Leadership

Our congregation is led by our Council of Shepherds (Dave Akers, Joe Dorsey, Danny Pelfrey, and Jerry Saulton).

  • Jon Estes

    Interim Pastor, FBC Kenova & Teaching Pastor, Legacy Huntington campus

    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).

  • Mackey Gaskin

    Teaching Pastor, Legacy 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 Legacy Church Ashland, click here.

  • Tony Cicenas

    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 Creasy

    Executive Minister

    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. 

  • nick windisch

    Collegiate Minister

    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 joyce

    Worship Leader

    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.

  • 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).