David Schorejs, Pastor
David Schorejs (shore-eyes) grew up in rural Michigan where he learned the value of working hard and caring about others. He was reared in a strong Catholic home and received a wonderful education in Catholic school through the 8th grade. He attended public high school and graduated in 1973. In early 1975, he entered the United States Marine Corps.
He served our great country for 24 years (10 years in the Military Police field and 14 in the Recruiting field). During his military career, he recognized the need to put Jesus first in his life and made some significant spiritual changes. From 1984 through 1999, he served the Marines and his communities simultaneously through active church participation. He retired from the Marines in 1999 at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant.
In 1993, he first moved to the Orlando area as the Central Florida Operations Chief for Marine Corps Recruiting. He fell in love with the Central Florida community and settled here. His final Marine Corps assignment was the Operations Chief Marine Corps Recruiting for Southeastern United States based out of Parris Island SC. When he retired in 1999, he returned to Orlando where he completed his undergraduate work at UCF in May of 2000. In 2004, he received his Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
After the Marines, he was called immediately to serve in the Ministry. From 1999-2014, he served in various pastoral roles. On Easter of 2014, First Baptist Church of Apopka called him to serve as Senior Pastor. Pastor David has led First Baptist to become a community church that believes every individual has value. First Baptist has become a culturally diverse congregation that believes God can change any life to the good – with the right people cheering them toward change.
He is the father of three daughters, grandfather to two grandchildren and great-grandfather to one great-grandson. He was married for 41 years to Diana until her unexpected passing on April 15, 2019. On Feb 19, 2020 Pastor David was wed to Miss Bunnie Acree. Bunnie is a long time member of First Baptist and a former school teacher in the Apopka community. Together, they will faithfully serve the Lord, His church family and this community.
Kevin Kozial, Youth Pastor
Pastor Kevin Kozial has been throwing down pizza and surviving FUEL MINISTRY lock-ins for over nine years while witnessing God’s calling on young people’s lives. Because Jesus alone is “quick and powerful” enough to save, give hope, and ignite an enduring passion for God and His Kingdom, Pastor Kevin (PK) keeps the Word of God at center stage in all FUEL Ministry does.
Kevin is the number one fan of his wife and better half, Stacey, and their three terrific kids: Zack, Kevina, and Calvin. PK also enjoys hunting monster bucks, “Da Packers,” the “Tiny-House Movement,” (how DO they do it?) and playing four-chord praise and worship music on his guitar.
Dr. AC McCann, Deaf Ministry Pastor
Pastor AC received Jesus Christ as his Savior on Halloween night in October of 1971. Since that time, God has allowed him to experience many trials, tribulations, and successes. Through the valleys (struggles) in life, and mountain tops (successful times), HE has never left nor forsaken AC. God walked all the way with Pastor AC and was patient in teaching him about HIS unconditional love and grace. Before he was saved, AC lived the life of a farmer (he still has farming in his heart), then God had other plans for his life. HE called AC into HIS service. Pastor AC never dreamed that his service for HIM would include the deaf world. Because of his wife Wanda’s deafness, God literally “threw” the couple into the deaf world. They learned sign language for Wanda’s sake at first, and then after only two weeks of sign language classes at the Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, God sent AC the first deaf for him to talk with about HIM. That is another story in itself.
Because of my Wanda’s deafness at the time, a deaf ministry was established and AC became the deaf director for Temple Baptist Church in Madison Heights, Va. Then God called Wanda and AC to Tennessee Temple Bible School in Chattanooga, TN in 1976. While at TN Temple, they established a deaf ministry at Lakewood Baptist Church in Harrison, TN until he graduated.
AC is a graduate of Tennessee Temple Bible School and University, Luther Rice Seminary, and Covington Theological Seminary. His degrees are: Thg. in Bible, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Bible, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and Ph.D. Religious Education.
Pastor AC has been privileged to be the pastor to the deaf in Louisville, KY at Faith Baptist Temple, in Orlando, FL at Pine Hills Baptist Church (now known as First Baptist Church of Central Florida), at Dayspring Community Church in Apopka, and currently at First Baptist Church of Apopka. Pastor AC has over 40 years of involvement with the deaf community as a teacher, interpreter, deaf director, and pastor. He spent 26 years in the educational field and is currently the Pastor to the Deaf at First Baptist Church of Apopka, Florida.
AC and Wanda have been married over 45 years. Together, they have four children and ten grandchildren. Pastor AC’s hobbies include his Harley Davidson, surfing the computer, and of course number one … proclaiming Christ and seeking souls for HIM.
Pastor Jon Woods, Worship Leader/Music Ministry Pastor
Pastor Jon Woods has been serving in Worship ministry for the past 20 years, providing leadership in Southern Baptist churches in Illinois and Florida. Taking God’s people from where they are to where He wants them to be is Pastor Jon’s heartbeat, providing leadership and coaching to help God’s people grow personally, professionally and spiritually.
Jon received a Bachelors degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University, an MBA from The University of Tampa and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Dianne, have been married more than 25 years and have been blessed with three wonderful sons: Nikko, Colton and Tucker.