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Our pastors are dedicated to the authority of Scripture and the Lordship of Christ. Their goal is to help people of all ages find joy and purpose as committed followers of Jesus.

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RyansHeadRyan Eaton

Senior Pastor    |

Ryan has been the Pastor of First Baptist Church since the fall of 2006.  He has a strong desire for people to see the joy in knowing Jesus as Lord, and loves the opportunity to show all people that they were created for this purpose.

Ryan met his wife Stacy when they were both teenagers. They were married in 1999 and have six children together:  Ty, Griffin, Evan, Julianna, Piper, and Marlo.

Ryan gives testimony of how Christ came into his life as a young teenager.  It was during these years that his family began attending a church where he heard the gospel for the first time.  Amazed by the love of God sending His Son to die for his sins, Ryan trusted Christ as savior and a short time later began to desire to use his life to share the great message of salvation.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL, Ryan served as an assistant pastor outside of Charleston, WV from 2003 to 2006 when he became pastor of First Baptist Church.

Ryan and his family enjoy the community of Racine-especially its natural beauty and rural farmland. Hunting, fishing, and gardening are a few of Ryan’s hobbies, and cooking food for his family and friends is his favorite form of relaxation.

An avid reader, Ryan’s favorite books are Knowing God by J.I. Packer, When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper, and The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes.



JessesHeadJesse McKendree

Youth Pastor    |

Jesse is a graduate of Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL with a B.S. in Church Ministry.  He is originally from Callahan, FL. 

Jesse felt God calling him to ministry work during a week he sponsored a youth group at The Wilds Camp in North Carolina.  He moved to Racine in 2009 to minister at First Baptist. 

He met his wife Kim in Racine and they now have a daughter, Elise, and a son, Liam. 

Two books that have had an impact on Jesse’s life have been Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright and Wrecked by Jeff Goins.   

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