Pastor James Ross began serving as our Pastor in December, 2017. James grew up in Starke, Florida in a non-Christian family and gave his life to Christ during a youth outreach event at the age of 14.
He struggled a lot in his walk with Christ in high school and wrestled with the calling to serve as a Pastor. After moving to Jacksonville, Florida and achieving some success in the corporate world, he finally surrendered to the call that he knew God had placed on his life. He moved to Graceville, Florida where he earned a B.A. in Christian Studies from The Baptist College of Florida and began serving in youth ministry.
In 2007, he planted Mosaic Church in Crestview, Florida. He served as lead pastor for ten years before coming to First Baptist Church on Bayshore. James also has a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
James has been married to his wife, Christie, since January, 2006. They have five children - Cameron, Nathan, Lillian, Judah and Steven - and they are in their sixth year as a foster family.