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Ministry Leaders

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Education Ministry (Sunday School) - Tom Burkett

Tom Burkett has served in ministry at Faith Baptist Church for over 20 years. During that time he has served as a music leader, Sunday School teacher, Deacon chairman, and he currently serves as Sunday School Superintendent. Tom has given his life to helping the church reach, teach, and minister to the people of Palm Bay.

Nursery Ministry - Julie Stoddart 

Julie Stoddart has run our nurery in years past and her experience is invaluable and allows her to understand the importance of a well-organized, safe and welcoming atmosphere for the youngest of attenders. Having a quality place for children allows parents to enjoy the worship and various ministries more effectively.

Super Church Children's Ministry - Scott & Vickie Easterling

Scott Easterling has served as the leader of our Super Church Children’s Ministry since 2007. He and his wife Vicki have a heart to see children grow to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ and develop a relationship with him. Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Scott and Vicki excel in communicating God’s Word to the children on a level they can grasp and see Super Church as an opportunity to teach children what it means to be a worshiper of God.

Scott has lived in the Palm Bay area since 1984 and works as the VP of Product Management at Live TV. Scott and Vicki have been married for nearly 30 years. They have three children and have been attending FBC since 1993. Scott also serves the families of our church as a deacon.

AWANA Children’s Clubs - Ken Jernigan

Ken and his wife Linda have been attending FBC since 2009 and have been leading our AWANA program since 2011. They both have been working in AWANA Clubs for many years even attending as clubbers when they were young.

Ken and Linda have a heart to see young people hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to grow in their faith. “I believe Awana is a wonderful opportunity to share the Good news of Christ with the community of children surrounding us. The Awana program provides opportunities for children to have fun and hear the Gospel on a weekly basis.”

Ken has attended the AWANA Commander College and maintains a working relationship with the regional Awana missionary, leading our church to be a key supporter along the east coast of Florida.
Ken works as a Sr. Software Engineer at Rockwell Collins. He and his wife have three children.

College & Career Ministry - Mike Duquette 

Mike Duquette is a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church and is involved in teaching, leadership, and mentoring young people. Mike is a professional working in the logistics field and is the best in the country at what he does. 

He has a passion for mentoring young people and teaching them serve and follow Christ. He is also involved as a very influential coach/mentor for Palm Bay High and the Palm Bay Rockets football programs. Mike is married to his lovely wife Jennifer and they have five children.

Counseling Ministry - Tom Wells

Tom Wells has a passion for God’s word and spends much of his time teaching and counseling others in its truth. He is a ACBC certified biblical counselor and certified in financial counseling through Crown Financial Ministries. “God’s Word teaches us that all believers are competent to counsel each other (Romans 15:14), and that it is a matter of being filled will the Holy Spirit (God’s Part) and a strong study of His Word (man’s Part) that can offer help and hope to other believers.”

Tom uses his training and wisdom in counseling to lead our Counseling Ministry which handles all the counseling needs of our attenders. He also serves as a deacon, teaches various Bible Studies, and works on the Audio Visual Committee, and is a trusted mentor to many in our congregation.

He has taught several counseling related series in our worship services, Sunday School classes, and Wednesday Night Training Sessions, many of which have been audio and video recorded on our web page, including:

  1. Biblical Counseling Basics
  2. Investing with a Sound Mind
  3. Money and Marriage God's Way
  4. Your Financial Toolshed

Tom has his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and works as the Sr. Engineering Manager for Advanced Technology at Harris Government Communication Systems here in Melbourne, FL. Tom and his wife Susan have been married for over 25 years have been members of FBC since 1999. They have three home-schooled children.

Church Treasurer - Vera Hall

Born in Jamaica, Mrs. Vera Hall has been attending FBC for over 20 years and serves our church primarily as the Church Treasurer, although she does also work as a Budget Committee Member and AWANA Leader.

Vera is a certified CPA and works at Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC. “I believe my training and experience as a CPA enables me to perform my ministry as Treasurer well as it is important that the finances of the church are handles in a God honoring and organized manner allowing the congregation to be provided with timely reporting of the financial status.”

Vera has served as Treasurer here at FBC for over 15 years and is in charge of accounting and financial activities. She has been married to her husband Noel for over 35 years and they have two children and one granddaughter.