Pastors And Staff

Dr. John Adams
Executive Associate Pastor Of Administration And Education
 

John joined the staff June 1, 2015 after being a member for the previous three years. He has served as a bivocational pastor, a fulltime pastor, an interim pastor and associate pastor at churches in Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee, West Virginia and Florida prior to joining the Sweetwater team. A native of Southwest Missouri, John graduated from Missouri State in Springfield with a B.S in Business and with both the M.Div. and DMin. degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. His doctoral and masters work majored on ministry to families. His doctoral research and project focused on equipping the congregation to lead worship in home settings and to better experience worship in the corporate setting.

After completing his doctorate, John joined the Iowa Baptist Fellowship as a state missionary and spent the next 8.5 years equipping church leaders and pastors to build growing churches. He then joined the pastoral ministry training section at LifeWay Christian Resources and traveled nationally training pastors and laity in church growth concepts and the best practices for church administration. Following his service at LifeWay, John served 12 years as a state missionary in West Virginia serving the churches and associations there in various capacities of administration, communication, and leadership development.

John’s compelling dream is that the Body of Christ will adopt the person of Jesus Christ as The Pattern for how to relate to the will of God, to each other, and to the world. He believes the admonition in Matthew 6:33 that a key centering point for all church planning and individual discipleship should be to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

John and his wife Cheryl are the parents of three married adult children and the grandparents of four. Their oldest son, his wife and their oldest granddaughter live in Mt Juliet, TN, a suburb of Nashville near their other son and his wife. Their daughter, son-in-law and three other grandchildren (a boy and two girls) live in Longview, Texas.

You may connect with John by email at john.adams@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Ryan Begue
Associate Pastor, Students & Outreach
 
Ryan moved to Sweetwater from the Panhandle of Florida where he served 9+ years as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Esto which he helped start in the Summer of 2003. Prior to that he worked in the building construction materials industry for eight years following college. Ryan and his wife Emily have five children and are lifelong Floridians. Both Ryan and Emily grew up about 30 miles south of Jacksonville in the Green Cove Springs area. Ryan received his B.A. from the University of North Florida in 1994 and his M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. During his spare time he enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting. 
 
You may connect with Ryan by email at ryan.begue@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Jasen Brown
Associate Pastor, Music & Worship
 
Jasen joined the staff in April of 2014. Prior to coming to First Baptist Sweetwater, Jasen served as Associate Minister of Music and Media at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas for ten years and on the Music Staff at First Baptist Dallas. A native of Miami, Florida Jasen obtained a BM in Music Education from The Florida State University and a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
 

Jasen’s wife, Brooke, is from Loop, Texas. They have three children: Masen, Emery and Elenor.  Jasen’s hobbies                                       include reading; watching movies and listening to film scores; playing Escape games and spending time with his                                         family.

You may connect with Jasen by email at jasen.brown@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.

Grayson Burdick

Music Assistant, Social Media Manager, and Graphics Designer.

Grayson has been a member at FBS since 2003 along with his mother: Debbie, father: Wayne, and two siblings, William and Annalynn. Grayson enjoys outdoor activities like fishing and also some video games.  Grayson serves through his orchestra and tech involvement.

One of his favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 15;58; Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

You may connect with Grayson by email at grayson.burdick@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Lori Ebersole
Administrative Assistant, Music
 
Lori works part-time as the Music Administrative Assistant. She has been a member at FBS since 1994 and is married to Chuck. They have three adult children, Ashley, Aaron, and Alicia. Lori enjoys outdoor activities, travel, spending time with her grandchildren, and adventures with friends. Lori serves the Lord at Sweetwater through her choir involvement and leadership to the student choir.
 
Her all-time favorite verses are Ephesians 2:1-10; Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in holy array.” and Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my                                      God while I have my being.”
 
You may connect with Lori by email at lori.ebersole@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Dawn Fox
Administrative Assistant, Discipleship And Students
 
Dawn joined the Sweetwater staff in November of 2011.  She has 2 sons, Jason and Justin.  In her spare time, Dawn enjoys watching movies with her family, playing games, reading,  & going to the beach.  Dawn serves the Lord at Sweetwater by teaching High School girls Sunday School and serving in the student ministry during youth group and special events..
 

