Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Joe Ferreira

Senior Pastor

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

Nick Burke

Worship Pastor

Bio...

Nick Burke has been serving as our Worship Pastor since 2018. He has been serving in ministry since 2000, having served 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 have two young daughters, Madison and Ella.

Josh Forester

Josh Forester

Youth Pastor

Bio...

Josh Forester has been serving as our You Pastor since March of 2021. He leads our REALife Student Ministry with a passion to see discipleship and spiritual growth in our students.

Josh graduated from Midwestern Baptist College where he met his wife, Angela. They were married in July 2013 and have two beautiful daughters, Emma and Evelyn. Josh and Angela traveled in ministry for over 8 years before coming off the road to work in youth ministry.

Together they enjoy a good Marvel movie, working on projects around the home, and playing with their dog Genevieve.

Alicia Burke

Alicia Burke

Children's Director

Bio...

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 15 years.

Alicia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a 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

George Nester

Facilities Director

Bio...

George Nester is our facilities director and a long-time member of Baptist Temple. He also teaches our Adult Bible Class (Sunday School) and fills in for our Pastor throughout the year.

He and his wife have two married daughters and many grandchildren.

Gwen Beckner

Gwen Beckner

Financial Secretary

Bio...

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 is married to Tom, and together they have 2 children and many grandchildren.

Gwen and Tom enjoy spending time at home reading, sitting on their back deck watching nature, and taking vacations.

Janet Martin

Janet Martin

Church Secretary

Bio...

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, doing yard work, and gardening.

We’re thrilled to have Janet as part of our team!

Kara DeBoard

Kara DeBoard

Janitorial Staff

Bio...

Kara’s bio coming soon…

Sharon Tackaberry

Sharon Tackaberry

Janitorial Staff

Bio...

Sharon’s bio coming soon…