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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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Crystal Saunders

Children & Family Ministries

Engage Team

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Kenzie Allen
Missions Mobilizer

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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

Expand Team

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Brian Borden

Associate Pastor of Single/Unmarried Adult Ministries

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Brian Hoffman

Associate Pastor

Austin Libal
Collegiate/Young Adult Associate

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Jordan O'Brien

Worship Ministries Associate