Our Mission & Vision

Our mission at First Baptist Church of Montverde is to become a family of believers who magnify God in worship, connect with each other in living, and share the message of Jesus Christ with others.  Our desire is to use all that God has given us; our time, our talents, and our facilities to glorify God in such a way that others are led to Him.

Our Leadership Team

At First Baptist Church Montverde it is not about our pastor, it is about our people.  Leadership is important for every church to function well and it is found in many ways at the First.  Our senior Pastor believes in shared leadership and he works with Deacons, Ministry Leaders, Small group leaders, and others to keep us moving forward to accomplish what God has given the church to do: Worship, Disciple, Minister, Give, and Fellowship.

Interim Pastor

Ron Cook and his wife, Rodetta, have been married 40 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during their entire married life and are co-founders of Care for Pastors (CfP). Ron and Rodetta came to Florida to serve at First Baptist Church of Leesburg, and in April of 2000 he was called to be the Senior Pastor at a new church plant called Southpointe Baptist Fellowship.

During their service at Southpointe, the church grew to over 800 members with multiple services and several community affecting outreaches. Ron stepped out of his role as Lead Pastor at Southpointe Baptist Fellowship in January of 2011 to dedicate his full attention to the development of Care for Pastors, to ensure it reached its full potential to minister to pastoral families. Ron is a great speaker and will lead us as we search for our full time Senior Pastor.


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Dan Parker

Worship Leader

Dan is the Minister of Worship.  He holds a Music Degree from University of New Mexico where he studied guitar and choral conducting.  He leads vocals and participates with the band.  Dan also serves in Discovery Bible Club for kids.  Dan and Ellen live in South Clermont with their daughter Dani.



Chris Larson

Pastor Congregational Care 

Chris is a graduate of Luther Rice Bible College and Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Masters of Arts in Ministry. He previously pastored at First Baptist Church of Rock Springs in Apopka FL. He and his wife Donna are blessed with their children, Brant and his wife Julie, Lori, and Eric; and 3 grandchildren, Grant, Grace, and Isaac.

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