Pastor Jared, his wife, Abby, and their three children have been serving here in Osprey since 2019. For three years, Jared served as our Associate Pastor focusing on next generation ministries. The church unanimously called Jared to serve as our Senior Pastor in July 2022. He has a BS degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity Baptist College (Jacksonville, FL) and has been in the ministry for 15 years, serving two prior churches in the Ocala, FL area. 

Pastor Jared is passionate about seeing life change through exalting Christ with Biblical preaching that is dynamic, practical, and relevant. His messages connect with today’s generation, providing challenges and principles to help aid individual spiritual growth.

Jared loves hitting the beach with his family, playing basketball, and watching FSU Football. Abby is a Christian school teacher and also sings weekly in our praise team while playing keyboard. 

First Baptist Church of Osprey has been Carrie’s home church for much of her life and she has faithfully served the Lord here for many years. Carrie is a talented musician with a genuine desire to help others draw closer to Christ through worship. She is a local elementary school teacher and children’s book author

Carrie is married to Ben, a small business owner who also teaches our youth class on Sunday mornings and serves with the Sarasota County Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry as an Area Representative, focusing on motorsports ministry. Ben is an avid motorsports enthusiast and past racer himself and we are excited about how God has used and will continue using him to impact racers with the Gospel through FCA.