Joanna and I are overwhelmed by God’s incredible love, grace and sovereignty in life! We are both so thankful to have the privilege to serve at this amazing church! God has been working in powerful ways in this youth ministry for many years. We feel so blessed to have this leadership team alongside us to love, encourage, support and disciple these students.
Our biggest blessing in life is our three children, Ansley, Ashlyn and John Luke. Needless to say…there is never a dull moment in our home!
Joanna Graduated from Florida State University and works as a Speech Pathologist. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. Although, time away from the kids is few and far between in this season of life!
Outside of church and spending time with my family, I enjoy the outdoors being in Gods beautiful country. Whether its golf, hunting or fishing…this is where I relax. I graduated from UCF and I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Christian Education. Prior to God calling me to FBC Melbourne I was a teacher at Melbourne High School for 9 years. My passion is working with teenage students from all walks of life. I realize magnitude of this position that God has placed me in and I will lean on him for wisdom and direction every step of the way (Proverbs 3:5-6).
First and foremost, I am a child of the King! I am a wife to my amazing husband, Dan, and the mother of three precious little girls. I feel so blessed to be serving in the youth alongside my husband and look forward to what the Lord is doing and will continue to do in the lives of these students. I love the scripture 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In my free time, I love to cook, read, and craft.
God has blessed me with my amazing wife Kate Carter and 3 little girls Payton (5 years old), Adison (3 years old) and Avery (2 years old). I am a FBC Melbourne Youth Group Alum. It is my desire to serve as a vessel for Jesus Christ in working with the youth at FBC Melbourne. I am so thankful to God for the people that taught me and loved me as a youth.
In my professional life, I have served as an educator for the past 10 years at Palm Bay High School and Audubon Elementary. At Palm Bay High I worked with 9th-12th grade students as a teacher, coach and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Coach.
Of special note- I have Jason Schack's autograph.
Did you know from the Pastor:
Dan Carter – Played in the NFL for Miami Dolphins until he decided to change careers and focus on his lifelong passion of quilting. He still quilts today so feel free to contact him and place an order.
Kate Carter – Won the Nathans Hot dog eating competition in 1998 eating 71 hotdogs
I was raised here in Melbourne and Jesus saved me at the age of 13. In high school I felt the Lord calling me to serve Him in full-time ministry. I married my wonderful husband Scott in 2005 and moved to North Carolina and received my bachelors degree in Biblical studies there at The College at Southeastern. We answered the call to come home and serve the Lord here in Melbourne in 2009. I have three amazing and fun boys, Silas (6), Micah (4) and Titus (1).
I have been married to my sweetie, Lynn, for 33 years. Our little boy, Matt, is a junior at UF. I enjoy photography, playing and watching soccer and in my spare time I am an electrical engineer at Intersil. I have a heart for students and it is my privilege to help serve and equip them. I am so blessed to be a part of our Reclaimed Student Ministry at First Baptist of Melbourne.
My name is Jill Johnson. I've lived in Florida my entire life, have been a member at FBC Melbourne for about 5 1/2 years. I've been teaching Physical Education at a local middle school for 10 years and was encouraged to start FCA at my school this year by our very own Jason Schack and Dan Carter and that experience has given me a completely new outlook on how to minister to my students!! I am very excited to be working with the Reclaimed youth group and can't wait to see what lies ahead!!
I was born and raised right here in Melbourne, Florida, and am proud (you read that right) to be a third generation Melbourne native! I graduated from Melbourne High School (go Bulldogs!), and FBC Melbourne has been my church home since I was 11-years-old. I am really looking forward to giving back and serving in a ministry that did so much to shape my life and my walk with the Lord!
I have been happily married to my incredible husband, Chris, since 2002, and we have two amazing and beautiful daughters that bring us a lot of joy, and keep us on our toes! I help with Awana during the school year as director of the 5th and 6th grade class, and every summer I look forward to volunteering at our VBS. Some of my favorite things to do are date my husband, spend time with my family, and I also enjoy writing, reading, acting, and singing, but my favorite pastime of all might just be sleeping! ("Work hard, nap hard!") I'm definitely looking forward to serving and getting to know the students of the Reclaimed Youth group!
We have been members of First Baptist since 1993. We have worked in the youth department since 1999. We have taught every grade but 7th. We love working with the youth. We have two boys Gregory who is currently in 8th grade and Kevin who is currently in 6th grade. It is our joy to see what God is doing in the youth department. We enjoy having our Sunday School class over, especially for a pool party. In our spare time we enjoy traveling and being in the pool. Len is an attorney and Mary works with him in the office.
Did you know from the Pastor:
Lenn Barrow – In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his pet Rhino at home. Estimated monthly cost of Rhino is $200 for food and must bathe him with a pressure washer.
Mary Barrow – Inspired the writing of the movie “Mary Poppins”
We are excited to be part of FBC and part of the youth ministry!
