Jon Mark Vermilion is the “Pastoral Elder” here at FBC. He writes about himself:
An old popular southern rock band once said “American by birth and southern by the grace of God.” I was blessed to be born in America and in Virginia, but I am most thankful to be born anew in Jesus Christ (John 3:3) and to serve alongside brothers and sisters in the great state of Maine.
I was raised in Lynchburg, Virginia with my brother and two great parents who are now walking the golden roads above with the Author of all life. My father was my spiritual mentor and it was on his death bed that he said: “Jon, whatever you do with your life, do it for Jesus Christ.” My journey with Jesus began at around age 11 and my father’s death was the turning point in my life, and when I heard Jesus call me to full time ministry.
My interests after high school were in art, drama and ballet. I made my way to the North Carolina School of the Arts and finished my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The Art Academy of Cincinnati. After college I married my wonderful wife Robin, who is my best friend. We both joined the staff of Campus Crusade for a brief time and served at Duke University while I completed my Master of Divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. From there we have served churches in southern Germany; an interim pastorate in Virginia; Lewiston, Maine; Nice, France and now back to the great folks of Maine. In 2003 I received my Doctorate in Ministry from Gordon Conwell while studying the affects of Postmodernism and culture on the Christian Church.
I get the greatest joy walking with God, spending time with my wife and children (Mason, Addison and Lily) and our church family. I also enjoy gourmet cooking, acrylic painting, the ocean, European cars, traveling, gardening, making a good cup of espresso/cappuccino, etc.
Two important verses to me are Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, 'I have no pleasure in them.'” And Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ.”
Phil Nicewonger is the "Pastor of Youth" here at FBC. He writes about himself:
I was born January 19, 1971 in Albany, New York. I grew up in upstate New York and was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. After high school, I attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and received a degree in Biology/Environmental Science. I moved back to New York after college, got a job in my field, and volunteered as a youth leader in the church I grew up attending. Long story short, God very methodically and purposefully moved me from doing environmental consulting work to full time youth ministry. It has been an interesting journey, but one that I would not change at all.
God has blessed me with my wonderful wife Faith and three children; Dorie, Matthew, and Elijah. We are blessed to have been called to minister and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at First Baptist Church as the Minister of Youth & Christian Education. I have future plans to pursue a Master of Divinity while continuing to serve at FBC.
An important verse for me is 1 Peter 3:13-17: “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil."
I am excited and look forward with great anticipation to be part of where God leads and directs the youth and children’s ministries.
As Pastor Phil transitions to his new ministry with Twin Villages Church, we're actively seeking God's choice for the position of Pastor of Youth.
WE EXIST TO WORSHIP OUR LORD, LEARN MORE ABOUT HIM,
LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND REACH OUR COMMUNITY.
Pastor of Youth – Job Description
- Personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Ministry experience
- Strong desire to serve in vocational youth ministry
- Formal training in Youth Ministries and/or Biblical studies and/or equivalent preparation
- Agreement with the Doctrinal Statement of First Baptist Church
- A lifestyle that honors God
- Meet the qualifications for a Deacon (1Tim. 3)
- Junior & Senior High Youth: We presently have about 50 active Jr. and Sr. High teens. They meet weekly for youth group on Wed. nights, and for Sunday School on Sun. mornings. There is an active volunteer staff of about 8 to assist in shepherding the teens through leading small groups. Responsibilities:
- Administration of the current ministry.
- Lead the weekly youth ministry meeting.
- Plan and direct a monthly activity.
- Oversee Oasis, our after school outreach ministries to Jr. and Sr. high students.
- Build personal relationships with the teens - i.e. breakfast meeting, attending sporting and other school events, home visits, etc.
- Correlate the Sunday School program with the Wed. night youth group program.
- Recruit, train, and support Sunday School teachers for Jr. and Sr. High classes.
- Plan for retreats, camps, and other trips.
- Keep parents informed as to youth activities and involvement for their teens, and offer counseling, support, and other programming.
- Children's Christian Education:
Summit Seekers - Supervise and assist the children’s Sunday School (Summit Seekers) superintendent.
AWANA - They meet on Wed. nights with 75-100 children involved from 3 years old to 6th grade. There are 8-10 adult leaders working with the ministry, and they have their own budget. Responsibilities:
- Supervise and assist as needed in the current AWANA ministry.
- Visit and interact with leaders and children of AWANA at least quarterly.
- Attend annual AWANA training in Gardner.
- General Oversight: Vacation Bible School, Sunday Nursery program, and Junior Church.
The Pastor of Youth will report to the Elders. They will meet at least weekly, for a staff meeting, and as occasions arise. The Pastor of Youth is required to attend Elders Meetings. This is a full-time position with planned activities for Jr. and Sr. High students during school vacations and summer break.
The Pastor of Youth is responsible for submitting all children's ministry budgets.
The salary and benefit package will be determined based on the Pastor's education and past experience.
Troy Nelson is "Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach" here at FBC. He writes about himself:
I’m thrilled to be serving as a pastor here at First Baptist Church of Waldoboro. The journey our family has made in coming here is a testament to the grace of God and His infinite sovereignty in knowing all things from eternity past and using all things—yes, even my past sins—for his ultimate glory.
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up there in a home where my parents loved God and raised us to do the same. The middle of three children, I stayed the course and entered Houghton College in western New York, a Christian liberal arts school. Very excited at the prospect of going to college to major in camping, I pursued a degree in Outdoor Education. Here, I gave full expression to my love of the outdoors, and after graduation, I pursued backpacking, kayaking, and other adrenaline sports. That would have been well and good, but I took everything as a personal challenge and looked to achieve everything I set my mind to in my human strength. My eyes were not on how to please my Lord, but myself in every way, and I was quickly making bad choices and was on a road to destruction.
Thankfully, God was not through with me. He confronted me where I was and gave me opportunity to turn back to an honest pursuit of every Christian’s calling... to leave the life of sin and live victoriously over it through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ did this work in me.
At this time I began dating a wonderful Christian woman and we were married in 2001. We lived in upstate New York for twelve years. We left a faithful, amazing church in the Adirondacks of New York where we had grown so much in our love for the Lord, and moved to another faithful, amazing church in mid-coast Maine, First Baptist of Waldoboro. Here we served a very practical three year internship while receiving formal pastoral training through the M.Div. program at Faith Bible Seminary—a live classroom video—broadcasted from Lafayette, Indiana.
Today we have two beautiful works of God, ages 5 and 8. Our family enjoys hiking and camping together, and now we also enjoy exploring new beaches and lighthouses. We are thankful for the many opportunities to grow and serve right where God has positioned us. I am excited to see how God will use this body of believers to further impact our community for the kingdom as we all grow in the likeness of our Savior, Jesus.
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness." Psalm 115:1