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    Ministry Staff

    • Dr. Mark Howell - Senior Pastor
    • Les Wilkinson - Executive Pastor
    • Lowell Lucas - Education/Evangelism Pastor
    • Jay Gibson - Connections Pastor
    • Cliff Smith - Second Half Ministries Pastor
    • Jason Leschitz - Student Pastor
    • Priscilla Brundage - Preschool Director


    • Susanne Paisley - Finance Administrator

    Technical Services Ministry (TSM)

    • Jerry Wales - Media Director
    Dr. Mark Howell - Senior Pastor

    Dr. Mark Howell

    Senior Pastor

    Dr. Mark A. Howell has served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist since September 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. While at Carson-Newman he was privileged to play linebacker on the 1986 National Championship football team. He also holds both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

    Dr. Howell has been in the ministry for more than twenty years and has served churches in Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky and Arkansas. Additionally, he served on the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky as Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministries. He also has served as an Adjunct Professor for Southwestern Baptist Seminary. He has a passion for taking the gospel to the nations and has been privileged to preach the gospel around the world. Dr. Howell has also led mission teams to Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, India, Nepal, Argentina, Russia, Ukraine, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore. He has served on the Executive Committees of both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He is married to Carmen, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biblical counseling from the Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.

    The Howells have two daughters and a Labrador Retriever. Dr. Howell is an avid hunter and runner and enjoys being outdoors.
    Les Wilkinson - Executive Pastor

    Les Wilkinson

    Executive Pastor

    Les Wilkinson and his wife Denise have been members of First Baptist since January 1998. He joined our staff in June 2013 as Executive Pastor and Missions Pastor. Prior to following God’s call into full time ministry, Les enjoyed an extensive career in corporate management and investment portfolio management. Les studied business at Western Kentucky University and the Indiana University Executive Education Program.
    Les has a passion for demonstrating the love of Christ to the people of Cambodia and has led mission teams to Cambodia each year since 2003. These teams build rainwater harvesting tanks in remote villages meeting an immediate need for clean water and opening the door for future sharing of the Gospel.
    Les is an active Tri-Athlete, fisherman, and loves working with his hands. Denise is a talented pianist and serves First Baptist in that capacity. Les and Denise have two children and three grandchildren.
    Lowell Lucas - Education/Evangelism Pastor

    Lowell Lucas

    Education/Evangelism Pastor

    Lowell celebrated 16 years on staff at First Baptist this year. He currently serves as our Education, Evangelism, College and Single Adult Pastor. Having grown up in Daytona Beach, Lowell has a love for the people of this great city, but also First Baptist.
    Lowell graduated in 1992 from Louisiana College with a premed degree. Lowell began to sense God’s leading toward ministry during his successful college basketball career that afforded him many opportunities to share the gospel of Christ. He went on to obtain a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary while serving as the Youth Pastor of Centreville Baptist Church in Mississippi.
    The joys of his life are teaching the Word, mobilizing people to share the Good news and equipping people to use their gifts and talents to serve the Lord.
    Jay Gibson - Connections Pastor

    Jay Gibson

    Connections Pastor

    Jay Gibson leads the connections ministry to at First Baptist. Pastor Jay leads a team that is committed to helping people connect to First Baptist, leading believers to find a place of service, and connecting First Baptist with numerous ministry patrnerships in our community.

    Jay is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina. He is married to Brandy Gibson and they have two daughters in middle school – Kaitlyn Marie and Daryn Grace. Jay has served as a pastor for 13 years. He and his family have served churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida. They have been at First Baptist since January 2008.
    Cliff Smith - Second Half Ministries Pastor

    Cliff Smith

    Second Half Ministries Pastor

    Cliff Smith began leading Senior Adult and Pastoral Care Ministries in March 2008.

    Cliff has served in pastoral ministry in Florida and Alabama for over 35 years. His ministry background includes: music, student ministry, adult and singles ministry, and as senior pastor. He has worked with mission churches in Florida and Pennsylvania, as well as intentional intern work.

    Cliff is a member of the Mega Missions Metro and serves on the Steering Planning Committee of the Missions Forum. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Theology from what is now know as Baptist College of Florida.

    A rare breed of Floridian, Cliff is a native. He and his wife, Kathy were married on Sept 15, 1967 and have three grown sons Aaron, Matthew and Jacob. God has blessed them with four grandsons (the oldest is now studying to become a student pastor) and one beautiful granddaughter.
    Jason Leschitz - Student Pastor

    Jason Leschitz

    Student Pastor

    Jason Leschitz leads the middle and high school ministries here at First Baptist Daytona. Jason is driven by a passion to serve and lead students to know and follow Christ. His educational background includes studies at the Baptist College of Florida and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2004 Jason traveled the 50 states and Canada with past SBC president, Dr. Bobby Welch, as the Strategic Coordinator for the "Everyone Can" Kingdom Challenge where the goal was leading churches in evangelism and discipleship efforts.

    Jason is super blessed with a crazy amazing wife, Karla and 3 wonderfully wild children, Alexa, Sofia, and Sebastian and several great surfboards . Being a native to Daytona, Jason enjoys surfing, biking and all things Disney.

    Follow him on Facebook: Jason Leschitz, Instagram:@jasonamon, Twitter:@jasonleschitz.
    Priscilla Brundage - Preschool Director

    Priscilla Brundage

    Preschool Director

    Priscilla Brundage is our Preschool Ministry Director. She is a graduate of Toccoa Falls College where she earned a B.S. in Christian Education. Priscilla has served here on staff for 12 years, first as Children’s Choir Coordinator, Senior Adult Choir Director, Kindermusik Instructor and Preschool Ministry Assistant She has been our Preschool Ministry Director since June of 2009. She and her husband, Jaman (FBCDB Facilities Director), have three children Susan, Lacy & Jay.
    Susanne Paisley - Finance Administrator

    Susanne Paisley

    Finance Administrator

    Susanne grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although her family attended the church next door, it wasn’t until Susanne was much older that she really understood what it meant to have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of her entire life. She rededicated her life to the Lord in 1985 just before the birth of her wonderful son, Christopher.
    Susanne attended Carteret Community College in Moorehead City, North Carolina. She didn't begin work in finance until her move to Daytona. She began a career in banking, working her way up from Customer Service to Branch Manager in four short years. In 1993, she literally received “a call” to ministry work receiving a phone call to prayerfully consider coming to work at First Baptist Daytona Beach. Beginning as a part-time Finance Assistant, she is now the Finance Administrator, responsible for all of the financial operations of the Church. Susanne will celebrate 20 years with FBC in February, 2013.
    Jerry Wales - Media Director

    Jerry Wales

    Media Director

    Born and raised in Daytona, Jerry retired from the Volusia County School Board after 35 years in technical management. Jerry knew he needed to find a place that to use his skills to serve the Lord. Doors were opened and he found himself at First Baptist Daytona.
    Jerry's responsibilities include supervision of Technical Services Ministries or T.S.M. Collectively T.S.M. takes care of sound, lights, live radio and video recording of all events here at First Baptist Daytona.
    Jerry has been married to his wife Grace for over 32 years. They enjoy their three daughters and three grandchildren.