“FBC Jacksonville is here to bring every heart closer to Christ, from the youngest baby to the oldest senior.”

-Pastor Derek Staples 


At FBC Jacksonville, we believe that God has called us to connect people to Christ and to one another.


We believe we will accomplish this vision through loving God, growing together, and serving others.

Click the picture to learn more about each staff member.

Dr. Derek Staples has served in pastoral ministry since the age of 19. He began pastoring at FBC Jacksonville in January 2007. Dr. Staples holds a Doctorate of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Julie and has three sons: Josh, Jordan, and Andrew who is married to Savannah. He also has one grandson, James Christopher.

Dr. Derek Staples



Derek has been a Christian since the age of 14. He grew up involved in the church, but lacked a personal knowledge of God. It was through the influence of church leaders and friends that Derek became a Christian. Derek has served in full-time ministry since 2015, and has served at FBC Jacksonville since July 2018. He is an alumni of Jacksonville State University where he was a history major. He is currently a Master of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Derek is married to Kendall and has one daughter, Maebry. His passion in ministry is to see people come to know God’s grace. He longs to see students loving God, living in community with others, and impacting their schools in the name of Jesus.

Derek McFarland


Bob became a Christian at the age of nine. It was through the teachings of Sunday School leaders and pastors that he came to believe. On the night he was baptized, he played the organ and sang “Amazing Grace.” He believes that night to be both his public declaration of faith and his music ministry in the church. Bob has served in ministry for over 28 years, specifically in the area of music. He has served at FBC Jacksonville since October of 2012. Bob earned an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Sauk Valley College, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Northern Illinois University. He also earned a Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas. He is married to Angela and has two children: Robert and James. He believes that music ministry is of utmost importance to the spiritual life and growth of the local church. He is called to be a minister as well as a musician. Bob’s passion is to remain true to God’s call as he serves Him through the ministry of FBC Jacksonville.

Bob White

Minister of music & administration


Angie grew up in the church and was baptized at the age of 8. Though she thought she knew all the answers, she feels as though she truly began following Jesus at age 16. She sensed the Lord’s calling into ministry when she was 18. She began serving in the preschool ministry of FBC in 1979 and soon realized it was where she needed to be. She has served in various capacities at FBC Jacksonville since 1994 and has been the Director of Kids and Family Ministry since 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University in 1976. Angie married Rick in 1976. They have three Children: Holly, April, and Zack. They have ten grandchildren. Angie’s passion in ministry is to provide resources to encourage and equip parents as they help their children follow Jesus. She also seeks to provide a quality learning environment and spiritually enriching experiences where children can learn to love God, love others, and lovingly serve others.

Angie Casey


Jesse was born and raised in the Atlanta area. He became a Christian at a young age and felt God calling him into the ministry during his teenage years. He graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2011 with a degree in Communications. He received a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015. In August 2015, Jesse moved to Jacksonville to lead EngageJSU, the college ministry of FBC Jacksonville. Jesse is married to Shara and they have two sons: Ezra and Titus.

Jesse Stewart



Taylor has been a Christian since he was 5 years old. His time in youth and college ministry inspired him to serve in ministry. Taylor was a leader in the FBC college ministry, EngageJSU, while in college. He was also the part-time music leader for the EaglePoint Campus while a student. He served at a church plant in Orlando, FL from 2016 to 2019. He has served at FBC Jacksonville since July of 2019. Taylor graduated from Jacksonville State University with a degree in Business Management. Taylor is married to Ashley and has two children: Adalynn and Theodore. His passion in ministry is to serve and strengthen the local church while serving in various capacities.

Taylor Alexander


Below is a short list of some of the primary doctrinal beliefs we have at FBC Jacksonville. You can find a more detailed list here.


  • God is the creator and Ruler of the universe.

  • God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and is co-equal with the Father.

  • The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.

  • The Holy Spirit empowers and equips believers for Christian living.

  • The Bible is God’s Word to us.

  • People are made in the image of God, to be like him in character.

  • Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.

  • Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.

  • All people will exist forever either in Heaven or Hell.