Our Staff

OUR STAFF

Pastor Jay Huddleston

Pastor Jay Huddleston

SENIOR PASTOR

Pastor Jay Huddleston serves as Senior Pastor at First Baptist. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, he began in ministry as a church planter in Florida. Working with the North American Mission Board, he and his wife, Shirley were privileged to found the Shindler Drive Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before coming to New Port Richey, he also served as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cary, N.C.
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 missions 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. Jay Huddleston, Senior Pastor – jay@fbcnpr.com

Rev. Rich Andrews

Rev. Rich Andrews

WORSHIP PASTOR

Rev. Rich Andrews has been on staff part time as the Worship Pastor 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.

Rich Andrews, Associate Minister of Media/Music – randrews@WOL.org

Jim Ferguson

Jim Ferguson

ASSOCIATE MUSIC PASTOR

As a 12 year old boy my father encouraged me to make public my decision to accept the Lord Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. At age 33 I surrendered to full time Music Ministry and understood the Lord’s desire for me to complete my Masters preparation at Southwestern. After graduation I was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at First Baptist Tallahassee. At age 50 the Lord called me to a new vocation in Financial Planning. Since then I have achieved the designation of Certified Financial Planner ™ and established my own firm: J Ferguson Financial, Inc.

The Lord continues to place worship ministry on my heart and, with my wife, Kay, I have looked to Florida churches with traditional or blended worship styles to share my gifts in congregational worship, choir leadership & development and orchestral conducting. I believe the worship of our Lord Jesus should demonstrate a first priority of love and devotion to Him, be heart-felt with high energy and require a commitment to excellence.

Dr. David Crandall

Dr. David Crandall

SENIOR ADULTS PASTOR

Dr. David R. Crandall has been in the ministry for 53 years. He has been a Youth Pastor and a Senior Pastor for 30 years.

He was the International Director of Gospel Literature Services which translated and distributed Gospel Literature to 138 countries.

Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis, asked Dr. Crandall to join the AiG team as International Director. He founded the AiG World Wide Ministry. He was responsible for taking AiG apologetic materials around the globe. He has his wife, Diana, helped train 100 internationals to establish AiG Ministries in their homelands.

Dr. Crandall has authored several published articles, 8 Olympic booklets with a distribution of 3 million. He also authored the final chapter for the Answer Book #2 which was published by AiG.

The Crandall’s have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. They have traveled and ministered in 108 countries of the world and preached in every state in the USA.

Pastor Billy Cronin

Pastor Billy Cronin

YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR

Pastor Billy Cronin serves as the Young Adults Pastor at First Baptist. He is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute and Trinity College, where he got his Bachelor’s degree in Advanced Theological Studies. He is currently a student at Western Seminary online, seeking to complete a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages. He has served in various ministerial positions at a few different churches in South Carolina and Florida, including student ministry intern, youth pastor, and young adults small group leader. He has also traveled multiple times on missions to South East Asia.

Billy met his wife Elizabeth in 2017 at Trinity College, and they were married in 2019. He came on staff at First Baptist in 2020. Billy is passionate about teaching the Scriptures accurately in their ancient literary and historical context so that people can come to see the beauty of Jesus revealed in them. His desire is to see young adults become their true selves in Christ and find their satisfaction in him. He loves to study, hike, and have fellowship with friends.

Pastor Josiah Brondyke

Pastor Josiah Brondyke

STUDENT PASTOR

Pastor Josiah Brondyke serves as Minister to Students at FBCNPR. A graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute, Palabra de Vida Argentina, Piedmont International University, & Clarks Summit University, he has served in various ministries including: Child Evangelism Fellowship, Rural Bible Missions, Word of Life, Youth for Christ, El Pastito, Iglesia Bautista Hispana Tabernaculo de la Fe, & Fish Lake Bible Church. He & his wife Rachel were married in 2015 & have a son Samuel. Joining staff in 2018, he is passionate about people, teaching, counseling, & having a good time.

Josiah Brondyke, Minister to students – Josiah@fbcnpr.com

Shan Whitmire

Shan Whitmire

DIRECTOR OF KIDS MINISTRY (Interim)

Mrs. Shan has served as our Kids Ministry Director since 2017. She served as our Kids Ministry Assistant for two years prior, and has been active as a volunteer leader in children’s music programs and Vacation Bible School throughout her years as a member of First Baptist New Port Richey. Shan, her husband Bret, and daughter Hannah have been at FBCNPR since January 2009.

Shan Whitmire, Director of Children’s Ministries – Shan@fbcnpr.com

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill

DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL MINISTRY

Sarah started as the Preschool Ministry Director in 2019. She has been an active volunteer in children’s ministries including Upward Soccer and VBS since becoming a member in 2016.

Sarah and her husband Jim were married in 2005. They have 4 children: Jeremiah, Gabby, Benjamin and Emmaleigh. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new places.

 Sarah Hill, Director of Preschool Ministries – Sarah@fbcnpr.com

David Phillips

David Phillips

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Educated at Pasco Hernando State College with a focus on business & accounting, David Phillips spent the first 25 years of his career as a business banker in the Tampa Bay community. David has served the Lord in various ministries at First Baptist , such as Small Group leader, deacon, & Church Treasurer. David joined the staff of First Baptist in 2018 & is excited to watch God work through the people at FBC. His life verse is I Samuel 12:24.  
He & his wife Anne have two daughters, Haley & Emma. They have been members of First Baptist since 2005. Their family enjoys living in Florida & all the wonderful things come with living that close to the water. 

David Phillips, Business Administrator – dave@fbcnpr.com

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