Pastor Jay Huddleston serves as Senior Pastor, here, at First Baptist. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He began in ministry as a church planter in Florida. He and his wife, Shirley, working with the North American Mission Board, were privileged to found the Shindler Drive Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Before coming to New Port Richey he also served as the Senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cary, North Carolina.

As a Biblically based teacher, Pastor Jay loves to draw application from Scripture that helps his listeners face today’s life issues and grow as followers of Jesus Christ. As a pastor he has consistently emphasized three elements in ministry – evangelism, discipleship and missions. He has preached and ministered throughout the South and Midwest as well as traveling on mission to Africa, South East Asia and Puerto Rico.

Pastor Jay and his wife, Shirley, have two sons, Kaleb (and his wife, Kristen) and Joel.

He enjoys the beach, golf and spending time with his wife and family.




Rev. Mickey Burroughs serves as the Minister of Administration & Education.  He has been on staff at First Baptist since the summer of 2001.
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Rev. Rich Andrews has been on staff part time as the music and media Associate since 2009.  His full time position is at Word of Life Florida in Hudson where he serves as the Director of the ministry there.  Rich and Lynn were married in 1994 and have three energetic kids, Gavyn, Javen and Lynneah. In his spare time he enjoys, hunting, basketball and hanging out with his family.  His life verses are Proverbs 3:5,6.  More about Word of Life Florida. Follow on Twitter.  Follow on Facebook.  Follow on Instagram.

 Pastor Josiah Brondyke serves as our Minister to Students here, at First Baptist. He is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute (Florida’s First Year Program), Palabra de Vida Argentina (Bilingual Bible Program), Piedmont International University (B.A. in Christian Ministries), and Clarks Summit University (M.A. in Bible). Josiah has served in various para-church ministries and churches over the years including: Child Evangelism Fellowship, Rural Bible Missions, Word of Life, Youth for Christ, El Pastito, Iglesia Bautista Hispana Tabernaculo de la Fe, and Fish Lake Bible Church.

Josiah just joined our staff in 2018. Pastor Josiah is passionate about people. He loves to teach, counsel, and have a good time. He deeply believes that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, and he loves to open up the Word with others to explore it’s riches with them. He believes the purpose of life is to know God and make Him known. To Josiah ministry that honors God can be summed up well with the two greatest commandments, Love God and Love People.

He and his wife, Rachel, were married in 2015, and are expecting their first baby this year. If you are a student or young adult, or know a student or young adult, Pastor Josiah would love to meet you!