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Rev. Rick Avriett, Assistant Pastor
Pastor Avriett is a life-long resident of Land O’ Lakes. After graduating from Pasco High School, he attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1978.
After working in the business world for several years, Pastor Avriett attended Tampa Bay Bible College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies.
Pastor Avriett and his wife, Diane, have four adult children and several grandchildren. Pastor Rick has been on staff at First Baptist Church since 1993. He leads Seasoned-Saints ministry, assists in Youth Ministry, various visitation events and teaches Bible in Land O'Lakes Christian School.
Rev. Dave Nichols, Administrator
Pastor Nichols joined the staff at First Baptist Church in 2005 as the Administrative Pastor. His responsibilities include the business aspects of the church as well as serving as the Administrator of Land O’ Lakes Christian School. Pastor Nichols has been in pastoral and educational ministries since 1989. He has served as an administrator and on the pastoral staff in ministries in Texas, Colorado, Iowa, and Florida. He has graduate degrees in Bible and Education from Pensacola Christian College and Bob Jones University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools and on the Accreditation Commission for the American Association of Christian Schools.
Pastor Nichols and his wife, Susan, have six children - five adult children and one who attends Land O' Lakes Christian School.
Rev. Troy Self, Minister of Music
Pastor Self has served in many capacities of ministry for 30+ years, but it is his choirs that are recognized for their consistent standards of excellence. His school choirs have won multiple awards at state, regional, and national competitions. He presently serves as the FBC music pastor, joining the staff in late-2016. He is a graduate of Massillon Baptist College, Massillon, OH. He also oversees much of the media ministry, teaches a college-career Sunday Bible study class and leads JH and SH choirs in LOLCS. He and Teresa have been married for over 30 years and have five sons they raised in Colorado: two are in Christian ministry; one lives in the Florida pan-handle, and four are back in Colorado. Pastor & Mrs Self became grandparents in 2016.
Rev. Justin Bloom, Youth Pastor
Pastor Bloom joined the staff in 2018 and serves as the FBC youth pastor. Pastor Bloom has served in the United States military and worked with youth in Florida and Indiana. He leads our youth in exciting and edifying activities and service projects. Pastor Bloom also teaches Junior High and High School Bible classes in LOLCS, and enjoys working in children's church with his wife. He is a graduate of Crown College of the Bible in Powell, TN. Pastor and Mrs. Bloom have two children.