Our congregation is led by our Council of Shepherds (Dave Akers, Joe Dorsey, Danny Pelfrey, and Jerry Saulton).
Jon was born just outside of Erie, PA and grew up in the small country towns of Western NY.
He pursued a degree in Music Education from Cedarville University and served during the summers at Twin Lakes Camp in Hillsboro, IN. While serving as a summer counselor, Jon sensed a heavy burden for the ministry of the Gospel. He surrendered to the calling of God on his life and went straight into the ministry following college. He has served on staff at churches in Central Indiana (2003-2004), Southern Ohio (2004-2008), and south metro Atlanta (2008-2019), before joining the team at First Baptist Church of Kenova in October of 2019. He is currently pursuing a M. Div. in Preaching & Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jon's deepest passion in life is to preach the Word and personally invest in making disciples who make disciples!
Jon married the love of his life, Brandi, in South Point, Ohio in 2005 and God has richly blessed them with four children: Jadon Anaiah (2010), Josiah Alan (2011), Jeremiah Asher (2013) and Lillian Grace (2016).
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.
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Director of Children & Small Groups
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 our Small Groups, the AWANA program, Children’s Choir, Nursery and Sunday School.
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 grew up in the Huntington/Barboursville area. When he began to visit Kenova in 2015,
he immediately began serving on the worship team. Music is his passion.
After two years serving on the worship team, Blake joined the staff of FBCK in February 2017 in a part-time role, and then transitioned to full time in February 2020.
He is married to Megan Creasy and together they have one son (Jeremiah).
Blake oversees the Worship Team and the Tech/AV Team, as well as being the Director of Finance/Administration.
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.
Nick grew up in the south metro Atlanta area. For the majority of his life he has been
bi-vocational and has worked for Chick-fil-a but the Lord continued to lead and direct him to give himself exclusively to full-time ministry to build up and equip the church. He is married to his wife Melissa and together they have three children (Abigail, Lydia, and Benjamin).
Nick and Melissa have always had a great concern for the college students in particular because they learned through their own experiences that it is an important time so they look forward to being able to walk alongside them. It is a season where young adults are becoming more independent and making crucial decisions about faith and life. They are so thrilled to join the team at First Baptist of Kenova and Legacy Church Huntington as they seek to impact college students in the Tri-State area.
Nick grew up in South Point, Ohio, and attended Grace Christian School from 2nd grade through high school graduation. He then began studies at Tri-State Bible College with a focus on Theology, before moving to Nashville, TN. In Nashville, Nick formed a music group that signed a record deal with Christian Artist TobyMac, under his label Gotee Records/Warner Brothers. Nick spent the next decade professionally touring, producing, and song writing several Billboard Charting Christian Radio singles as well as garnering publishing credits internationally in TV and film.
Nick moved back to the Tri-State area and married Courtney and together have a son (Micah).
They own a business in the Ashland Town Center Mall called SuperHero Creamery.
From the first time that Nick first visited Kenova upon returning to the Tri-State area, he recognized that there was musical talent and potential within the church that was extraordinary. With family history at Ashland First Baptist, Nick introduced their church leadership to Pastor Steve, and a new partnership was born as a result. In July 2019, he joined the staff as the worship leader for the Kenova and Ashland campuses.
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).
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.
High School Intern
John grew up in the small town of Kermit, WV, graduating from Tug Valley High School.
While in high school, Jesus got ahold of his life and changed him from the inside out.
John graduated from Marshall in 2018 and is currently working on his Master of Divinity degree through Liberty University’s online programs.
John’s greatest passion is mentoring teenagers and helping them see that Christ came to give them life to the full as described in John 10:10. John loves sports and is a huge Kentucky basketball fan.
Middle School Intern
Hunter is probably known as “the goofy guy who works with the middle school kids”.
He has grown up in Kenova and he graduated from Spring Valley High School. He knew a lot about God growing up, but he hadn’t trusted in Him until his sophomore year and that’s when he became a follower of Jesus.
He has a passion to see young people trust in Jesus and to be Jesus to the community around them. His desire is to see more followers than we do fans.
If you have any questions or concerns about the aspect of middle school ministry,
feel free to reach out to Hunter at 304-654-0639.