Pastor Michael Harding
Senior Pastor

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Pastor Mike Harding was saved as an eight-year old boy through the bus ministry of Marquette Manor Baptist Church in Chicago and accepted the call to preach at 11. Mike attended Bob Jones University in 1974, and after graduation from BJU, Mike served as youth pastor for six years at Oak Forest Baptist Temple and then went on to accept the call to pastor First Baptist Church of Troy in 1985. Pastor Harding serves on the boards for the Gospel Fellowship Association and Bob Jones University.

Burden: “My greatest concern for our families is that they would continue to develop deep theological convictions and personal values that reflect a consistent commitment to the principles of Scripture in order to positively impact their children and community with the Gospel of Christ. Our post-Christian culture in America has increasingly become more militant in its paganism. The influence of this culture upon our families is pervasive. More than ever there must be a commitment to personal Bible reading, prayer, godly discipline, faithfulness to the NT church, and separation unto God. My task as pastor is to help our families deepen their commitment to Christ, the Bible, and the NT church through the pulpit and teaching ministries of our church, and through the disciple-making ministries of Bethany Christian School, Adult Bible Fellowship, Family Bible Institute, Sunday School, and Expedition clubs.”

Training:

  • Bob Jones University: B.A. Bible
  • Bob Jones University: M.A. Bible
  • Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary: M. Div.
  • Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary: Th.M.
  • Maranatha Baptist Bible College: Honorary Doctor of Divinity (1995)

Years in Ministry: 1985 to present

Family: Mike has been married to his wonderful wife and companion in ministry, Jennifer, for over 30 years. They have four adult children: one son, Luke, and three daughters, Rebecca, Rachel, and Maaike. They also have four grandchildren.

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Pastor Steve Allen
Music Ministries

At an early age, Pastor Steve came to faith in Christ while attending summer camp. When he was only nine years old, he had a desire to go into full time Christian ministry. After graduation from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Pastor Steve earned a Master’s degree in Sacred Music and then joined the staff at First Baptist Church of Troy.

Currently, Pastor Steve oversees all of the music ministries of the church and school as well as the First Baptist Music Academy. His desire is to lead our congregation in corporate worship that is worthy of our holy God and to help develop musicians who will glorify God with their talents by serving with their gifts in the local church.

Training:

  • Maranatha Baptist Bible College: B.S. Music Education & Bible
  • Bob Jones University: M.A. Church Music
  • Bob Jones University: Honorary Doctor of Music (2005)

Years In Ministry: 1979 to present

Family: Steve and Jacqui were married in 1981 and have served side by side in the music ministry all of their married life. They have four adult children and four grandchildren. Jacqui teaches Kindergarten at Bethany Christian School and directs the fifth and sixth grade bands. She also teaches private music lessons, coaches the high school brass ensemble and works as a licensed Kindermusik educator.

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Pastor Preston Bayless
Adult Ministries

Pastor Preston has been involved in pastoral ministry since 1989. He sensed the Lord’s call into full time ministry while still in high school. He received his undergraduate training from Bob Jones University and is in the process of completing a master of divinity degree at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. His desire is to see every member of FBCT maturing in Christ through a proper understanding of Scripture and consistent application of its principles.

Pastor Preston coordinates the adult education ministries at First Baptist Church including the Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings and Family Bible Institute on Wednesday evenings. He also oversees the Fellowship Class for the church’s senior saints and teaches in Bethany Christian School.

Training:

  • Bob Jones University: B.A. Bible
  • Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary: M.Div. (in progress)

Years In Ministry: 1989 to present

Family: Preston and his wife, Carla, were married in June of 1995. Carla grew up in the ministry of FBCT and is a graduate of Bethany Christian School. Carla teaches elementary music in BCS. She also serves as an accompanist and teaches piano and clarinet.

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Pastor Jon Michalek
Young Adult Ministries

Pastor Jon was saved as a young boy and called to preach while in Junior High. He received his undergraduate degree in Bible from Bob Jones University in 2003 and has been on staff at FBCT since graduating. While serving at First Baptist Church of Troy, he earned both his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

Pastor Jon serves as the young adults pastor and teaches Bible in Bethany Christian School. He also oversees the daily operations of the church business office.

Training:

  • Bob Jones University: B.A. Bible
  • Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary: M.Div.
  • Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary: Th.M.

Years In Ministry: 2003 to present

Family: Jon and Janelle have three young children.

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Pastor Mark Nowak
Outreach & Children’s Ministries

During the summer of 1997, Pastor Mark’s children attended vacation Bible school at First Baptist Church of Troy. That week, his daughter, Megan, trusted in Christ for salvation. In the weeks following, members of the congregation made visits with Pastor Mark and his family, sharing the good news of Christ with them. Just a few months later, Pastor Mark came to faith in Jesus Christ as did the rest of his family.

About two years later, as his burden for gospel ministry grew, he resigned from his career at EDS and came to work on staff at FBCT. He completed a Master of Divinity degree from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2008. Today, he oversees the outreach and children’s ministries at the church, including organizing Bible clubs in the local public schools. He also uses his technology background to administrate the on-site networking and computers. His desire is to help our congregation grow in their zeal to share their faith and be effective in their ministry with our children.

Training:

  • Ohio Tech: B.S. Computer Science for Business
  • Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary: M.Div.

Years In Ministry: 2000 to present

Family: Mark and Pam have been married for almost 30 years by God’s grace. After coming to Christ in their adult years, God has done a wonderful work of reconciliation in their marriage. They have two adult children who are faithfully serving the Lord at FBCT.