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.”
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."