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Ben Brown, Pastor-Teacher
Pastor Ben has been the teaching pastor of Jacksonville Bible Church since July 1, 2009. He has a BA in Bible from Cedarville University and a MDiv from Grace Theological Seminary. He came to JBC after serving 15 years in pastoral ministry at a Bible Church in Warsaw, Indiana. He and his wife Misty married in 1994 and have six children.
Ben’s life pursuit is to be used of God to proclaim His Word in a manner that encourages others to study it for themselves and mature in their own walk with Him. His interest in preaching and teaching isn’t just to fill heads with more information, but to equip people to take next steps towards becoming more faithful, fruitful followers of Jesus Christ. He is committed to the process of passing on and reproducing in others what the Lord has done in him so that they can in turn disciple still others.
Ben has a deep concern for ministry to families. He is grieved by the attacks he observes being leveled against the home and longs to equip people with the Word of God to be the spouses, parents, and children God would have them to be. He believes very firmly that evangelism and discipleship should start at home and is excited about ministries that assist parents in their vital role.
On the lighter side, Ben enjoys time with Misty and his kids going to the beach (The Browns love the ocean), to garage sales and antique shops, or just hanging out at home chasing down the activities the kids like to do together.
Jon Triest – Youth Director
Jon and Sanae have been coming to JBC since September of 2005, after they moved from Pennsylvania to the balmy state of North Carolina. Jon graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University (formerly Philadelphia College of Bible) in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Bible, with a specialty in Youth Ministries. Jon loves his job as an electrician on Camp LeJeune, but his real passion is studying the Word of God, helping others understand God’s truths, and watching them grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. His wife of eleven years, Sanae, is equally passionate about working with the youth group, and is involved with other family and women’s ministries. When he’s not working or teaching, Jon loves to hang out with his family. He and his wife have two boys, 9 and 2, who love adventures of all kind. They enjoy playing soccer, water sports, rock climbing, video games, and playing hours of Catan with friends.
John McKee, Pastor Emeritus/Elder
Pastor John was the Pastor-Teacher at JBC for over twenty two years. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and has a THM from Dallas Theological Seminary. John and his wife, Tama, have been married for 40 years and have four married children and five grandchildren. John enjoys learning and loves reading—especially history—and studying the Greek language.
Elders - alphabetical by last name
Jack and his wife Judy have been married for 40 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They have been members of the Jacksonville Bible Church congregation since 2002. Jack is a retired Marine who enjoys reading history, long-distance running and racquetball. Judy is active in women’s ministries. They both have found the sound preaching and many opportunities to serve others at Jacksonville Bible Church to be a rewarding part of their Christian walk together.
Ben joined the JBC congregation during February 1996 after being transferred to Camp Lejeune by the Marine Corps. The son of missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators he was drawn in by the expository teaching of John McKee. A retired Marine and single father of two college aged children, Ben currently writes/updates curriculum for Marine Corps formal schools while pursuing his real passions for Bible study and serving Christ.
Ron and his wife Carol have attended JBC since his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1991. Carol has put up with him for 45 years of marriage. Ron and Carol have been blessed with six children and seven grandchildren. Ron is a graduate of Xavier University and did post graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary while stationed in Hawaii. He’s been a deacon and then an elder at JBC continuously since 1994. Just before coming to JBC, Ron previously attended our parent church, Faith Evangelical Bible Church of Newport, NC. Before coming to JBC, Ron also had the joy of starting AWANA clubs both in California and North Carolina and was AWANA Commander at two different churches. Carol served alongside Ron as AWANA secretary during those years. Carol currently serves as the bookkeeper for JBC. Ron’s interests are apologetics, church history, ancient history, golf, and volleyball officiating.
Deacons - alphabetical by last name
Chris Forman began attending JBC when he and his family moved to Jacksonville in 2005. He is a Marine stationed at MCAS New River.
Chris became a Christian in high school during a Fellowship of Christian Athletes basketball camp.
He is a member of the Worship Team and has been an AWANA T&T leader and small group leader.
Chris is married to Brooke and they have five children: Madeline, Caleb, Ellie, Noah, and Isaiah.
Marshall and his wife Mary began attending JBC after Marshall returned from his first deployment to Iraq in April 2006. They were drawn to JBC’s strong Bible roots, expositional preaching, and family atmosphere. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering, Marshall served as an active duty Marine for 10 years and now works as a contractor on base while continuing to serve part time in the Marine Corps Reserves. Since becoming involved in the Worship Team at JBC, God has filled his heart with a strong desire to worship Him with every aspect of life, not just on Sunday mornings. In addition to leading musical worship as JBC’s Worship Team Leader, Marshall’s passions include theology/apologetics, aviation, and spending time with his family. Mary is also in children’s ministries. Marshall and Mary have been married for nine years and have two children (not including their third “child”, a black lab named Belle).
George Wooten was invited to JBC by friends who knew that God’s Word was missing from his life. With the exception of a tour in Hawaii from 1997 to 2000, George has been with Jacksonville Bible Church since the summer of 1995. George and his wife Brenda have been married for 28 years and have 2 children and one grandchild. George is a retired US Marine and graduated from Chaminade University. George oversees the maintenance effort at JBC. He enjoys history, kayaking/canoeing and is an avid golfer.