Richard (Ricky) Powell has served as the Lead Pastor of Fort Caroline Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida since 1996. He was our Associate Pastor for two years prior to that. He and his wife Donna have three children, Joshua, Casey, and Caleb. They also have two cats (Fluffy and Oreo), and a turtle (Mojo). Ricky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Luther Rice University and a Master of Divinity in Christian Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves on the Board of the Florida Baptist Convention. He has served on the Committee on Nominations of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Leadership Team of the Jacksonville Baptist Association. He loves freshwater fishing, family time, reading, good movies, and fast cars! You can e-mail him at sr_pastor@fcbcjax.com. Stay connected with Ricky at his blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

Richard (Ricky) Powell has served as the Lead Pastor of Fort Caroline Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida since 1996. He was our Associate Pastor for two years prior to that. He and his wife Donna have three children, Joshua, Casey, and Caleb. They also have two cats (Fluffy and Oreo), and a turtle (Mojo). Ricky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Luther Rice University and a Master of Divinity in Christian Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves on the Board of the Florida Baptist Convention. He has served on the Committee on Nominations of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Leadership Team of the Jacksonville Baptist Association. He loves freshwater fishing, family time, reading, good movies, and fast cars! You can e-mail him at sr_pastor@fcbcjax.com. Stay connected with Ricky at his blogInstagramFacebook and Twitter

John Shultz, Associate Pastor

John Shultz is originally from Byron, IL. He married his high school sweetheart on July 4, 1976. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1978 and served on active duty until 1998 when he began serving in ministry. John has served at Fort Caroline Baptist Church since 2006 in his current position. Before that he served as Senior Pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, Benton, KY (2003-2006), Associate Pastor to Children and Preschool at Fort Caroline Baptist Church (1998-2003), and Associate Pastor at Colonial Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL (1997-1998). He is a graduate of Luther Rice University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary completing requirements for both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry, with a specialty in Church Health. John and Pam have two adult children. You can email him at johns@fcbcjax.com or follow him on Facebook or Twitter

Craig Marsh, Creative Arts Pastor

Craig Marsh is originally from Mobile, AL. He and his wife Laney have been married since 1998. They have three great kids; Gracie, Noah and Maddie. Craig has served at Fort Caroline Baptist Church since 2008. Before that Craig served in churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Mobile and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys fishing and surfing (on the web and the television). He loves football, especially the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). You can email him at craigm@fcbcjax.com. You can follow him on Twitter,  Facebook, and Instagram.

Joe Otwell, Student Pastor

Joe Otwell has lived in the Jacksonville area almost his whole life. A University of North Florida graduate, Joe married his high school sweetheart, Natalie, in 1992, and has 4 amazing kids: Courtney, Austin, Caris, and Nathan. After graduating from THE Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Joe served in 2 pastoral staff positions: Yulee Baptist ('95 - '03) and Fort Caroline ('03 - present). He loves the outdoors (surfing, yard-work, playing with his kids) and watching Florida Gator football and basketball. Natalie and Joe are also foster parents. Email Joe at student@fcbcjax.com. Follow Joe on Twitter or Facebook.

Diane Smith, Preschool Ministry Director

Diane Smith has lived in Jacksonville all of her life.  She and her husband Harry have been married since 1972. They have 2 grown daughters Jennifer and Jeanette and a granddaughter Carolyn. Diane has been a member of Fort Caroline Baptist Church since 1994.  She received her BS degree in Education from Jacksonville University and her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of North Florida. Diane worked as a teacher for 30 years. She became the Preschool Ministry Director at Fort Caroline in 2008. Diane and her husband Harry love to travel and spend time together at the beach. Email Diane at dianes@fcbcjax.com. Follow Diane on Facebook

Christie Hill, Assistant Preschool Ministry Director

Christie Hill is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She and her husband Erik have been married since 1995. They have 3 wonderful sons: Erik Jr, Bryan and Michael.  Christie has been a member at Fort Caroline Baptist Church since 2004 where she served as a Preschool Leader. She became the Assistant Preschool Ministry Director in 2011. Christie studied Early Childhood Development at FSCJ. She enjoys family time at the beach, reading, running, watching her boys play football and cheering on the Crimson Tide. Email Christie at christieh@fcbcjax.com. Follow Christie on Facebook.