HELLO FROM

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

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

Kathy Chester

children's ministry director

Kathy has been a part of the GIBC family since 2007 and staff beginning in 2015. She has served with our Children’s Ministry for over 10 years. She home-schooled her daughter through high school and then continued her education at Lake Sumter State College. She currently works full-time at Lake Technical College in Eustis, FL, in Health Sciences and serves as our Children’s Director. She has been married  to her husband, Larry, for 27 years and they have a daughter, Brianne (Brie).

Shaun Braley

Associate pastor &
minister of worship

Pastor Shaun joined the GIBC family in April 2019. He has a degrees in Church Music from The Baptist College of Florida and Music Technology from Indiana University. He has served in churches throughout Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. Shaun enjoys fishing, reading, playing jazz, Miami Dolphins football, hanging out with his wife, Alison, and four kids, Anna, Ella, Aiden, and Ian, and being a sci-fi and fantasy nerd.

Kayla Reichard

Ministry assistant

Kayla hails originally from the beautiful city of Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre Arts from Liberty University in May of 2018 and moved to Mount Dora, FL, this past August. Kayla enjoys reading, writing, photography, hiking, and traveling.

Larry Nesmith

Custodian

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

Facilities manager