Staff

David J. Schorejs, Senior Pastor

David@fbcapopka.net

David Schorejs (pronounced “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 Ms. 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

Kevin@fbcapopka.net

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-cord praise and worship music on his guitar.

 

 

Dr. AC McCann, Deaf Ministry Pastor

AC@fbcapopka.net

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 Wanda’s deafness at the time, a deaf ministry was established and AC became the deaf director for Temple Baptist Church in Madison Heights, Virginia. 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 50+ 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 50 years.   Together, they have four children, ten grandchildren, and one great grandson. Pastor AC’s hobbies include his Harley Davidson, surfing the ‘net, and of course number one … proclaiming Christ and seeking souls for HIM.

 

 

Pastor Darrell Loper, Pastor of Administration & Music

Darrell@fbcapopka.net

Pastor Darrell Loper is a native Floridian born in Orlando, FL.  Pastor Darrell met his wife, Andrea, 21 years ago in church at Parkway Baptist in Orlando, FL. and they have been married almost 19 years.  Pastor Darrell and Andrea have a handsome 12-year-old son, Dallas.  Pastor Darrell prayed to receive Christ at the age of seven (7) and accepted the call to Gospel ministry while in college at the University of Central Florida.  Pastor Darrell served as a music intern under his mentor, Craig Stamper, at Parkway Baptist Church in Orlando and later accepted the full-time position as Worship Pastor at Parkway Baptist Church in 2002.  In 2004, he became the Worship Pastor at C3 Church and would go on to serve in multiple ministerial positions at C3.  In 2012, Pastor Darrell accepted a Worship/College Pastor position at Eastpoint Fellowship in East Orlando and then later transitioned into the Executive Pastor role for Eastpoint.  Pastor Darrell has been close friends with Pastor David Schorejs for many years and served with Pastor David at Parkway Baptist and Eastpoint Fellowship.  Pastor Darrell’s passion is to love, serve and share Christ with everyone he meets and he is thrilled to be a part of the ministerial team here at First Baptist as we seek to make a lasting, positive difference in the community of Apopka.