senior pastor

michael whittle

Michael has been our Senior Pastor since June 2019.  He and he his wife, Amber, have been married since 1998 and have three children.  Michael has been in full-time ministry since 1997.  He graduated from Bay City High School, East Texas Baptist University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in many areas of the church including worship, student, and discipleship pastor.  He and his family served 4 years with the IMB overseas in South Asia.  There he learned the importance of discipleship and prayer in having a healthy church.  Michael enjoys spending time with family, eating Mexican food and anything out of the ocean, video games with the kids and music. He roots hard for the Cowboys and Longhorns so he’s familiar with disappointment. 

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associate pastor of music and education

Tim waechter

Tim began his ministry in 1982 by serving churches in west, north and central Texas as a bi-vocational minister of music. In 2001 he began serving in full-time ministry as Minister of Music in Yoakum, Texas before moving to Devine, Texas where he served for eight and one-half years. He came to Port Lavaca as not only our Associate Pastor of Music but also Education in September 2011. His primary social presence is Facebook. Tim will tell you that he rarely posts anything, but he does follow several people. He is currently the Vice-President and member of the "Singing Men of South Texas." Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Church Music in 1985 from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1988-1992. He is married to Gail, a piano teacher, and they have four children, Mitchell, Matthew, Micah, and Miranda. Tim loves to play golf & has been participating in fantasy football since 1990/91.

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associate pastor of youth  and families

kODY KIRK

Kody Kirk joined the staff of FBC Port Lavaca in February of 2020 where he currently serves as Youth Pastor. He has a passion to meet teens where they are and challenge them to seek God. He met his wife in 2017 and was married in 2018. Kody loves to watch and play basketball. He is an avid Dallas Mavericks and Arizona Cardinals fan. He loves to spend time with his wife. They enjoy music, movies, most sports, teaching and sharing God's Word, and helping students grow in and live out their faith.

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financial secretary

susan cooper

Susan Cooper is the financial secretary at First Baptist Church Port Lavaca.  She joined the staff in January 1990.  She is responsible for all the church’s financial data. Susan is married to Cliff Cooper and they have three children:  Yvette and her husband Mike, Bobby and his wife Dallas, and Andrew and his wife Katie. They have been blessed with 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Susan enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and traveling.  Some of Susan’s favorite things are turtles, purple, and Dr. Pepper.  Susan taught the kindergarten Sunday school class for 25 years and considered it a joy!  If Susan is not in her office at the church, she can probably be found in the church kitchen!

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ministry assistant

cynthia barecky

Cynthia Barecky is the receptionist and church clerk at First Baptist Church Port Lavaca.  Cynthia joined the staff in 2001.  She has taught in different areas of Sunday School and is one of the soundboard operators.  She and her husband, David, have been married since 1995.  Together they have 5 children and 16 grandchildren.  Most days it’s Cynthia’s smile that will welcome you when you walk into the church office. 

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custodian

martin villa

Martin Villa is the custodian at First Baptist Church Port Lavaca.  Martin joined the staff in 1989.  Martin married his wife, Martha, on July 4, 1993.  They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.  In his spare time he enjoys fishing.  You can usually find Martin somewhere around the church singing and whistling.