Senior Pastor Dustin Ward

Dustin is blessed to be called to ministry here in Maine. After growing up in Presque Isle and graduating from Presque Isle High School in 2006, he stayed local attending the University of Southern Maine. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics.

While in school, he met his wonderful wife Lauren, and they were soon married in 2012. During the same year, Dustin heard the calling of the Lord on his life to enter into ministry, leading him to complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2019. Dustin has worked in a variety of capacities including First Baptist Presbyterian Church in Northshore, MA, Penney Memorial United Baptist Church in Augusta, ME and guest preaching at churches around New England.

Dustin and Lauren both have been overjoyed by the newest addition to their family with 11 month old Bentley, who is a blessing from God to their household.

Michael Shorey - Youth Pastor

Mike is originally from New Hampshire but has resided in Maine for the past 10 years with his wife Megan and their 3 boys. Prior to his time at First Baptist, he spent a number of years involved in Christian camp ministries which led to a passion for working with youth and their families. Mike has a Bachelor's Degree from New England Bible College and is currently the Youth Director at First Baptist. He is currently working on his Master's Degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, focusing on Family Ministries. Mike also coordinates the biannual mission trips to Nicaragua and facilitates new membership.



Valerie Taylor - Elder

Valerie was born and raised in Ohio, where she attended Malone University, graduating with a BA in Social Studies. She has taught in high schools in Ohio and Maine. Val has also been a bookkeeper/registrar and home educated her two children (now adults). She has been a member of First Baptist Church since 2004. Currently, Val serves as an Elder, a member of the current Pastoral Search Committee and is the church's Office Manager.



John Muehleisen - Elder


Nathan Oschner - Elder

Nathan has a passion for discipleship and enjoys helping people understand God’s word in a way that can be effectively applied to their lives. He surrendered his life to Christ at a young age but his college years proved to be highly transformational when the Holy Spirit ignited a passion for the depths of the realities of his relationship with God.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Bridgitte. They have two sons, Theodore (Age 6) and Montgomery (Age 4). They live in North Yarmouth where Nathan helps run a greenhouse operation. Nathan grew up in South Portland and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Landscape Horticulture.

Along with his service in the church, he helps his brother run a non-profit called Living to L.A.S.T. It’s an acronym for their four values: Learn, Act, Serve and Train. The organization seeks to engage men of all ages, in their character, and teach them various trade skills while mobilizing them to participate in local service projects for those in need.


Vacant - Deacon of Worship


Debbe Murphy - Deacon of Caring


Michael Ruetty - Deacon of Stewardship