Pastoral Leadership

Patrick Odle

Pastor Odle is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, having served here since 2011. Before coming to Elyria, Pastor Odle served as the Chaplain and Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, his alma mater. Prior to serving at FBBC&TS he was the Senior Pastor for nine years at…

Dan Parker

Pastor Parker coordinates the ministries of Worship and Music at First Baptist Church. He began on staff in July of 2002 after serving over 19 years as a music pastor in Michigan. Previous to that ministry he served at two churches in Indiana in the same capacity. He graduated from Baptist Bible College of Clarks…

Josh Butler

Pastor Josh coordinates the 7th through 12th grade teen ministries at First Baptist Church. He began serving on staff in July of 2012.  He graduated from Bob Jones University in 2004 where he received a bachelor’s degree.  He also graduated from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008 where he received a Masters of Arts degree in Biblical Studies.  He previously served as…

Craig Golden

Pastor Golden along with his wife, Shirley, coordinate the Senior Ministries and Pastoral Care. They began their ministry in September of 2012 after serving twenty-four years as State Representative of the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches. Pastor Golden has a Bachelor of Theology, Master of Ministry and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Baptist Bible College…

Jonathan Casbohm

Pastor Jon served as our Pastoral Intern until March of 2016 when the church extended him a call to become the Associate Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship. Jon is a graduate of Liberty University with a BA in Business and has completed his Graduate Seminary training at Piedmont International University (formerly Piedmont Baptist College). With…