996, First Baptist Church in Brunswick, Georgia, called me to serve as Minister of Single Adults and Evangelism.  In December of 2003, God led me to serve as Interim Pastor at Merrill Road Community Church in Jacksonville, FL.  In September 2005, I was called to serve as Pastor of this historic church.  It has been a fantastic journey of love and learning, and I look forward to God continuing to shower His blessings upon His church as we invest our very best to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).  I truly enjoy Lisa and my daughter Cydney, traveling, encouraging others, surfing, and the fighting Florida Gators!  My favorite verse is: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11.

Rev. Steve Brewton, Worship Pastor

Welcome to our website. I would like to share with you a bit about our worship. As worship leader, I believe my core mission is to facilitate worship in this body of believers. If we are worshiping God with our heart, soul, and mind, we will experience His presence and the power of the Holy Spirit.

We use prayer, hymns, gospel songs, praise songs, drama, and audio/visual presentations. We are blessed with an amazing array of God-gifted lead worshipers. Our Choir, accompanists, Praise Band and vocal team all have a desire to glorify and honor God with their abilities, natural talents, and spiritual gifts. Come join us as we seek to glorify God and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Josh Ewing, Children's Pastor

Josh joined our staff in July 2018. Josh is a graduate of Louisiana College and Southwestern Baptist Theological College. He and his wife, Christal, are a joy and blessing to spend time with. Josh brings a wealth of experience with children of all ages. His care, training, and administrative gifting—plus his humor are sure to make a lasting impact on our kids.

Spanish Ministry

Our Spanish Ministry meets for Worship at 9:00 am and Bible Study at 10:15 am each Sunday.

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Come Join Us

If you are looking for a church where you can get to know great people on a personal level, and, if you are looking for a church where you can invest your time, talent, and resources in the Kingdom of God—welcome home! If you want to belong to a church where everyone will know your name, come and be our guest this Sunday. Our worship times are 9:00 am (Spanish) and 10:15 am (English).

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