Our Staff

  • Dr. Chris Orr

    Senior Pastor

    Dr. Chris Orr comes to us after serving as Pastor at Pioneer Baptist Church in Harrodsburg, KY.  A Florida native, Chris served as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church, Bronson, FL, and College and Recreation Pastor at Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand, FL. Chris and his wife, Katie, previously on staff at CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). Pastor Chris and Katie are the proud parents of Kenneth, Anna and Michael.

    Pastor Chris earned his B.A. at the University of North Florida, his Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Clint Patterson

    Youth Pastor

    Clint has a Bachelor's in Science degree in Physical Therapy, from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He also has a Masters of Divinity degree, from Andersonville Theological Seminary, in Camilla, Georgia. He currently works as a full-time high school Bible teacher at First Academy in Leesburg, Florida. Clint also is the youth pastor at Grand Island Baptist Church. He also continues to work as a home health care physical therapist.

    Clint Patterson has been married to Amanda Patterson for the last 21 years. They have three boys: Ridge, Roan, and Reid.

  • Kayla Reichard

    Ministry Assistant

    Kayla hails originally from the beautiful city of Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre from Liberty University in May of 2018, and moved to Mount Dora, FL the following August. Kayla is the newest member of the Grand Island Baptist team, having joined us this past September.

  • Larry Nesmith


    Larry studied electronics from DeVry Technical Institute in his hometown, Chicago, IL. He enlisted in the military in 1954, and served in the Air Force for eight years, later moving on to the National Guard, serving a total of 24 years in the military. He spent almost 10 years with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, and retired in 2005, which is when he relocated to Central Florida.

    He has been married to his beautiful wife, Joann for 46 years.

  • Bruce Friend