My life’s purpose, given to me by the Lord as a teenager, is to fulfill my part of the Great Commission (Matt. 28), by living the Great Commandment (Matt. 22). I was saved as a youth in my mom’s good news club in a little mountain community of 300 people in New Mexico. I was called by God as a teen at a Christian camp to serve HIM in ministry. I met my best friend and wonderful wife, Tami, at Life Action Ministries as a young adult. This wonderful family-centered revival team where we were privileged to serve for two years together, was used by God to light a fire for revival in the depths of our souls that has only intensified over the years. God has abundantly blessed us with 4 wonderful children, three which are adults and our “surprise” teenage, beautiful, lover of Jesus who has kept us young. I am so thankful that God has called my family and I to minister to and with this very special local body of Christ, FIRST BAPTIST DOVER. We believe the church is made up of people who have been saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone, and through this multi-generational body of Jesus (Titus 2) we are called and privileged to accomplish the mission of making disciples of all people groups. We have been blessed beyond words to spend our lives serving out of a local church, going into our neighborhood, our region, our nation, and our world on this God-mission of world evangelization and discipleship. Tami and I believe that we were put here on earth to equip God’s people to become fully committed followers of Christ, building strong Biblical marriages and families. We have been honored and blessed to do family and marriage ministry for over three decades throughout the world. I have made my living doing what my Lord called me to do anyway… and to me that is quite amazing, still realizing that the best is yet to come!
Pastor Kevin is a native Floridian who served 11 years in Miami before joining FBC Dover in January 2012. He is married to Michelle and they have three boys: Daniel, Luke, and Nathan. Kevin attended the University of the Cumberlands and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves Miami Dolphins football, camping with his family, and leading marriage retreats with his wife. His 10 words to live by: “Trust in the Lord…and He will direct your paths.”
William BellottSTUDENT PASTOR
Billy and his wife Nadine have been married since January 1992 and have a daughter Corie, and son Derek. He has been on staff since 1999 and was active in the student ministry at Dover (1986-1990) as a youth, (1993-1994) Dover Student Ministry Intern. Billy enjoys spending lots of time with his family and cycling with friends. He loves doing life with the awesome students, leaders, and staff here at First Baptist Church Dover.
David BurttMINISTER OF MUSIC
David Burtt is a native of Mobile Alabama and is a recent addition to the First Baptist Dover family. His love for music ministry started in the choir loft of a small country church, pastored by his father. David graduated from the University of Mobile with a degree in Worship Leadership with a concentration in church ministries. He has travelled the world singing with the Voices of Mobile while in college and has spent time with a military ministry team in the Philippines. He is a United States Marine and loves spending time challenging himself physically by riding bikes, playing sports and teaching fitness classes. His life verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. “ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Rolla UtleyAssociate Pastor
Rolla Utley and his wife Polly have been married 43 years and have 4 children. Rolla has pastored churches in Arkansas,Mississippi, Maine and Missouri, since he entered the ministry in 1960. He loves fishing and tries to go whenever he can. He also oil paints and dabbles in small wood subjects. He and his wife love Maine and look forward to spending time there during the summer. He has been in the ministry 50 years.
Amanda WatkinsDirector of Children’s Ministries
Amanda has been a member of First Baptist Dover since 1996. She came on staff in 2017 as Director of Children’s Ministries after directing Vacation Bible School and teaching music in our IMPACT Children’s Choir. Amanda and her husband Dustin have been married since 2011 and both grew up at First Baptist Dover. They have two large but childlike dogs and a mischievous cat. Amanda graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with intentions of working in the landscape industry, but God had better plans. Amanda loves reading, singing, finding a good deal, all our children at church , and her many volunteers who help teach and minister to these children. She loves being creative with lessons, activities, and crafts for the kids, finding new activities and programs that benefit children and families together, and watching kids grow spiritually in their walk with the Lord. Her life verse is Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.”
LINDA JOHNSONPASTORS SECRETARY
Linda has been on staff at First Baptist Church Dover since 1991. She is a blessing to everyone that makes their way into the office or calls on the phone. She loves meeting the practical needs of the church staff and their families. Linda is an active member at Plant City Church of God. Most of all, Linda is passionate about her family, including 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Her favorite staff member of all time is the current youth pastor at FBDover.
Missie is a 10th generation Floridian who joined FBC Dover in July 2009. She has two boys: Landon and Avery.
DELORES LOPRESTOFAITH OUTREACH SECRETARY
Delores Lopresto and her husband Jack have been married since November 1973 and have one son. They joined FBD April 2003 and are both natives of Eastern Hillsborough County. Graduated from Brandon High School. I am very happy to be a member and part-time employee at FBCDover.
ELLEN SELLERSFINANCE SECRETARY
Ellen Sellers joined the staff at First Baptist Dover in April, 2015. Ellen and her husband Kevin Sellers have been married for 29 years. They have two children. Zach Alan Sellers who is a Sheriff’s Deputy of Seminole County and Kendale Sellers who is a Senior at Plant City High School. Ellen and her husband have been active members at Shiloh Baptist Church for 20 years. Ellen loves working with the youth department and feels its the best part of her day. Romans 8: 1-4
Julia has been on staff here at First Baptist Church Dover since August 2013. She is an active member and leader in the Children Ministry at her home Church “The Crossing Church” in Tampa, FL since 2008. She enjoys her time with the leaders and coordinators as they learn about God together. Teaching our next generation how amazing it is to be in a relationship with God, while living a life full of His love is one of her greatest passions in life.