Our Staff


  • JIM W. BAIZE, Pastor

    Pastor Jim W. Baize was saved at the First Baptist Church of Chicago Heights, IL, in 1956. Later, he accepted the call to the ministry in January 1966, graduating from the Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO in May 1970 with a Bachelor of Theology.


    In 1973, Pastor Baize accepted the position of Pastor, Midway Baptist Church (now called Ocean View Church), San Diego, CA, where he served as Lead Pastor until February 1, 2015.


    Pat and Jim Baize “retired” for about three months, when an opportunity to pastor the First Baptist Church of Coronado presented itself. Jim became the Interim Pastor and then the Lead Pastor in

    January of 2016.


    Pastor Baize and his wife of over 50 years, the former Miss Patricia Goodson, live in San Diego. They have three children, two son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.


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  • Ryan bailey, Navigator Missions Leader (Military)

  • Julie Burkhart, Church Secretary

    Julie loves working and serving at First Baptist Church Coronado! She came to FBC Coronado in November of 2016 after attending a larger church in the South Bay for 18 years. Julie has come to know and love her FAMILY at FBC Coronado and says she is continually blessed by the friendships and bonds made here.

     

    Julie Burkhart is a wife, Mom of 3 and "Grandma" to 6.  She has been married to Eric Burkhart for 24 years. When not working Julie enjoys spending time with Eric, spending lots of fun time with her grandkids, reading, hanging out with Xander, Bailey and Odie (her canine friends), playing trombone in an orchestra and playing the piano. 


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  • Rachel Gorken, leadership team member, Heart to Heart Ministry, Ladies' BIBLe study leader

    Rachel Gorken has been married to Gary for over 20 years and they have 2 kids, Grant (15) and Olivia (12). In 2012 her family took a leap of faith and moved across the country from Virginia Beach, VA to Coronado, CA. Ever since, First Baptist Coronado has been their church home.

     

    Rachel spends most of her days loving and ministering to her family, homeschooling her kids, praying with and discipling the amazing team of people inside of their thriving small business (www.gmsindustrialsu12pJy.com).

     

    Her other loves include writing (www.hiscrownedjewel.com) and enjoying one-on-one time with sisters In Christ... it is a most treasured gift. She also enjoys fellowship, and any type of sport activity or adventure. Through the Amazing Power and Grace of God, "In Him she lives and moves and has her being". Acts 17:2

     

    Find out more about the ministries Rachel is involved with: http://fbcoronado.com/get-involved/ministries


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  • Bobby greer, maintenance lead

    Bobby has served at First Baptist in various capacities over the years. He currently serves as Maintenance Lead, and with the worship team.


    Bobby accepted Christ in his early teens. He grew up singing with his family in the church choir. He joined the Navy at the age of 17, and served 20 years. The Navy brought him to San Diego, and ultimately to First Baptist Church. 


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  • SHEERAH Haywood, WORSHIP LEADER

    Sheerah is honored to be the Worship Leader for FBC. She has played the piano since she was 8 and has always loved singing.


    When she's not singing and playing the piano, you can find her cleaning pools around town with her dad. She's also a freelance copywriter and wedding/portrait photographer. Sheerah is a Coronado native, a 1997 CHS grad, and her kids are the 3rd generation to go through Coronado Schools. Sheerah and her husband Stephen live close to church where they raise their three kiddos and feline family. She's on the board for Coronado Little League and Coronado Youth Softball and enjoys being involved in the local community. 


    Sheerah loves to chat and make new friends, so stop by the piano after the service and say hello!


    Email Sheerah Haywood

  • Nik ives, sound and Media

    Nik has found his niche serving the Lord at FBC, hidden in the sound booth at the back of the church.

     

    Nik moved to Coronado in 2012 to start a retail precious metals and safe deposit business with a long-time friend. Previous to this he was an advertising agency executive in New York City for many years. Nik surrendered his life to Christ in 1998, partly due to the crash of Swissair Flight 111 on September 2, 1998. 


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  • thomas joy, leadership team leader

    Thomas Joy has served on the FBC Leadership Team since 2017. He has been married to Cathy for 31 years and they have two boys 17 and 19. Tom earned his B.S. in Psychology from San Diego Christian College (Formerly Christian Heritage College), and is currently pursuing his M.Div. from The Master's Seminary. 

