Meet our Pastors

“Pastor Tim”, as we like to call him, has been our church’s Valentine since he became our Senior Pastor on Valentine’s day 2009.

Just prior to coming to Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church he had worked as a Ministry Catalyst with numerous ministries and churches around the country. This exposure and experience has given him great insight into leading our church in this new century. Prior to that he served as Executive Director at

Student Leadership University and on several church staffs as well. He has led ministry in churches whose size varied from 12 to 12,000. He says the greatest compliment he ever receives is when people say “you are not like any Pastor I have ever known!”

The church has come to love his straight forward and challenging messages. He has brought the simple but life changing message of the two reasons we are alive: “To love God and to share Gods love with others”. He also brings a great sense of humor. He likes to say: “if we can’t giggle every few minutes then someone is doing something wrong!”

His wife Carol works as an Elementary School Principal and they have 5 children two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. They all attend our church.
Pastor Tim loves the challenge of leading a historic church in a historic setting to be both a place that honors the past and stays on the cutting edge of contemporary church ministry.

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“Pastor Keith” Currently our Executive Pastor and our Youth Pastor, Keith has served our church since 1982 when he joined the team as Youth Pastor. He added the role of Executive Pastor in 2011 in order to facilitate the rapidly growing ministry of First Baptist, which is now expanding to a second campus. He is married to Susan who grew up in First Baptist. They have two daughters and a son, a son-in-law and has two wonderful grandchildren. Keith works to develop leadership and give support in all areas of ministry
within our church. Having served in student ministry over 38 years he also serves as consultant to Foundation Academy with Student Leadership Institute, and is a member a number of leadership development ministries. Keith led the way at our church in “mission involvement” for students and adults over the years and coordinates the Mission Ministry of the church through our Global Outreach Team.

Keith and Susan met in college, graduated from University of Central Florida, married and moved to Texas for Keith to pursue his master’s degree at Southwestern Theological Seminary, where Susan worked as a social worker. Upon his graduation they returned to Winter Garden, where they’ve lived on her family’s farm place. Susan has been called alongside Keith in ministering and made her primary role raising their children. As Keith has said over the years (for you “stay at home moms”), Susan has been, “Socializing homo-sapiens into the dominant values of the Judaeo Christian tradition in order that they might be instruments for the transformation of the social order into the kind of eschatological utopia that God willed from the beginning of creation.”

Keith and Susan consider themselves blessed to be part of Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church and community for these many years.

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“Pastor Will” our Family Pastor, grew up in Winter Garden, attended First Baptist as a teen, serving as an intern in student ministry then graduated from the Florida State University in graphic design, and followed with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He and his wife, Kerry met at Southwestern. They grew up thirty minutes from each other in Central Florida, but met over a thousand miles away in Fort Worth, Texas.

They have three children.

Pastor Will gives oversight to our children and family ministry, uses his graphic artist degree in many areas of church publications, and promotion. He ministers to the whole church family and to families in the community through our recreation ministry which varies from Upward children’s sports programs to men’s basketball and coed volleyball. One of his passions is surfing so he gives leadership and input to the surf expo held in Orlando and Christian Surfers.

Pastor Will is the one who coined our phrase, “Who you looking out for?” as we seek to make a difference in Winter Garden, as Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church.

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Meet our Ministry Leaders

Tom Dale Tom is a talented, award winning music producer, composer, and educator with over 40 years’ experience in the music industry. He is all about music …has been for all of his life. He toured Europe as a 16-year-old featured soloist with an all-star fine arts ensemble consisting of college performers. For 24 years he led as a conductor for some of the highest rated bands in Michigan schools. He has a recording contract with Capital Records, his own recording facility “The Sound Factory,” and his own record label “SoundPay Records.” He has been active as a worship leader since 2001.

Tom has a degree in music composition, conducting, and education from Michigan State University. Kenneth G. Bloomquist, Department of Music Chair Person (Retired), at Michigan State University, had this to say regarding Tom: “Tom Dale has distinguished himself as one of the very finest musicians to ever graduate from Michigan State University. His skill as a composer, conductor, and performer places him on a level with only the very finest musicians in the world.” His passion to worship the Lord drives him.

Tom is married to Jennell, a highly regarded audio engineer and media technologist.

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“Dr. Wenzel” is our Head of School for Foundation Academy. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Foundations of Education and a Masters in American Studies. He also has a Bachelor of Science, in Psychology, from Florida State University. Dr. Wenzel has served as an elected member of the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) as the Executive (National) Board of Directors for three terms since 1999. He has also served on the ACSI National Accreditation Commission

from 2008-2010. He has worked in the education field since 1993 when he began as headmaster of Naples Christian Academy and has since served other schools in the Southeast in that capacity. Lorne has been married to his wife Evelyn for 34 years and they have three grown daughters. Dr. Wenzel can be found reading, canoeing or kayaking in his free time. Dr. Wenzel shared the following, “I am passionate about equipping our students with the best academic education, and about inspiring their hearts to pursue their calling in Christ and equipping them for the adventure.”

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“Deb Terry” is the newest addition to our ministry team. Deb is providing leadership in developing and growing our “Connect Ministry” for all ages, and will be an integral part of establishing the children’s and preschool ministry areas of “Foundation Worship” our second campus location.
Deb, was born and raised in a small town in north Alabama and has been serving the Lord in full time ministry for over twenty-five years.

She began as a singer/songwriter and traveled the southeast leading children’s camps, family concerts and hosting a local TV show called “Makin’ a Difference”. Many years later she began serving on church staffs in Alabama and Florida as a Children’s Minister. Just four years ago Deb and her husband Scott helped launch a church plant in Alabama that began with 10 and now has over 400 in weekly attendance meeting in a movie theatre. Deb led the Connect Ministry and the Preschool and Children’s Ministries for this unique ministry startup. Her experience and excitement will serve our church family well as we look at all things anew for our “Foundation Worship” location.
Deb and Scott have been married for over 35 years and have two grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, four handsome grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter. They are thrilled to be back in Central Florida serving the Lord once again with their dear friends, Pastor Tim and Carol. They are looking forward to the new friends they will meet while serving Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church.
Deb’s heart is to press on to all that Christ saved her for…His glory! Phil. 2:12-14

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Meet our Worship Leaders

“Jimmy Freeman” Music has always been a part of Jimmy’s life whether singing with the family or with praise teams. He traveled and sang for many years with a group directed by Dave Andreone. For the last few years Jimmy has led the worship time for the traditional worship service here at First Baptist. Jimmy has a heart toward the Lord that engages the congregation as he leads worship.

Jimmy is married to JoAnn who also sings with the praise team. They have two married daughters.

“Derric Johnson” a name recognized in the music world nationwide. As a musician he has written 150 original songs, 23 cantatas, and 2800 musical arrangements, published 32 books of choral collections and has been involved in producing 84 recorded albums on twelve labels. He is the creator of The Re’generation ensemble and just recently created a group for the Miami Dolphins. He is also recognized as a speaker, educator and author.
He has served as a consultant for churches and groups and for seventeen years for Walt Disney World where he has arranged and produced Epcot Center’s “The Voices of Liberty”. We are thankful to have Derric as a consultant for our traditional worship service.

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