Leadership

Our congregation is led by our Council of Shepherds: Pastors Steve Willis and Adam Goodwin, 

Lay Pastors Dave Akers, Joe Dorsey, Rick Gue, Bruce Mosser, and Jerry Saulton as well as our ministerial staff.


Our church meets on three campuses: the main campus in Kenova and our sister congregations

Huntington Community Church (HCC) and First Baptist Church of Ashland, KY. 

  • Steve Willis

    Lead Pastor

    Since first visiting the church in 1998, Steve has had many roles within our congregation. 

    He originally served as Associate for Youth Ministries but now serves as a pastor for the entire congregation. His primary ministries are teaching during Sunday morning services, overall church leadership, and outreach to the Tri-State area. 


    God has blessed Steve to share God’s love on 5 continents and over 40 countries.  

    He has degrees from West Virginia University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Human Development from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  

    He is married to Deanna, his wife of over 28 years, and they have three children, Titus, Johnna, and Lucas.  Deanna is a reading specialist and enjoys leading a tutoring practice for children with reading difficulties.


    Steve enjoys sports, the outdoors, and traveling for the purpose of mission work and experiencing God’s creation.

  • Adam Goodwin

    Teaching Pastor, Huntington Community Church campus

    As a child, Adam’s family didn’t go to church. It was not until he was 20 years old, that God made Himself known to Adam. That same year, he surrendered his life to Him.

    While studying at Marshall University and attending FBC Kenova, Adam met his future wife, Olivia. After completing an undergraduate degree, he moved to Wake Forest, NC to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity and a doctorate in counseling.  After graduating in 2005, Adam and Olivia got married and moved backed to WV. Upon returning to Huntington in 2008, their family attended FBC Kenova.  After a dozen years of marriage, Adam and Olivia have been blessed with six children!


    When Adam returned to FBCK in 2008, the church was in the process of planting a church in Huntington. Adam and Olivia committed one year as lay volunteers to help get the church plant started. Five years later, Adam came on staff with HCC and he is excited to see how God will use their church family to reach the ends of the earth with the gospel of Christ. 


    To find out more about Huntington Community Church, click here.

  • Mackey Gaskin

    Teaching Pastor, First Baptist Ashland campus

    Mackey grew up in South Central Kentucky and became a Christian during his first year of college at Eastern Kentucky University through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in 2006. Since then he has graduated with a degree in Accounting and served on staff with Cru as a campus minister for 6 years at EKU, Marshall University, and the University of Louisville. He has also been on several mission trips in the U.S. as well as to Russia, Argentina, and Lebanon. He married Kayla in May of 2016 and they have two sons (Finn and Cyrus).  


    Kayla also went to Eastern Kentucky University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Occupational Science and her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with an incredibly compassionate heart. Kayla has been on multiple mission trips in the US and went to Brazil 3 years ago on her first international trip. 


    Currently, Mackey is finishing up his Master's degree online classes at Southern Seminary.


    To find out more about First Baptist Church of Ashland, click here.

  • Tony Cicenas

    Children's Director

    Tony has grown up in the Huntington community since moving to West Virginia 30 years ago. Shortly after first visiting FBCK in 2004, Tony became involved in our Children Ministries first as a parent/volunteer and eventually as full-time staff. He currently works with the AWANA program, Upward Basketball program, Children’s Choir, Nursery and Sunday School. 

    Tony also oversees facility management.


    Tony is married to Callie and they have four children (Shelby, Shay, Sydney, and Asher). Tony received his Bachelors in Religion as well as his M.A. in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. Tony enjoys the outdoors, sports and spending time with family.

  • Blake Creasy

    Worship Director

    Blake grew up in the Huntington/Barboursville area. When he began to visit Kenova in 2015, he and his wife Megan immediately began serving on the worship team. Music is their passion. After two years serving on the worship team, Blake joined the staff of FBCK in February 2017.  

    He now oversees the Worship Team and the Tech/AV Team. 


    His goal is to create an atmosphere where God's people can worship the Lord for who He is and what He has done in our lives.  

  • casey moore

    Children's Ministry Assistant

    Casey grew up in Wayne, WV and pursued a degree in Elementary Education from Marshall University. She taught for 6 years for Wayne County Schools before resigning in 2018 to be more available to her children. She is married to Juston "Pup" Moore and together they have three children (Lydia, Clara, and Christian).


    She considers working with children to be her mission field and it's a blessing to be able to assist with the children's ministry at FBCK.

  • jeramie wells

    Front Office Administrator

    Jeramie joined the staff in January of 2018. She is married to Kirk and together they have three children (Samantha, Luke, and Matthew).