Leadership

Senior Pastor

Paul D. Rebert is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church. Paul grew up in Winchester, Virginia, and met his wife, Beth, while teaching in Indiana. He and Beth have three children: Breleigh, Remington, and Kylie.

It is my privilege to serve my Savior as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Danville. It is my desire to shepherd people to God-glorifying relationships with their Creator which is made possible only through the transforming power of the gospel of Christ. I want people to see from my life that a relationship with Christ is a treasure that brings a joy far greater than the treasures of this world. It is my desire that each member of First Baptist Church and those in the city of Danville would exist to exalt Christ by loving the Lord with everything within them and loving others as themselves. Through God’s grace, it is these dear people and this mission I am given to.

Pastor Rebert is firmly committed to the expository method of preaching, believes God’s glory is the purpose for our existence, and recognizes discipleship as God’s plan for the church.

Spanish Pastor

Israel Menez joined the team at First Baptist as Spanish Pastor in 2012 after having left to serve as a national pastor in Mexico two years ago. He has a heart for the lost and is a passionate preacher of God’s Word. Pastor Menez attended Bible Institute and graduated in 2008. He was ordained in 2010, then served as the pastor of Iglesaia Bautista Maranatha in Mexico. He and his wife, Rosa, have four children: Abbigail, Joel, Esther, and Israel.

Seniors’ Pastor

Pastor Phil Neumann began his ministry at First Baptist on June 1, 2014. He retired from being a senior pastor in April of 2013 after 37 years of ministry. His first pastorate was at Grape Creek Baptist Church in Danville, where he served for 11 years from 1976 to 1987. He then moved to Taylorville, IL where he served as the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church for nearly 26 years, from 1987 to 2013. God blessed Pastor Neumann and his wife, Betty, with three children. Their two daughters, Lisa and Laura, were ushered into the the presence of the Lord in 1990. Their son, Daniel, and his wife, Jenny, along with their grandson, Jason, live in Georgia. Pastor Neumann’s areas of ministry include overseeing First Baptist’s Legacy Builders group, counseling, visitation, and pulpit supply.

Student Pastor

Mike VerWay is the youth pastor at First Baptist Church. He is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and enjoys fishing, basketball and tennis, and playing the oboe. He met his wife, Lauren, while studying together at Bob Jones University.

As the youth pastor at First Baptist Church, I am blessed to work with the youth group and children’s ministries. I desire to point children and teens towards Jesus by teaching the Bible and providing a living example for them to follow. Although reaching children and teens through Wednesday night youth group, gym nights, and other special activities is a very important part of our youth ministry, I am most excited about sharing God’s Word them. I firmly believe that the Bible works in the lives of teens and children, and I am looking forward to seeing growth and change in lives here at First Baptist.