My story is the fortunate one. The Lord has always been faithful to me and my family.
I was born and raised in a Christian home in Paraguay South America as a pastor’s child and grew up knowing the truth. Yet unfortunately like many teenagers strayed from the Lord for a short while, but God in his faithfulness used my grandfather (Lorenzo) to remind me I am no one without the Lord. After coming back to the Lord he trained and use me in ministry from a very young age and continues to use my family. I did not grow up in a perfect home, we did not have a lot, but I did grow up in a home who knew the one who is perfect. It is my desire to help people know our Lord and his perfect love. Then help them express their love to our Lord in worship.
Daniel Candia/Music Ministry
I began believing in God because of my grandmother. She took us all to church every chance she got. She challenged us to learn scripture. I finally gave my life over to Jesus when I was 13. I was at a retreat with my best friend and just felt God calling me.
I strayed away from Him as many of us do as I was growing up. I believed in Him, but only went to Him in a crisis. When I met my husband in 2014, my life was on a dark path. With his guidance and with God beside us, we were able to renew our faith with believer’s Baptism. I have never felt freer in my life!
When we moved to Florida, I felt Him calling me to teach youth and children. I began assisting other director’s and learning from them. I am now working on my associate’s degree in Religion.
I look forward to teaching our children each week and learning from them. I also look forward to working with all the teachers we have in place to guide and teach the children.
Children’s Ministry Director
Pastor Neal was born and raised in Southwest Ohio to Christian parents that made sure he was involved in their local church. By God’s grace Neal came to a saving knowledge of Jesus when he was 7 years old. During his teenage years Neal felt God’s call on his life into Christian ministry. That calling would become clearer when he was attending Wright State University in Dayton, Oh. While there he was approached to help a church plant establish a youth ministry. During his time working with this newly established church he met Keesha and would begin dating in 1995. On July 12 of 1996 they were married and have since become the parents to their sons Gavin and Chase.
Neal has received his bachelor’s degree in religion from Liberty University and has served in student and young adult ministries since 1992. His hope is to use the spiritual giftings and experience that God has given him to help grow both of these ministries here at FBCPG. His life verse is Philippians 3:10 which states:
“ that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”
This verse describes what Neal desires to see in the lives of those in ministries he oversees, that they would:
*Know Jesus Intimately
*Live Life Victoriously
*Serve Others Sacrificially
He and his family are delighted to be a part of what God is doing at First Baptist, and are looking forward to all that He has planned.
Pastor Neal McKinney/Youth and Young Adult Pastor