Pastors & Staff

Our Pastors

Pastor Robert Snell - Senior Pastor

pastor_snell.jpgPastor Snell assumed Senior Pastoral responsibilities in January 2001, and provides oversight of a congregation committed to spiritually and eternally impacting people's lives. His wife, Joanne, is an occasional teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board. The Snells have four adult daughters. Their oldest, Lindsay, is married to Craig Nixon. Their second, Jennifer, is married to Bryan Sarles. Christie is their third and is married to Brad Swartzentruber. Kaitlyn, the youngest, is working as a physiotherapist in Kitchener.

Pastor Snell has enjoyed 35 years of ministry in Waterloo and Simcoe. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Hon. B.A.) and London Baptist Bible College and Seminary (M. Div.)  He has travelled worldwide in missionary ministry and frequently speaks at Bible Conferences, Youth Retreats and Bible Colleges and Seminaries. Currently, he serves as a member of the Word of Life Canada Board of Directors as well as in an advisory capacity for A.B.W.E. (Across Borders for World Evangelism). He and his wife have enjoyed 35 years of being happily married. Serving the Lord together is their heart’s passion, and has yielded the Lord’s blessing in their lives.

Pastor Richard Stairs - Associate Pastor

pastor_stairs.jpgPastor Richard Stairs joined the pastoral team as Associate Pastor in September of 2008 and is married to his wife, Melanie, of Fredericton, New Brunswick.  Together they have 2 daughters, Victoria and Carly.   

He is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute, and Summit University (formerly known as Baptist Bible College), having completed his Bachelor's Degree in Biblical studies. He oversees and coordinates the musical ministry and works with Jr. and Sr. high teens. 

Nothing is more of a delight to this couple than to see teens specifically, and the local church as a whole, engage in passionate worship of an amazing Saviour.

The church’s command from the youngest to the oldest is to grow in their faith and reach others around them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Andy Carducci - Associate Pastor

Pastor Andy Carducci joined the pastoral team as Associate Pastor in January of 2012. He and his wife Michelle are blessed with two sons: Samuel, who is fourteen, and Jacob, who is eleven. Pastor Andy was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario in a loving home with an Italian Roman Catholic background. He is a graduate of New Brunswick Bible Institute's Three-Year Program, as well as their Fourth-Year Advanced Biblical Ministry Program, where he received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Covington Theological Seminary. His main responsibilities are overseeing the Evangelism/Discipleship ministry, Super Sixties ministry, College & Career Ministry, and Men’s Ministry. Pastor Andy believes that the glorious reason for which we exist is to glorify God to the ends of the earth!  He believes that the purpose of the local church is to glorify God by obeying the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. As a pastor, he feels his role is to equip the Saints with Biblical instruction so they can properly mature in Christ, become equipped to make disciples, and be ready for the Lord’s return!


Our Staff

Jennifer Zehr – Senior Administrative Secretary

Jennifer has worked in the office at First Baptist Church for the past 8 years. She also facilitates the Ladies’ Morning Bible Study at FBC, and helps to teach the JK/SK “Gophers” group on Wednesday nights. Jennifer enjoys trying new recipes, listening to worship music, coffee, ladies’ ministry and studying God’s Word. She is married to Kevin and has two teenage daughters.

Jaramie Van Der Linde – Administrative Assistant

Jaramie Van Der Linde has been working at First Baptist Church since August of 2015. Formerly, she interned at Word Of Life Fellowship in the Media/Tech Department. She is a youth leader in our APEX Youth Ministry and is involved with various other ministries in the church. She is married to Marcel and both are involved in various areas of ministry at First Baptist Church.