OUR STAFF

Dr. Derek Lambert

Senior Pastor

dlambert@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154

God has called me to serve His Kingdom through the church. Some of my greatest joys have come through serving alongside other believers as we have proclaimed His love and His Gospel to the world.

Nichole and I married in June of 1997. Over the years our family has grown from just the two of us…all the way to seven! Our two oldest daughters, Alana and Bella, He provided naturally, while James, Sylver, and Isa were supernaturally given through the ministry of fostering and adoption.

I like to tell folks that I was born twice in the same week, twenty years apart! I was first born on February 11, 1978, then BORN AGAIN on February 8, 1998!

My favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 15:10a, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.”

Shane Mitchell

Pastor of Music and Senior Adults

smitchell@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154

For the past 28 years, my beautiful wife, Melissa, and I have had the honor of serving the Kingdom of God through the local church in the area of worship and creative arts ministry with additional leadership responsibilities that included senior adults, church planting, and disciple multiplication.  We are confident that God has called us to live our lives as servant missionaries sent to make disciples of Jesus, who make disciples in all of life.  My spiritual gifts of evangelism and exhortation combined with a talent in music have helped me lead the local church through worship and encourage them to worship and serve Christ by living life in community, and life on mission.

 

Melissa and I were married on February 25th, 1995.  We are blessed to have two grown children, Natalie and Daniel (whom we affectionately call, “Boone”).  Both of our kids love Jesus and have been an active part of our ministry.  They continue to serve the Lord and others through their own spiritual gifts.  Natalie often helps me lead our congregation in worship as a member of our praise team.  Boone and his sweet wife, Julia reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee where they help serve in the areas of student ministry and worship leading at Oakwood Baptist Church.

 

We are so excited to be here in Sebring and to join the faith family of First Baptist Church.  My favorite scripture verse is found in 2 Timothy 1:8&9, “Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in the suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

Ryan Myhre

Associate Pastor of Discipleship

rmyhre@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154 ext 23

I love serving as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and have been on staff since 2019. I obtained an International Business degree (Business and Spanish) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and my Mdiv through Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Discipleship holds a special place in my family’s heart, as it was through a “Discipling Church’s” faithful ministry that the Lord brought me to a saving knowledge of Christ and it was where God continued to equip me with the Word and grant opportunity to be discipled, intern, lead the youth group, teach Senior High Sunday school, and be called an Associate Pastor. Each step provided growth, depth, as well as further joy and reliance on God. Prior to fulltime ministry, I was a teaching tennis professional and a USTA High Performance Junior Development coach for 17 years.

God graciously opened my eyes to see my sinful condition and drew me to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone through His Word, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved”, (Romans 10:9-10).
 

My wife Nicole is an RN at Advent Health and we have been married for 19 years. We enjoy being active, engaging in ministry, and helping people take the next step in their spiritual lives. The Lord has blessed us with two beautiful and talented girls, Ryleah and Alayna, who have a love and desire for God and His Word.

Lonnie Hill

Pastor to Students

lhill@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154 ext 33

I have served as the Student Pastor at First Baptist Sebring since 2014.  As the student pastor, I have a strong desire to see students become fully devoted followers of Jesus.  I love to see God work in the life of a young person, to see them grow in their faith, and then lead others to faith in Jesus! Mari and I were married on Valentine's Day in 1999.  We have two sons, Alex (11) and Aaron (3). 

 

I gave my life to Christ in 1989, at the age of 14.  My favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:2 - “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and perfect and pleasing.

Herb Long

Staff Evangelist

hlong@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154 ext 24

I have been married to my wife Dorothy for 57 years. I enjoy traveling, golf, reading, and getting together with friends. I love being around people and listening to old radio programs and watching movies from the 40’s and 50’s.I joined the Army after High School serving on active duty for 3 years. Then worked in the corporate world until I started my own business. After 16 years of running a business, I was called into full-time ministry.

 

I’m a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and have served churches in Georgia and Florida. I retired after serving First Baptist Oveido, Florida as Assistant Pastor and Minister of Evangelism. My nickname at that church was “The Big Dipper” because in the 20 years I served there, I baptized over 4,000 new believers. I am excited to serve at First Baptist Sebring as Staff Evangelist.

