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Cliff Lea, Senior Pastor

Cliff Lea

Senior Pastor

Cliff is the lead pastor for both teaching and church leadership, and has served FBC Leesburg since 2007. He is a graduate of Southwestern Theological Seminary and has authored several books. He and his wife Suzy have five sons. He is passionate about God’s word, time with his family, international missions and on a lesser note…Dallas sports and chocolate.
Art Ayris, Executive Pastor

Art Ayris

Executive Pastor

Art serves as the Executive Pastor where he oversees ministry development, long range planning, legal, risk management, financial operations and serves as a trustee for the church. He and his wife, Kelly have two grown sons.
Stephen Wolgamott, Worship Pastor

Stephen Wolgamott

Worship Pastor

Stephen has led the music ministry for FBC since 2008. He is a graduate of The Baptist College of Florida with a degree in Church Music and has a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty University. He and his wife Jennifer have four children.
Steve Rippy, Discipleship Pastor

Steve Rippy

Discipleship Pastor

Steve leads the discipleship, First Impressions and Median Singles (ages 26-54) of the church and has served in church ministry since 2000. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Religion. Steve and his wife Katie have four children and have served in churches in Florida, Maine, Texas, and Mississippi.
Bill Jones, Missions Pastor

Bill JOnes

Missions Pastor

Bill is the Executive Director of both the Christian Care Center (comprised of 7 different ministries) as well as the Community Medical Care Center (our medical partnership with Leesburg Regional Medical Center). His goal is to inspire and support his staff and volunteers to be fully engaged in their mission of Meeting Needs and Sharing Christ. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering and has a Master’s Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Mandy have 3 daughters. 
Jamie Weathers, Families & Young Adults Pastor

Jamie Weathers

Families & Young Adults Pastor

Jamie and his wife have two children and lead young families and college adults. With 20 years in Student Ministry, he continues to lead families and young adults in spiritual growth through opportunities of service, missions, and biblical studies. His desire is to see families walk hand in hand, excited about church and the word of God. 
Jamie Weathers, Families & Young Adults Pastor

Dathan Hale

Children's Pastor

Dathan serves as our Children's Pastor, overseeing 1st through 5th grade. Dathan has a Masters in Children's Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sarah Beth, have three children: Hallie, Addison, and Charlie. Dathan and his family love to camp and all things Tennessee Vols! 
Jamie Weathers, Families & Young Adults Pastor

Suzanne Garner

First Connections

Suzanne was born and raised in Leesburg and is a life-long member of First Baptist Leesburg. She graduated from William Carey College with BS degree in Sociology and minor in Child Development/Home Economics. She has been on staff since 1980. Suzanne serves as director of our First Connections Ministry/Outreach and oversees weekly childcare for First Academy Preschool, and administrates all preschool activities of the church. She and her husband, Reggie, a Lake County builder, and Garner Estate Sales, have 4 children, 3 sons-in-law, and 9 grandchildren.