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 effects 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.”
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 Western 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 graciously gave me the 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 my sweetheart, an amazing Christian woman, and we were married in 2001. We lived in Upstate New York for twelve years. We left our home church in the Adirondacks where we had grown so much in our love for the Lord, and moved here to our new 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.
Our family has always enjoyed hiking and camping together, and now in Maine 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 God using this body of believers to 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
John Hedrick is "Pastor of Youth" here at FBC. He writes about himself:
I am excited about the journey that God has led our family on, which has brought us to Waldoboro. It has indeed been a journey, as God called me to trust Him in the change away from my full-time professional firefighting career into full-time ministry.
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where my parents took my older brother and me to church, stressing the importance of consistent attendance. I am very grateful for the Christian home and foundation that my parents started in my life. There have been many influential mentors along the way, and I believe in that saying that it takes the church "village to raise a family." My mother reminds me that she dedicated me as an infant to serve God. I made the decision to follow Jesus Christ when I was 10 years old during a week of Vacation Bible School. Then when I was a junior in high school, my parents moved to Virginia to take care of their parents.
I met my wonderful wife, Brenda, in college at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. We started doing youth work together as volunteers. Together we continued in various aspects of youth ministry, even after our children were born. We worked at a church in Augusta, Maine, for a three-year term of service and then felt God calling us back to Virginia. While in Virginia, I attended Eastern Mennonite Seminary and obtained a Certificate of Ministry Studies. Through the years I continued in various forms of youth ministry, all while I continued to work as a professional firefighter. As we journeyed, we felt God very distinctively calling me away from a full-time firefighting career to full-time ministry.
I am blessed to have my wonderful helpmate alongside me for over twenty years. We are also blessed with two children: Joy, 16, and Jacob, 9. I love spending time with the family and watching the children’s sporting events. We enjoy outdoor adventures, hiking, camping, etc. I also enjoy collecting baseball cards and have quite the collection. I love to travel and enjoy a great cup of coffee. I love the ocean and can watch it for hours.
My favorite Bible verses come from Isaiah 40:28-31, as it talks about how our hope and strength come from the Lord. Verse 31: "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."