Our Staff

Patrick Odle - Senior Pastor

Pastor Odle is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church having served here since August of 2011.  Before coming to Elyria Patrick served as Chaplain and Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, his alma mater.  Prior to serving at FBBC&TS he was the Senior Pastor for nine years at Holmes Baptist Church near Clarion, Iowa and the Associate Pastor at Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa.  Pastor Odle is married to his high school sweetheart, Ruth.  God has blessed them with four children.  In his free time Pastor Odle unapologetically cheers on his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers football team (despite living in Buckeye country) and enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hunting.  Pastor Odle's greatest ministry passions are serving the people of First Baptist Church and its surrounding community, and preaching God's Word in an expository manner with the goal of exalting the Lord and changing lives!

You can send Pastor Odle e-mail at podle@firstbaptistelyria.org

David Little - Administration & Vision Pastor

Pastor Little assists the Senior Pastor in managing the oversight of the ministry and sharing creative ideas for better and more effective disciple making and teaching of God's Word.  He came on staff in September of 2014 after serving for seventeen years as the President of Baptist Church Planters.  Previous to that ministry he and his wife Kathy served in four churches over a twenty-eight year period, all in upstate New York. In 2005 Pastor Little received a honarary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa.   The Little's have one daughter, two sons and many grandchildren.

You can send Pastor Little e-mail at dlittle@firstbaptistelyria.org

Dan Parker - Worship & Music Pastor

Pastor Parker coordinates the ministries of Worship and Music at First Baptist Church. He began on staff in July of 2002 after serving over 19 years as a music pastor in Michigan. Previous to that ministry he served at two churches in Indiana in the same capacity. He graduated from Baptist Bible College of Clarks Summit, PA with a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Music. Pastor Parker and his wife Bonnie have seven children.  They are Wolverine football fans of the University of Michigan representing the most winning football program in the history of college football.

You can send Pastor Parker e-mail at dparker@firstbaptistelyria.org

Josh Butler - Youth Pastor

Pastor Josh coordinates the 7th through 12th grade teen ministries at First Baptist Church. He began serving on staff in July of 2012.  He graduated from Bob Jones University in 2004 where he received a bachelor's degree.  He also graduated from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008 where he received a Masters of Arts degree in Biblical Studies.  He previously served as a youth pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He and his wife Amy were married in August of 2004. They have three sons.

You can send Pastor Butler e-mail at jbutler@firstbaptistelyria.org

Craig Golden - Senior Ministries & Pastoral Care

Pastor Golden along with his wife, Shirley, coordinate the Senior Ministries and Pastoral Care. They came on staff in September of 2012 after serving twenty-four years as State Representative of the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches for the state of New York. Pastor Golden has a Bachelor of Theology, Master of Ministry and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Baptist Bible College and Seminary of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Prior to serving as State Representative, he pastored three Baptist churches in New York - Dresserville, Breesport and Newark Valley. For over twenty years, he and his wife organized and hosted bus trips for the senior saints of New York. The Golden's have two sons and two grandchildren.

You can send Pastor Golden e-mail at cgolden@firstbaptistelyria.org

Kris Wilcox - Business Administrator

Kris is responsible for the financial operations of First Baptist Church and Christian School.  He also oversees the maintenance, upkeep and improvements of the facility and grounds.  He graduated from Cedarville University in 1985 and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1989.  Previous to serving at First Baptist, he owned and operated two busnesses and worked in public accounting.  He and his wife Judy have six children.

You can send Kris Wilcox email at kwilcox@firstbaptistelyria.org