Our Staff

Patrick Odle - Senior Pastor

Pastor Odle is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church having accepted an over 99% call to this position in June of 2011.  He has served on the staff at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa as Chaplain and Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life.  During that time he also served as Interim Pastor in various churches.  Previous to serving at FBBC&S he was the Sr Pastor for nine years at Holmes Baptist Church in Clarion, Iowa.  He is sought after as a speaker at various youth and family camps and retreats across America.  He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary and is continuing more graduate work.   Pastor Odle and his wife, Ruth, have 4 children.

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

Dan Friesner - Administrative Pastor

Pastor Friesner coordinates the ministries of Christian Education and Outreach at First Baptist Church. He has been serving in this role since September of 1999. He has served as the Christian Education & Outreach Pastor in three previous churches in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. In addition to serving in these churches, he has also served with Accent/Baptist Publications and Shepherds Baptist Ministries. He graduated from Bob Jones University/ICS. Pastor Friesner and his wife Susan have four grown children.

You can send Pastor Friesner e-mail at dfriesner@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.

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 began their ministry in September of 2012 after serving twenty-four years as State Representative of the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches. 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 Rep, he pastored three Baptist churches in New York - Dresserville, Breesport and Newark Valley. For over twenty years, he and his wife have organized and hosted bus trips for the senior saints of New York. Pastor Golden and Shirley 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