Pastor Gary assumed Interim Pastoral responsibilities in September 2019 during our ongoing transition period as we seek a new Senior Pastor. Gary has a diverse background of experience related to youth. Born in the Maritimes, he grew up in a wonderful pastor’s home. For 18 years Gary was a public high school teacher and guidance counsellor. Gary has pastoral experience, has been a youth evangelist for over 25 years, and, from 1994 to 2012, he was the Executive Director of the Canadian ministry of Word of Life. His entire life has been devoted to working with young people.
Gary's wife Barbara was born in Manitoba and moved to Brantford, Ontario in 1965. It was there she was saved, met Gary and after finishing university, married Gary. For many years she taught as a public elementary teacher. The Stairs have two married adult children, Kathryn and Richard.
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 sixteen, and Jacob, who is thirteen. 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!
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 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.