Eddie & I are both from NC, grew up in Christian homes, and committed our lives to the Lord in our early teen years. We met in college in Raleigh, NC, got married two years later and moved to Florida. While working full time, we went through our Masters programs together @ UCF and FIT, and currently both work as Program Managers at Harris.
God has strengthened our relationship with each other and our relationship with Him through various trials placed in our path. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." ~James 1:2-4
One of our greatest blessings are our 2 girls, Ali (6) and Avery (4) [as of July 2015]! They are our little disciples in training and we love the example that the youth are setting for them!
In our time together we love embarking on new adventures, swimming, boating and just spending time outdoors, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and making special memories together.
Our prayer for us, our children, and the youth is Romans 12:2 - "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
We are filled with so much joy by seeing God at work in and through this youth group. We are excited to see what God has in store for this faith family!
Anthony and Carrie Friday currently teach the 10th grade Youth and are relatively new to the Youth but have been at First Baptist for about six years.
Anthony grew up in Selma, Alabama in a Christian home and accepted Christ at the age of ten years old. He grew in his faith in a wonderful youth group and then as a leader of the Baptist Campus Ministries at Auburn University. Anthony currently serves on the Worship Team and in the choir. His favorite Bible verse is John 3:30.
Carrie grew up in Anniston, Alabama in a Christian home and accepted Christ at the age of six years old and grew in her faith through her youth group, school Christian club, and then at the Baptist Campus Ministries at Auburn University. Carrie is involved in ME Time and recently served on the Vision team that traveled to Boston. Carrie's favorite scripture is Philippians 4:4-7.
Anthony and Carrie met at Auburn and have been married since 2005. They have two daughters, Ansleigh and Addisyn. In their free time, they enjoy spending lots of time at Disney World. Anthony loves video games, computers, gadgets, sports, and all things nerdy. Carrie likes to be at home on the couch curled up with a blanket and a good book.
The "grand parents" of the youth department cheerfully serve the Lord and Savior, loving on our youth. Believing that they are all the future of our world, we have been serving in the youth department, and have been there since the beginning of time. (Jeri graduated from Melbourne High School). James, serving a a deacon, and both serving on many committees, we pray that the Lord would continue to blessour church family. Phil. 4:13
Mike and Sandie Almond currently teach 11th grade and have been part of the youth for almost 10 years.
Mike grew up in Michigan in a Christian home and loves to serve in any way he’s called which usually involves food, carpentry, softball or driving a bus. His favorite scripture is Psalm 23.
Sandie grew up in the youth group at First Baptist Church and is the daughter of Lee and Joanna Martinez. She is passionate about teaching teenagers that God is loving and true and that life has true meaning when we trust in him and his promises. Her favorite scripture is Phil 4:4-9.
They’ve been married for 12 years and have a son, Noah. Free time is spent, wait…what free time?
Did you know from the Pastor:
Mike Almond – Coached the 1993 Women’s Olympic Softball team – was “asked to resign” in 1994 for taking too much batting practice as a coach.
Sandi Almond – Started her career as a meteorologist … however, she doesn’t like to be wrong so she decided to pursue another career.
Tom and Becky Uhlar have been attending FBCM for over 19 years. Tom is a native of Florida and Becky is almost one as well, have moved he when she was 2 years old.
They have an 18 year old daughter that was blessed to be part of FBCM, and the youth group, for her entire life!
We consider it a privilege and honor to serve God and the church in any way we can, and are blessed to be part of the teaching team in the 10th grade.
It is our prayer that we can bring God’s wisdom and be a blessing to our youth, and be light in the world for these precious students. We love the students and want to pour into their lives and see them become Godly young men and women.
Tom works in the technology field and loves the ocean and the outdoors. Becky works in Human Resources and has a warm and compassionate heart and the gift of hospitality. Most of all, it is all about Jesus our savior, and we want to glorify, honor and put Him first in all we do!
Jeff and Lisa have been teaching in the 12th grade class for 7 years. They have three children...Blake has already graduated and Nina and Alex are currently in the youth group.
Jeff is from West Palm Beach and graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Lisa is from Jacksonville and she met Jeff at PBA and graduated with a psychology-counseling degree.
Jeff loves to fish and hunt and Lisa loves a good movie and the beach.
Jeff's goal as a teacher is to prepare the students to own their faith when they leave our youth group nest. Lisa's goal is to love the students and help them draw close to Jesus. They feel honored and blessed to be serving in this capacity.
Tony while being our Technology Administrator also speaks to our youth from time to time during Wednesday night Fuel. Besides his love of technology, Tony loves teaching and sharing God's word. His favorite verse is Luke 6:36 "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Tony has a daughter, Erica. When not working with the youth Tony is working his way through seminary to better serve the Lord in his current ministry and in the future.
Did you know from the Pastor
Tony Martinez – Won the 2012 Olympic Gold medal for the high jump – 22’4”.
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