Luis Luna

Hispanic Mission Pastor

Phone: 863-385-0892

I have been in ministry for over 30 years. I had the privilege of being a part of many different ministries throughout Costa Rica before God led my family and I to The States in 1999. In February 2004 we were led to First Baptist Sebring. My wife, Dunia, and I have been married for 42 years. We have four adult daughters, Haidy, Deividet, Priscilla, and Larissa, who have blessed us with 6 beautiful grandchildren. 

 

My favorite bible verse is Romans 10:15… And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.”

 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, woodworking, and watching soccer.

Jeff and Ginger Bell

Co-Directors of Children's Ministry

kids@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154 ext 33

Jeff and Ginger love serving in children and family ministry because of what Psalm 78:5-7 promises to our future generation of leaders, “He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;”.

Our desire is to encourage and equip the next generation to know Jesus personally.

Jeff and Ginger have been married for 42 years (1978), and they have one beautiful daughter Allison Dailey married to Bill, and they are blessed with 3 awesome and busy grandsons, Ben age 8, David age 6 and Isaac the big 4.

Ginger was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and at the age of 9 in December 1964, she put her faith in Jesus as her savior. As an adult, she attended a Bible Study Fellowship, and there fell in love with God’s Word and the desire to make Jesus the Lord of her life. Her life verse is Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

While in college, Jeff gave his life to Jesus as Lord at 20 years old on Easter Sunday, 1972. He immediately realized that living for God and following His direction gave him a real lasting purpose. His initial discipleship training was with the Navigators campus organization and then personal study in the venue of the local church. His favorite verse is Romans 8:6, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” We all want life and peace!

Alison Whitehurst

Pre School Director

awhitehurst@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154 ext 34

I have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to work with children. I went to college for my AS degree in early childhood education and started working here in June of 2001 as the Assistant Director in the afternoons and started teaching. I was asked to step in as Interim Director as of May 2019 and absolutely love what I do. Not only do I get to interact with all the kids and their families now, but I also get to be with all of our staff.

I have been married to my husband George for 17 years and we have 2 daughters. Raegan is 14 and in the 9th grade and Riley Grace is 12 and in the 6th grade. I have been a member of First Baptist Sebring my whole life and was baptized at 5 in the old glass church by Brother Jay McCall. I grew up in a Christian home but truly started living my life for God when I started working here. Being around other Christians at work made it easier to give my whole self to our Lord and live the way I knew I needed to. My all-time favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Lynda Hodge

Business Administrator

lhodge@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154  ext 30

I’ve worked for First Baptist Church Sebring for over 22 years. I was hired as a Ministry Assistant in January 1998 and transitioned to my current position in July 2018. I love what I do!
 
I was saved when I was 11 years old but wasn’t baptized until 10/17/1999.
 
I have been married to my husband Eddie for 16 years. I have an adult daughter, Emily Smith Ayala, and she and her husband, Leo,  have given us an awesome grandson, Julian.  
 
My favorite verse is I John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it does not know Him.”

Deb Davis

Administrative Assistant

ddavis@fbsebring.com     |     Phone: 863-385-5154 ext 21

God gave me the gift and has called me to serve others. I’m very social and love to be around people! I’ve worked with the public since I was 16. There’s no better day than when I get to encourage someone!

God blessed me with the sweetest husband in the world, Denny. I have 4 children (2 my blood, 2 not), but I love them all the same. I have the privilege of being Mimi to 2 grands and Grammy to 6, ages 8-24.

I was born again in the spring of 1972. My life verse changes but for the last 2 years it has been Ephesians 4:31-32, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

Paul Paton

Maintenance Specialist

Phone: 863-385-5154

I really enjoy construction and maintenance projects working with my hands. Working in the house of the Lord is a real pleasure, its a safe zone for me.

Karen and I have been married for 7 years and have 7 grandkids between us. In the summer of 1966 I was born again. My favorite verse of all time is the first verse I learned, John 3:16.

Sandy Wisenberg

Housekeeping Specialist

 Phone: 863-385-5154

I clean because it gives me a joy, completeness and an inner peace with the Lord. I get more satisfaction working here than at any other job I’ve had. I have been married to James for 40 years. We have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

I was born again on July 5, 1979. My favorite verse is Luke 18:9-14.

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Email: contact@fbsebring.com

Phone: 863-385-5154

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