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David Tarkington


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David surrendered his life to Jesus Christ in his fourth grade Sunday School class at Trinity Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. David's father was career Air Force, so he has lived in numerous states. He was born in west Tennessee, but has called Orange Park home since 1994. He attended Texas Wesleyan University for two years where he played on the basketball team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Educational Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David has served on pastoral staff at First since 1994 and as Lead Pastor since 2005. He is married to Tracy and they have two adult children. Be sure to check out his blog at davidtarkington.com.

Executive Team

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Shelvin Lamb

Worship Pastor

Equip Team

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John Green

Student Pastor

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Donna Hutcheson

Preschool Family Director

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Dave Paxton

Generations Pastor

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Crystal Saunders

Children & Family Ministries

Engage Team

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Kenzie Allen

Missions Director

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Patrick Hayle

Mercy Ministries Pastor


John Robinson

Missionary to Europe

(Based in Wales)

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Jacob Saunders

Disaster Relief Minister

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Tracy Tarkington

School Partnerships

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Brian Borden

Associate Pastor of Single/Unmarried Adult Ministries

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Brian Hoffman

Associate Pastor

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Andres Lavanderos

Staff Evangelist

Austin Libal

Student Ministry Associate

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Jordan O'Brien

Worship Ministries Associate

Stan Rivers

Associate Pastor

Ministry Support Team

Shari Barbaro


Bert Gates

Financial Secretary

Erin Knight


Leon Lopez


Gail Osborn


Von Swiger


Joyce Veal