Pastor Jerry Lancaster:
Pastor Lancaster and Joy have been at Starkey since 1974. Pastor came to Florida at that time to work alongside his father-in-law, Dr. Eric Folsom, as his Youth Pastor. The church was located in Gulfport before moving to Starkey Road in 1983. It was then that Pastor Lancaster became the Senior Pastor of SRBC.
Pastor Lancaster graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Business Administration, and received his Master of Divinity degree from Cincinnati Baptist Seminary in 1974.
The Lancaster's have three daughters (and sons-in-law): Keri Barclay (John) who live in Bethany, Mo. with their four children, Julie, Riker, Katie and Gage; Kristen Maddux (Andrew) who live in St. Petersburg with their daughter, SaraRose; and Erika Hartzell (John), who live in Boca Raton, Florida, and have two sons and a daughter.
Six building programs have been completed under Pastor Lancaster's ministry at Starkey. The church has grown from a group of 60 to more than 1200 members under his ministry. Pastor Lancaster is frequently heard on the “Building Blocks for the Family” program on BBN radio (Bible Broadcasting Network). He serves on the General Council of Baptist Mid-Missions, and the Board of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.
Pastor is a "bearcat" through and through, loyal to his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati; an aficionado of Cincinnati chili; and a NASCAR enthusiast, complete with the Richard Petty Rookie Experience at the Disney track, and the Daytona International Speedway. [EMAIL Pastor Lancaster]
Pastor Jerry Busby:
Pastor Busby and Tammi have been members of SRBC since 1988. Jerry and Tammi met while students at Baptist Bible College of Springfield, Mo., where Jerry graduated in 1985. Pastor Busby is the Pastor of Family Ministries, and has been on staff since 2002. He oversees all the children's ministries, the Adult Bible Fellowships, along with the publication ministries. Pastor Busby also serves on the Keswick Christian School Board. Tammi is one of our church secretaries and bookkeeper, and has been on our church staff since 1997.
Jerry and Tammi have two children, Justin(Mary), graduate of Baptist Bible College of Pa. and is working in the area, and Katelyn, who is in High School at Keswick Christian School.
Pastor Busby's favorite colors are scarlet and gray; his favorite nut is the buckeye, and he lives and breathes Ohio State football. [EMAIL Pastor Busby]
Pastor Don Rice:
Pastor Don is the Minister of Music and has a great love for the local church. He desires for all of God’s people to experience and enjoy music as their language of praise. It is his desire that music ministers to all generations of the church, and to encourage people develop and use their talents for God’s glory.
Pastor Don and Marsha joined the church staff in January, 2007. They have served in church ministry since 1981. Prior to joining the staff here, they’ve served in four churches, they came here from an 18 year ministry at High Point Baptist Chapel in Geigertown, PA.
Don married his wife, Marsha, at Beth Haven Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. They both served in the Youth Ministry there and later surrendered vocational ministry at a revival meeting. Their journey began at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and has taken them through many steps of faith and personal challenges to understand we all have a wonderful God!
Don and Marsha have four adult children. Helen (Jose) Escalera has four children and lives in Pennsylvania, working in camp ministry. Don Jr. (Christy) has two children and lives in Michigan, working in youth ministry. Matthew (Caitlin) has a Bible degree and is working in the area. Jessica (Jonathan) has a music education and is a pastor’s wife in South Carolina.
Family life is important to Don and Marsha as a couple, parents and grandparents. They love meeting new friends, and enjoy playing games, traveling, and of course, eating out. [EMAIL Pastor Don]
Pastor Tom Benefiel:
Pastor Tom & Karin joined the staff in September, 2007. He is serving as Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship. Tom and Karin are both graduates of Cedarville University and Tom completed his Master's degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Their ministry began in 1981 when they were appointed as missionaries to Brazil with Baptist Mid-Missions. They served in Brazil until 1990 when God led them back to the States due to the health needs of their son, ristofer. Toledo, Ohio became their home for the next 16 years as they began working with college students at the University of Toledo through Emmanuel Baptist Church. Tom would later be asked to join the pastoral staff at Emmanuel becoming the Executive Pastor. His duties included Administration, Missions and Finance. Tom also serves on the Board of Trustees for Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA.
Tom and Karin have two children - Kari, who graduated from BBC in 2007 and Kristofer who graduated from high school in 2007. Kari is married living in Michigan and has given them their first grandchild. Kris is attending USF. The Benefiel's love living in the Sunshine State and are enjoying"snow-less winters"!
Pastor Tom has a variety of interests from playing golf to attending NASCAR races with friends. Karin has also been seen at the track with her husband on different occasions. They both enjoy traveling and their favorite, "cruising the high seas"!!
Pastor Brandon Hancock:
Pastor Brandon and Emily joined the staff of Starkey Road Baptist Church in July of 2013. He is the Pastor of Student Ministries covering our Middle School, High School and College Ministries. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit Pennsylvania with His Masters in Theology with an emphasis on Church Leadership. In His time there he met Emily and they were married in June of 2013. Emily has a teaching degree from Baptist Bible College, and enjoys every opportunity she has to teach children. Although they both hail from the North they are settling in nicely to the warmer weather here in Florida.
Pastor Brandon and Emily have a real love for the outdoors. They enjoy everything from hunting to hiking and camping to biking. If it is outside they enjoy it! Pastor Brandon also has a love for sports but specifically he has a love for Hockey. He is a diehard Detroit Redwings fan!
Tammi has been one of our secretaries since 1997. Along with her secretarial duties, she also is our bookkeeper. She was born in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and came to know Christ as her personal savior at age 10 as a result of the bus ministry of the Florence Baptist Temple, Florence, KY. After high school she went to Baptist Bible College (Springfield, Missouri) where as she put it, "I got my MRS. degree", marrying Jerry Busby (our Pastor of Family Ministries) in 1984. They have two children, Justin and Katelyn.
Sue has been on staff since 2004. Sue is responsible for the majority of our graphic design work. She was born in Warren, Ohio, and was born-again at an evangelistic service when she was 10 years of age. She graduated from Largo High School and Clearwater Christian College. She met her husband, David, when SRBC was meeting in the Chapel. They were married in 1985 and have two children, Lindsey and Michael.
Sandy was saved as a junior in high school after watching the movie A Thief in the Night at the Christian Drive-In Cinema. She was then discipled through their mail-in Bible Study. Sandy has a 2-year business degree from St. Pete College. She and her husband, George have been married since 1988.
Larry began his work with us at the beginning of 2006. He is the Director of Facilities, and has the responsibility of supervising our maintenance team, organizing the work schedule for the cleaning of the facilities, and overseeing the projects relating to the building and grounds. Larry comes to us with a background in the heating and cooling industry, and has been invaluable to us. Larry is married to Charletta and has two adult daughters and 3 granddaughters.
Kris is working part-time with our maintenance team. He is currently attending the University of South Florida and is involved in various ministries here at church.