First Baptist Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at First Baptist is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Matt Walters

    SENIOR pastor

    Pastor Matt Walters has been in the pastorate for nearly 30 years. He began pastoring on the Ute Mountain Tribe Reservation in the mountains of Colorado, cutting his teeth in the ministry and watching God do many great things. God would later lead him to Greeley, Colorado where he spent over 20 years serving as pastor of the Faith Bible Baptist Church. In January of 2022, Pastor Matt followed God's leading down to Florida to serve at First Baptist. He was officially voted in as Senior Pastor in June. Pastor Matt and his lovely wife Rose have been married for 31 years. They love the Lord, the ministry, hunting, bargain-shopping, and their 4 beautiful grandchildren. 

  • Jason Laigo

    ASSOCIATE Pastor

    Pastor Jason Laigo has been faithfully laboring in the Lord's work for over 15 years, serving in a myriad of diverse ministries. He followed God's leading to First Baptist in January of 2022, where he began to serve as the middle school youth pastor. Pastor Jason has since become the Associate Pastor, working closely with the Senior Pastor and taking on more of the church's executive and administrative responsibilities. Pastor Jason and his beautiful wife Queri are native Washingtonians, high-school sweethearts, and are blessed with 5 children. They have devoted their life to the Gospel ministry and love working with the young and the old alike. 

  • Ed Buchanan

    assistant pastor: College & Career Singles and Comfort Ministries

    Pastor Ed Buchanan and his wife Roberta have been faithful members of First Baptist Church since 2005. Ed is an Air Force veteran who, upon his retirement from the service, served as the Wade Christian Academy School Administrator for seven years. He still ministers in the academy as the Elementary Chapel Pastor. He serves primarily in our College & Career Singles Ministry where he faithfully teaches and disciples young adults every single week. Pastor Ed also heads up our Comfort Ministries; visiting our sick and hospital bound saints and also overseeing our church prayer chains along with their respective online communities. The Buchanans have been married for nearly 40 years.

  • marc rhodes, jr.

    creative director: music and media ministries

    Marc has been in the ministry for over 20 years and has served in many capacities. His wife Kristina is a German national who has been in the US now for over two years. He serves as the worship leader, technical director and oversees the visual aspects of our services. He loves God, music, soccer, his wife and three kids: Trevor, Keira and Henry.