Jeremiah 29:11 holds a special place in Dawn’s heart and has always reminded her to trust God in all things. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

You may connect with Dawn by email at dawn.fox@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Ed Hildebran
Director Of Facilities
 
Ed has been a member of First Baptist Sweetwater since 1978 and on staff since 1993. He was ordained as a deacon at FBS in 1981. Ed & Gwen met at Sweetwater and were married at First Baptist Sweetwater in 1988. They are blessed with a daughter, Hope, son-in-law Kyle and 2 grandchildren, Gideon and Owen.
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Ed sees his job as a ministry. He sees himself as a steward of the physical plant and property God has given Sweetwater. He and the entire maintenance staff “work as unto the Lord”.
 
You may connect with Ed by email at ed.hildebran@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Luis Leon
Pastor, Hispanic Congregation
 
Pastor Luis moved to the Sweetwater area during the Summer of 2013 from Puerto Rico where he served as pastor for 8 years at the Baptist Church of Aquilita. Luis and his wife Lydia grew up in the same small town and have been blessed to raise three children (Luis, Lorna and Luermy). Luis received a B.A. in Business Administration from The World University of P.R. Luis has a passion for evangelism and enjoys nature. He loves talking about the gospel and he enjoys building relationship with others. Pastor Luis will meet a stranger with open arms and is easy to make friends with.
 
Luis León se movió de Puerto Rico a Sweetwater Baptist Church of Longwood FL, donde se desempeñó como pastor durante 8 años en la Iglesia Bautista de Aquilita, PR Luis y su esposa Lydia Rodríguez tienen tres hijos Luis, Lorna y Luermy. Tanto Luis y Lydia se criaron en la misma ciudad de Santa Isabel ubicada al sur de P.R. Luis recibió una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas en la Universidad Mundial de PR Él tiene cursos especializados en el asesoramiento – Teo terapéutico tomadas en Reprocity International Board Of therapeutic & rehabilitation. Luis tiene pasión por el evangelio, le gusta disfrutar de la naturaleza. Él ama a hablar acerca del evangelio y disfrutar de la interacción con otros y relaciones con los demás, te invito a pasar tiempo conmigo y compartir el evangelismo. Te espero aquí con los brazos abiertos y poder ser tu nuevo amigo, Dios te bendiga.
 
You may connect with Luis by email at luisleon1020@gmail.com or through the church office.
MaryAnn Locario
Director Of Children’s Ministry
 
MaryAnn joined the First Baptist Sweetwater staff in the fall of 2007, a year after moving to Central Florida from the Memphis, Tennessee area. MaryAnn received Christ as her Savior at a young age and has felt called to Children’s Ministry since her mid-teens. MaryAnn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education from Bethany Bible College, in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. Since graduating, MaryAnn has served as a Christian School teacher in New York and Tennessee, a Nursery School Director in Connecticut, and a Homeschool Mom for over eighteen years, which just happens to be her proudest accomplishment. MaryAnn has also served numerous years as a Sunday School teacher, AWANA Director, Children’s Church Leader, and various other volunteer positions. MaryAnn truly enjoys serving the Lord and His sweet children.
 
MaryAnn and her husband, Rich, are from Connecticut and have been married for over 21 years. They have three boys: Nathan, Noah, and Sam. In her spare time, MaryAnn enjoys reading, scrapbooking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
 
One of MaryAnn’s favorite verses is Proverbs 18:10 which reads, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs into it, and is safe.”
 
You may connect with MaryAnn by email at MaryAnn.Locario@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Jill Rodriguez
Office Manager
 
Jill has been on staff since December 1994. She is married to Gus and has been blessed by God with two boys, Augie and Jeremy, and two grandchildren. Jill loves spending time with family and friends, movie watching, going to the beach and listening to audio books (she would love to hear your recommendations on good books or authors to listen to).
 
One of her favorite scriptures is Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
 
You may connect with Jill by email at jill.rodriguez@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.
Lisa Rowley
Administrative Assistant, Pastor
 
After serving in other local ministries for over 25 years, Lisa joined the staff in November of 2010 as Pastors’ Administrative Assistant. She and her husband Brent have been married for over 25 years and have two adult children, Amber and Brandon. Lisa enjoys reading, scrapbooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
 
Her favorite Scripture, Genesis 50:20, in which Joseph forgives his brothers for their many transgressions against him and God, has brought her encouragement over the years. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
 
You may connect with Lisa by email at lisa.rowley@fbsweetwater.org or through the church office.