Grace Baptist Church
- Phone: (239) 772-1400
- Mailing Address: 1300 Ceitus Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33991
Tom has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. His major field of study was Baptist Theology. He has been an adjunct professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in their SW Florida extension and has also taught systematic theology and pastoral theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, respectively. He is also a Teaching Fellow at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries, an organization committed to reformation and revival in local churches. He edits the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written numerous articles for journals and magazines. He is a regular contributor to TableTalk. He has also edited and contributed to several books. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries in addition to writing for the Founders Blog and Examiner.com. He also blogs at tomascol.com
Tom enjoys riding motorcycles and, though he currently is "in between bikes," lives with the hope that one day he will have his own Harley. He and Donna have ten children, including 3 sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law. They also have ten grandchildren.
Jared serves as Associate Pastor of Grace Baptist Church. A born-and-raised-Floridian, he lived in Central Florida before moving to Southwest Florida to finish a BS degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received an Mdiv degree and a PhD in Biblical Spirituality. Jared also serves as the Vice President of Founders Ministries. He and his wife, Heather, have five children, four boys (Hudson, Fuller, Winslow and Ryle) and two girls (Livia and Scarlett).
Jared likes reading, coffee, and taking his wife out on dates. He grew up playing sports and played baseball in college. Although his glory days are behind him, he still enjoys the occasional pick up game. Events from the glory days may appear larger in the mirror than they really are. You can follow his blog at jaredlongshore.com
Don Kiah and his wife Rita retired to Florida from Maryland in 2012. They have been married for 33 years, have two children and three grandchildren. Their primary desire after arriving in Florida was to find a home church. After praying that God would direct them to their new church where they could continue to grow through the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine and discipleship and fellowship with a body of believers, they were amazed at the quick confirmation that Grace Baptist was where they needed to be. Don and Rita joined Grace Baptist in April of 2013. Since that time, they have been blessed to lead and be a part of many discipleship opportunities at the church.
Don became a lay elder in April 2017. Don and Rita are thankful, since their relocation, to be in a close proximity and enjoy precious family time with their parents and daughter and youngest grandchild. Don enjoys reading and studying the Word, joining together with other church family for fellowship, and brisk morning walks. He and his wife enjoy their time together and seek to appreciate daily all that God has granted them to be at this place at this time for His glory.
Graham came to Grace Baptist Church as a pastoral intern in August, 2017 and has since transitioned into the role of Pastoral Assistant. Prior to that he lived in Orlando where he worked for Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College. He has a BA in biblical studies from Reformation Bible College and is working toward completing his Mdiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Graham and his wife, Sarah, have been married for two years.
Raised on the North coast (Michigan), Graham and Sarah enjoy spending time outdoors and on the water. Southwest Florida has provided them many opportunities to adventure and explore God’s sub-tropical handiwork. Graham also enjoys reading good literature and theological works, as well as making slow smoked BBQ for his friends to enjoy.
Chris Faro and his wife Becky have been members of Grace Baptist Church for 10 years. They have two children and have lived in Southwest Florida since 2000. God led them to Grace Baptist through a hunger to be part of a church where the Word of God was central in everything and where the preaching and teaching was driven by the Word rather than the ideas of men. Since coming to Grace, Chris has served as a teacher of various age groups, small group leader and is involved in helping to lead the congregation in singing during our worship services. The Faro family has been blessed by how God has worked in their lives during their time at Grace. Chris is a sales manager at a local remodeling company and Becky has home schooled their children from a young age.
Chris became a lay elder at Grace in April of 2019. He enjoys spending time with his family, learning from God's Word, reading good books, music, sports, and teaching. Their family is also a big fan of the various theme parks that Florida offers. They are grateful for the many blessings that God has showered on them through His Son, Jesus Christ.