     

    "I'm humbled to have the privilege of serving on the FBC Leadership Team because Christ has promised to build his church (Matthew 16:18) and Christ has established himself as its foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11). Additionally, the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:8-11, church leaders are God's agents in building the church, according to First Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-8 and First Timothy 2:11-12."

     

    Tom is available to speak with and encourage others who have a desire to get involved on the FBC Leadership Team.

     

    Tom and Cathy and their boys also have the privilege of serving at Father Joe's Villages.    

  • FITZHUGH LEE, ADULT class teacher, church treasurer

    Fitz Lee serves FBC as the Adult Sunday School ministry lead and as Treasurer of the church. He has served in lay ministry for over 30 year and has been married to his wife, Agathe, for the last 25 of them.  

     

    Fitz retired from the Navy in August 2017 after a 24-year career where he and Agathe led and ministered to men, women, and families in the Naval Aviation community, both at home and abroad. He and Agathe are the proud parents of three boys, Nick, Tom, and Henry. Fitz also serves on the Board of YoungLife Coronado, a local chapter of the international youth ministry, YoungLife.


    When not serving his family, church, and community, Fitz can be found flying the friendly skies as a pilot with American Airlines.


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    Find out more about the ministries Fitz is involved with: http://fbcoronado.com/get-involved/ministries   

  • jon lower, Leadership Team member

    Jon came to the Lord when he was in high school.  He graduated from Biola University, and then worked in Los Angeles before returning to San Diego.  He taught school five years, then went to seminary and was in ministry for three years.  He has been working as a handyman for the last 20 years and is the process of retiring. 

     

    Jon and Patsy have been married for 25 years.  They have two grown children, Kelsey and Karina, a son-in-law, and one grandson.  He and Patsy lead Financial Peace University seminars at the church – a nine-week course on financial freedom.  He is involved in Adult Sunday School, and helps with maintenance.


    Email Jon Lower

  • Dan Malcolm, Leadership Team Member, 

    VIP Ministry Leader, Men’s Ministry Leader   

    Dan and his wife Nicole are regular attending members of First Baptist Church of Coronado and are active in several ministries of the church. They are also involved in Bible Study Fellowship, where Nicole has served in various leadership roles for over a decade and currently serves as Teaching Leader.

     

    Dan Malcolm is President of Malcolm Properties, a downtown San Diego full service commercial real estate firm specializing in the brokerage, development and investment of commercial properties in the Western United States. He also maintains a separate law practice specializing in commercial real estate contract, transactional, entitlement and land use law.

     

    Dan serves as Port Commissioner on the San Diego Unified Port District Board and has previously served on numerous other public and private boards. Dan has also served as Chairman of Sharp Coronado Hospital and on the master Board of Directors for Sharp Healthcare.

     

    Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and real estate from San Diego State University Business School awarded in 1989 and was also awarded a Juris Doctorate of Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1996. 

     

    Dan has been married to his wife, Nicole, for 23 years and they have 3 children: Zachary (22), Athena (20) and Tatum (17). The Malcolm’s have resided in Imperial Beach for over 20 years and maintain an active outdoor beach and ocean oriented lifestyle.

     

    Find out more about the ministries that Dan is involved with: http://fbcoronado.com/get-involved/ministries


    Email Dan Malcolm

  • monica medina, convalescent ministry

    Monica loves to spread God's love and see people smile! She has been volunteering in many different organizations since high school. At FBC, she has formed the Convalescent Ministry with Donna Beiriger. Convalescent Ministry visits different nursing homes throughout the San Diego county - spreading God’s love by visiting the residents. Each visit is different with different activities - singing, dancing, sharing stories and hugs. They hand out handmade cards, stuffed animals and sometimes have a manicure table or an arts and crafts table. Fred Snider plays the violin for the residents. They are always looking for volunteers to come spread God's love. This is a family ministry that is open to all ages.

     

    Monica also serves as a softball coach/mentor and has been coaching in the South Bay for 26 years. She also volunteers with:

    * Project Compassion - medical missionary in USA,  Mexico and Africa

    * Helping Hands Orphanage- Malawi, Africa. Donate every summer 300-500 sandals, tooth brushes, hats and wipes

    * Angel Tree Prison Ministry

    * TLC ministry- (TOTALLY LIVING FOR CHRIST)- nursing home, orphanage, and homeless ministry in USA, Mexico, Africa


    Email Monica Medina

  • Laura Stecher, Children’s Ministry