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Meet Our Pastors

Dale Christian, Senior Pastor

What can you tell us about your family?

I have been married to my wife Teresa since July 3, 1982 (she is awesome, you’d like her!) We have a daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Brett Albertini. We also have a son, Chad, and daughter-in-law, Melissa. They are all great and love God!

How long have you served in Troy?

I came to FBC as Lead Pastor in August of 1999. We have seen God do some amazing things here in Troy! I was an Assistant Pastor in Danville, IN for 7 years and a Lead Pastor in Ft. Wayne, IN for 12 years prior to coming to FBC, Troy.

What is your passion?

Helping people understand the Word of God so they can live it! I like to preach “Truth applied!” I like to do this through preaching, teaching, and counseling. I view counseling as in-depth discipleship; helping people apply God’s Word to a specific area of need as well as helping them to grow in all areas of life.

What do you like to do when you are not hangin’ out at the church?

I love the outdoors. I enjoy hunting and fishing. I run and lift weights…(to try to stay fit, not win any competitions!) My very favorite thing to do is to spend time with my wife.

Where did you go to school?

I went to Hinckley Elementary School in Hinckley, OH until 4th grade. We moved to Brunswick and I went to Crestview Elementary. I graduated from Brunswick High and Cedarville College (now University). I also graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA with a Master’s of Ministry. I have been a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC) since 1990.


Doug Magin, Associate Pastor of Connection Ministries

Family:

I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Carol since 1971. We have four wonderful children and three wonderful sons-in-law – Jon, Shari (Joel), Susan (Kent) and Jennifer (Jarid) – and six awesome grandchildren – Katie, Kenzie, Landon, Carter, Keegan and Jax. All of us live within a 30 mile radius of Troy and gather as a family every holiday and every Friday evening that we can.

Time on staff at FBC:

I came to FBC directly from seminary in 1972 to be Minister of Christian Education and Youth. In 1996 my ministry was broadened to that of Associate Pastor.

Childhood:

I grew up with my parents, one older brother and one older sister (Yes. I was the proverbial “spoiled baby” in the family. At least that’s what my siblings always said). We lived on a small farm in rural, fruit growing, up-state New York (Rochester area). The small Baptist church just a block away was a regular and important part in our lives. It was wonderful.

Favorite Bible Verse:

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV

Favorite Saying:

Keep on keeping on. 1 Thessalonians 4:1

Favorite Music:

You will find quiet inspirational, instrumental music playing in the background of my office almost continually. I also enjoy Sousa marches and patriotic music.

Favorite Books:

The Little Engine that Could, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. (I guess my childhood had a big impact on me.)

Hobbies:

Yard work, aquatics, walking and research.

Passion:

Being used by God to help others grow in their relationship with Him.

Education & Training:

  • Wayne Central High School, Ontario Center, NY, with a love for math and science
  • Master of Arts from Houghton College, Houghton, NY, with major in Religion and minor in math
  • Master of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, with a major in Christian Education
  • Doctor of Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN, with a major in helping people and churches through times of change.
  • Training as a Biblical counselor with The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC)
  • Executive Associate with Word of Life (Schroon Lake, NY)

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