Meet the leadership team at First Baptist Church

Meet our leadership

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Roger Hutto - Pastor

Roger Hutto began his ministry at First Baptist as a worship leader and youth minister in June, 1991. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Stetson University, and a Master of Divinity (Christian Apologetics) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as the pastor since the beginning of 2008. Roger is married to his wife of 28 years, Laura. They have two children, Luke and Emily. He grew up in Gainesville and is a fan of the Florida Gators. His hobbies include golf, hunting, and fishing (though he rarely engages in them).

Please connect with him on social media:

Facebook/roger.hutto Twitter: @rhutto

Roger's BEST Email: [email protected]

"Let's work together side by side to shine God's light for our county!" - Pastor Roger

Scott Connelly - Student Pastor

Scott Connelly has been a Student Pastor for 19 years and began his ministry at FBC in July 2018. In the summer of 2017 God lead him in a new area, He led him to obtain his teaching license, and he now teaches as Hamilton County High School. Scott is married to his wife Denise, and has two daughters; Destiny and Savannah. Scott graduated from The Baptist College of Florida in 2002 with a B.A in Christian Education, and went on to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2008 with a Master’s of Arts in Christian Education.

My life’s purpose to help students move from a mediocre existence in Christ to living a life of excellence in Him.

Kotcha Schillings-Worship Pastor

Lora Tyre - Executive Assistant

Lora Tyre has managed the office since January of 2015. Lora is also part of the praise team as a piano/keyboard player and singer. Lora loves all animals, but her pitbulls most of all.

April Fernett - Nursery

April Fernett is a professional childcare specialist who has been caring for our babies and toddlers for 12 years. April's goal is to introduce our children to God's love in their formative years.

Rick Young - Director of Kids Ministry

Rick and Mantha Young have been teaching and discipling our elementary-age children for nearly 30 years. Countless adults and families have experienced their unconditional love and constant encouragement to be all they can be in Christ.