Meet our team
Dr. Mike mcgough, Senior Pastor
Dr. Mike McGough came to FBCN as our Pastor in February, 2008 after 30 years of Christian service as Pastor, Seminary Professor and College Dean.
He attended Ruckel Middle School, Niceville Sr. High and spent his teenage years growing up in the very church God has now called him to lead. Following the completion of a degree of business, he felt God's call on his life into the Pastorate. He completed his Master of Divinity and pastored for six years before returning to earn his Doctorate in New Testament and Greek.
Mike and his wife felt the call to missions in 1987 and they were appointed by the International Mission Board, SBC, to the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Alberta, Canada. Over the next fourteen years, Dr. McGough taught New Testament and Greek at the seminary, while serving in three interim pastorates and helping to start two new churches in the area. Between 2000 and 2006, the Lord led him to change his focus to preaching and pastoral ministry. During that time he ministered in surrounding churches, serving in two interim pastorates and starting "The Cowboy Trail Church," to evangelize the people in the ranching and agricultural community.
During this time, God led him to move again in 2007, this time to Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) to serve as Academic Dean of the Joe Ingram School of Christian Service. As one of six academic deans, Brother Mike planned and regularly preached in local Southern Baptist Churches.
He met and married his wife, Nancy, while in seminary where she was pursuing a degree in Religious Education. Mike and Nancy are the parents of one son, Micah, who is married and lives in Alberta, Canada, and they have two beautiful granddaughters.
Dennis J. Brown, Associate Pastor - Worship
Dennis Brown began his ministry at FBCN on September 27, 1987. Prior to that time, he served as Minister of Music and Youth at churches in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is married to Leah, a soloist and accompanist at FBCN, and Vocal and Advanced Piano Instructor at FBCN's School of Music.
A native of Michigan, he grew up in Mississippi, receiving his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Master of Church Music degree with advanced studies in Music History and Conducting from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is the son, grandson, and great grandson of Baptist Ministers. Due to the strong influence of Godly parents and grandparents, he accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 6. He surrendered to full time Christian service at a youth Bible Camp as a teenager and has served churches continuously since 1974.
Dennis and Leah are the parents of three grown children - Monica, Melody, and Matthew; and are proud Poppi and Mimi to their five grandchildren - Haley, Isaac, Carter, Lydia, and Jedidiah.
Brad Beckham, Associate Pastor - Children
Brad joined the FBCN family in August 2012 after serving as the Minister to Students at FBC Ozark, MO for five years. He grew up in Jackson, Missouri which is two hours directly south of St. Louis. Go CARDINALS! Brad attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri where he received a B.A. in Religious Education. It was at SBU that Brad met and married his wife and ministry partner Kirstin. Kirstin received a B.A. in Psychology. Brad and Kirstin are the proud parents of three beautiful girls. Brad is always out numbered in his own home.
Brad was called into full-time ministry during high school. He and Kirstin are passionate about ministry. Brad and Kirstin have spent the past 15 years in full-time Student Ministry until God began a major work in their lives. God laid a new vision and passion before the Beckham's to begin praying about a change in ministry focus. Through many months of prayer and searching, God opened a door for Brad and Kirstin to begin a new adventure of Children's Ministry. Brad was licensed to Gospel Ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church in Princeton, West Virginia in 1997. He was ordained at Fee Fee Baptist Church in Bridgeton, Missouri in July 2003.
Michael Van Sant, Associate Pastor - Students
Michael began serving at First Baptist in spring of 2011. He grew up in Lilburn, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Michael attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia where he majored in Mathematics Education, and met his wife, Dana, who was also a mathematics major. After graduating in 2004, Michael and Dana got married on Berry's campus at Frost Chapel in March of 2005. They have two daughters, Sadie (2010) and Josie (2012).
The Lord called Michael into full-time vocational ministry in March 2001. He and Dana both have a heart and a passion for students and discipleship. During a 2006 youth mission trip to Mexico, Michael and Dana both heard God's call for them to serve in student ministry. When they returned home, Michael began his studies in the spring of 2007 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. A month later, he was called to be the minister of Students at Calvary Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia.
After serving four years at Calvary, the Lord called Michael and Dana to Niceville. Michael oversees the ministries for our students from middle school through college. He and Dana serve with a tremendous team of volunteers who are committed to investing into the lives and hearts of students. Our church believes students are uniquely created and gifted individuals, who are loved by God. It is our desire, and our mission, to partner with parents and families to see young people become life-long students, who follow Christ with obedience and passion.
Chuck Hartness, Associate Pastor - Adults
Chuck Hartness is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. A gifted preacher, teacher, and musician. He entered the Lord's work as the Minister of Music and Youth at Parkway Baptist Church, New Albany, Indiana in 1976 and stayed there for three years. He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mercer University Atlanta and the Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Upon completion of his Seminary degree, Chuck served for a number of years as a Church Planter and Pastor in Western New York with the North American Mission Board.
In 1990 he returned to the south to Pastor Calvary Baptist Church in Dawson, Georgia, a position he held for 10 years. In September 2000 he was called to FBCN as Associate Pastor, Senior Adults. That position was expended to include Adult Ministries in 2007.
Chuck is married to Sue, a pianist and organist at FBCN and piano instructor at FBCN's School of Music. They are the proud parents of four adult children; Stephanie, Jonathan, Rachel, and Leslie, and grandparents to Westin & Joel.
Steve Renna, Administrator
Charlotte Smith, Director of Administration
Debbie DiFrancesca, Finance
Jackie Fauth, Records Specialist
Angie Linder, Student Associate
Brenda F. Cook, Receptionist
Robbie Pickler, IT Specialist/Webmaster
Joy Van Steenburgh, Children Ministry Associate
Vicki Blake, Paid Childcare Coordinator
Lissa Corley, BEE Director
Kathy Bloor, BEE Assistant
Alice Hagans, Hostess
Ward Van Steenburgh, Property Manager
Morgan Ruiz, Worship Associate