Pastor Joe joined the staff of First Baptist Church on May 2016.  He holds degrees from Palm Beach Atlantic University and the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. 
He has over two decades of ministry experience and community organizing, including serving as senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia from 2010-2016 and as chaplain in Atlanta for 13 years.  He currently serves on the board of Global Environmental Relief, the Board of Directors of the Exchange Club of Vero Beach, and the Board of Visitors of the McAfee School of Theology.
Joe is author of two books and currently writes for the Baptist Spirituality blog.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristina, and their children, Hayden and Haleigh, who love Disney, camping, hiking, biking, reading, writing, making art, watching movies, rooting for the Atlanta Braves, and laughing together.

Rev. Lance Fancher, Associate Pastor, Minister of Education

Pastor Lance joined our staff in June of 2004. God has called him to an area of service that will utilize the educational, administrative and leadership skills with which Christ has gifted him.

Lance holds degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

He has served churches in Texas and Georgia. Lance and his wife, Sherrie, have a son, Barron, who is in the US Coast Guard in Jacksonville, FL.  He is part-owner/operator of RJL Barbecue, a catering business and food truck.  It is the best barbecue this side of heaven!
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Dr. Michael Carter joined the staff in September, 1996, and assumed responsibility for the Church’s total music program. This comprehensive program includes choirs for children, youth and adults, as well as a hand-bell choir.
The First Baptist choir sponsors community musical programs including an annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, which was first performed in 1970.
Michael holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to coming to Vero Beach, he served at churches in Mississippi and Missouri.  He also served as Choral Director and teacher of voice, music appreciation and conducting at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Natchez Campus.
He is the musical director and founder of the Treasure Coast Chorale. Michael is married to Patti, who is the Director of Weekday Preschool at First Baptist Church. They have two children, Meghan and Nicholas.

Jill Truax has been serving her God as the Music and Worship Associate at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach since June 2006.  Her active role includes playing piano and organ for worship services, Director of the Children’s musical productions, and assisting in the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah.  Jill has over 28 years of teaching experience and currently instructs at First Baptist in both voice and piano.

Jill, a native of Pennsylvania, earned a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  As part of her undergraduate study, Jill was selected as an intern with the National Symphony’s education department in Washington, D.C.  There, she researched and helped write educational concerts for young audiences.  She later was awarded a full performance scholarship to the Cincinnati Conservatory of the University of Cincinnati, where she completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance.  

Her organ studies began in 2006 under the direction of Dr. José Daniel Flores.  She was an organ scholarship recipient of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organist and currently serves with the AGO as an active member. 

Jill and her husband, Carl, have two children, Avery and Arlen.

Patti was born and reared in St. Louis along with four sisters and one brother. It was there she learned to love music and baseball (Go Cardinals!).
She attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. She has a Child Development Associates Degree and Director’s Credentials from Indian River State College.
Patti has worked with preschool aged children for over 30 years both in the classroom and in an administrative capacity. She became Director of First Baptist Church Preschool in July 1997 shortly after moving to Indian River County.
She and Michael have been married since 1977 and have two amazing children.

Dave Mundy, Celebrations Worship Leader

Dave has been writing, performing and producing music professionally in the Central Florida area since 1991. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Bass Performance from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and currently serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at Indian River Charter High School’s Schumann School for the Visual and Performing Arts.
David has been serving at First Baptist since 2001, when the Early Contemporary service was created in order to better serve the FBC community.  He began leading Worship in 2004, was baptized into the Baptist faith and felt the Lord’s calling to serve at FBC ever since.
He and Terra were married in 2007 at FBC.  Their twin daughters were dedicated to the Lord in 2013 at FBC and have cherished the care that the FBC Preschool provides to Rayna Joy and Lila Grace. David, Terra, Rayna Joy and Lila Grace live in Vero Beach and love calling FBC their church home.
Support Staff
     Millie Portante, Church Secretary
     Ronnie Selph, Facilities Manager
     Pat Smith, Church Administrator