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Dr. David Peterson, Senior Pastor
Dr. David Peterson Dr. David Peterson, Senior Pastor, was born in Clearwater in 1953. He has lived in Land O’ Lakes since 1968.

Dr. Peterson was called to be the pastor of First Baptist Church in 1980. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Bible from Florida Bible College and earned his Doctorate degree in Pastoral Theology from Bob Jones University. He and his wife, Denise, have two grown children, Sarah Beth and Stephen.

Known for his clear Bible teaching, Dr. Peterson has the God-given ability to explain difficult passages from Scripture in a way anyone can understand. He takes a strong stand on the purity and clarity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His entire ministry is built upon uncompromised preaching and teaching of God’s Word.

Rev. Rick Avriett, Assistant Pastor
Rev. Rick Avriett Pastor Rick Avriett is a life-long resident of Land O’ Lakes. After graduating from Pasco High School, he attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1978.

After working in the business world for several years, Pastor Avriett attended Tampa Bay Bible College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Biblical Studies.

Pastor Avriett and his wife, Diane, have four grown children, Amanda, Trenton, Allison, and Katie. Pastor Rick has been on staff at First Baptist Church since 1993.

Rev. Dave Nichols, Administrator
Rev. Dave Nichols Pastor Dave Nichols joined the staff at First Baptist Church in 2005 as the Administrative Pastor. His responsibilities include the business aspects of the church including finances, facilities, personnel, calendar, and other administrative functions. Dave also serves as the Administrator of Land O’ Lakes Christian School.

Dave has been in pastoral and education ministry since 1989. He has served as an administrator and/or on the pastoral staff in ministries in Texas, Colorado, Iowa, and Florida. He has graduate degrees from Pensacola Christian College and Bob Jones University in Bible and Education. Dave serves on the Board of Directors for the Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools and on the Accreditation Commission for the American Association of Christian Schools.

Dave and his wife, Susan, have six children who attend Land O' Lakes Christian School, Pensacola Christian College, or serve in the military.

Rev. DJ Willis, Youth Pastor
Rev. DJ Willis Pastor Daniel J. Willis (DJ) joined the staff of First Baptist Church in November of 2013 as Youth Pastor. His responsibilities include all aspects of youth ministry such as youth activities, camps, Vacation Bible School director, Wednesday evening Youth services, and youth counseling. He graduated from Baptist College of Ministry with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible with a Music Pedagogy Minor.

Pastor Willis serves full-time at First Baptist Church alongside of his wife, Amanda. Throughout his college career, Pastor Willis traveled on various Evangelistic teams across the United States working specifically with teens of various backgrounds and situations. He has a love for the presentation of the Gospel and for the revival of backslidden teenagers. He is also the Athletic Director for Land O' Lakes Christian School.