Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
Pastor Joe Ferreira and his wife Darcie moved to Connersville in October of 2017, after accepting the call to serve at Baptist Temple. It was a long way from Tampa, Florida, where they served their last church for over 20 years. Joe and Darcie have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Jason and Justin.
Pastor Joe’s hobbies include hunting and working on their home. He and Darcie enjoy going to flea markets where they buy old things and refurbish them. Syfy movies also make the list of things they both enjoy.
Pastor Joe is a gifted speaker and teacher. God has been using him in a great way to help our Baptist Temple family grow in our understanding of God’s Word.
Nick Burke has been serving as our Worship Pastor since 2018. He has almost 20 years of full-time ministry experience including working in children’s ministry, youth ministry, and the last 15 years in worship ministry.
Nick grew up in sunny Florida and moved to Lynchburg, VA in 2003 to earn his bachelors degree in Music and Religion from Liberty University.
While at Liberty, he sang with a traveling ministry team, the Sounds of Liberty. It was on Sounds that he met his wife, Alicia. They were married in 2007 and together they have two young daughters, Madison and Ella.
Youth and Outreach Pastor
Nick Buthman joined our team as our new Youth and Outreach Pastor in August of 2019. He leads our REALife Student ministry and our Bus and Van Ministry at Temple. We’re very excited to have him serve with us!
Nick is a graduate of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Ashley, were married in 2017 and were serving in the Detroit area before coming to Connersville.
Together they have two dogs and a baby boy due in the spring of 2020!
Alicia Burke began serving as our Children’s Director in 2019. She has many years of experience in Children’s Ministry and has served in ministry alongside her husband, Nick, for over a decade.
Alicia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Human Services Counseling with a cognate in Marriage and Family from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Alicia and Nick have two daughters, Madison and Ella. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys crafting, spending time with family, traveling, anything Disney and playing with her dog, Lily.
George Nester is our facilities director and a long-time member of Baptist Temple. He also teaches our Auditorium Adult Sunday School class and fills in for our Pastor throughout the year.
He and his wife have two married daughters and many grandchildren.
Gwen has served as our financial secretary for almost 40 years. She is also involved in the ministries of AWANA and the church nursery. She was saved as a child and is a charter member of Baptist Temple.
She is married to Tom, and together they have 2 children, Tiffany and Troy. Their daughter Tiffany is married to Sam Tuttle and is a nurse, together they have two children. Their son Troy is married to Stephanie and is a chaplain at a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. Troy and Stephanie have 7 children, 3 grandsons, & 1 granddaughter with 1 more on the way.
Gwen and Tom enjoy their time at home reading, sitting on their back deck watching nature, and taking vacations. Tom also enjoys gardening and Gwen cooks and preserves what he grows.
Janet joined the staff at Baptist Temple in April of 2010 and provides administrative support to the church staff and its ministries.
She is a native of Connersville and has spent most of her life here. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, yard work, and gardening.
We’re thrilled to have Janet as part of our team!
Kara’s bio coming soon…
Sharon’s bio coming soon…