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Robert Dawson
Senior Pastor

Robert has served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Lake Park since May 2004. He was born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia and surrendered his life to Christ as a 12-year-old boy, and at the age of 19, he committed himself to full-time Christian ministry. Robert graduated from Florida Baptist Theological College and received his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. With 20 years of ministry experience, he has served in various pastoral ministry positions in churches from Georgia to NorthCarolina.
Robert is married to Kristal (’96), and has two children, John Mark (’00) and Jordan Grace (’07). He has a contagious heart for people and a sincere love for God’s Word.
Outside of ministry, Robert loves fishing, reading, spending time with his family, and managing the Atlanta Braves organization from his recliner.


Jason Spell
Associate Pastor

Originally from Lakeland, GA, Jason has served on staff at First Baptist Church of Lake Park since June 2003. After surrendering his life to a call to ministry in March 1996, Jason’s course and plans for his life immediately changed. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University (’00) in Tulsa, OK and received his Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University Seminary in (’09).
Jason serves FBC Lake Park in various capacities from leading our worship, student, and children's ministries. He deeply desires to faithfully, passionately, and clearly communicate the truth of the Bible.  He loves preaching, teaching, and serving.
Jason is married to Wendy and is called “Daddy” by Bethany, Noah, and Isaac.  He loves fishing, the aroma of freshly cut grass, the smell of the air immediately before and after it rains, baseball, family time, reading a good book with a great cup of coffee, and anything made by Apple.

Jonathan Hancock
Minister of Education & Discipleship

Jonathan has served on staff since April 2018.


The Pastoral Leadership Team is provides plurality of leadership to the church.  This team of men provide support and counsel for the Senior Pastor in relation to matters of doctrine, oversight of staff and personnel , vision, policy and procedures, church discipline and general oversight of church ministries.

The Pastoral Leadership Team is a made up of both staff and laymen:

  • Robert Dawson

  • Jonathan Hancock

  • Bud O'Dell


  • Dorrell Combass

  • Steve Sellers

  • Lee Bennett

  • Jim Hancock

  • Daniel Keown

  • Michael Turner

  • Daniel Holmes                                


Lorri McSwain, Secretary

Nina Keown, Choir/Music Director

Tyler Shoemake, Maintenance