I have been the senior pastor of First Baptist Church since July 2002.
I was born in Johnson City, NY while my dad was a student at Baptist Bible Seminary. Most of my childhood and teen years were spent in Willingboro, NJ, where my dad was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Willingboro.
I graduated from Baptist Bible College of Clarks Summit, PA in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology. It was during those years that I married Deborah Smith. We have three wonderful children, Melissa, Mark II, and Matthew. My hobbies are fishing and coin collecting.
After graduating from BBC I began working at Summit Baptist Academy and attended Grace Theological Seminary and earned a MA in Christian School Administration. The first 14 years of my ministry career were spent in Christian schools, mostly as an administrator.
Before coming to DuBois, we spent 11 years in Hemet, CA where I was the Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hemet, CA.
We thank the Lord for leading us to DuBois. The wonderful people of First Baptist have been a great blessing and encouragement in our lives.
Philippians 1:3-6 is one of my favorite verses and is my prayer for our church.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
I have been on staff as an Assistant Pastor since 2008. I married Erin that same year, and we have two amazing boys, Hudson and Charlie.
I grew up in Southern California, but moved to DuBois in the middle of high school when my father (Pastor Mark) was called to pastor First Baptist Church. During my college years, I spent eight months living and working with missionaries in Durban, South Africa. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Clarks Summit University, a master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and was ordained by First Baptist Church in 2014.
I have a youthful spirit and a passion for introducing people to Jesus. My responsibilities include leading Common Ground (youth group), teaching and serving as the chaplain at DuBois Christians Schools, preaching, counseling, playing guitar on the praise teams, and individual discipleship.
In my “down time,” I enjoy spending time with my family, running, hunting, and fishing.
Philippians 3:8 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
Director of Community Relations
I have a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from Clarion University, and many years of experience in the business world in buyer communications, marketing, and public relations.
At First Baptist Church my role is to form and maintain strong, positive relationships with our church families, new members and the local community. I also teach our "Strengthening Families" Sunday School class, and work closely with the pastoral staff.
I grew up in Curwensville, PA and currently live in Treasure Lake, DuBois, PA. My family includes my wife, Patty; as well as our son, David. Our daughter, Jennifer Bailey, lives in York, PA with her husband, Keith, and our grandson, Ethan.
I graduated from Curwensville Joint High School and DeVry Technical Institute of Chicago, IL. After over 35 years of service I retired from AT&T, and became Custodian at First Baptist Church and DuBois Christian Schools in October 2002.
My favorite Scripture passage is John 14.