Tampa First Church             Nazarene

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 a  MULTICULTURAL  church FAMILY unified in JESUS CHRIST and HIS  Work

LOVE         GROW         SERVE


Pastoral Leadership

Interim Pastor ~ Pastor Lebron Fairbanks  (pastor.lebron.fairbanks@tampabay.rr.com)

  • Pastor LeBron Fairbanks (born July 27, 1942 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a retired American ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene who is President emeritus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, President emeritus of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, and who served the Church of the Nazarene as the Education Commissioner from March 2008 to September 2011.[1] Additionally, Fairbanks was an editor in the Church Schools Department of the Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Missouri; Academic Dean of European Nazarene Bible College in Busingen, Germany (1978–1982); Associate Professor of Christian Education and Lay Ministry Development, and Coordinator of the Master of Ministry program at Bethany Nazarene College (1982–1984); the 2nd President of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in Taytay, Rizal, the Philippines from September 1984 to July 1989; and the 5th President of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in Mount Vernon, Ohio for over 17 years from July 1989 until his retirement on January 31, 2007

ADMINISTRATIVE PASTOR ~ John Teter (pastor.john.teter@tampabay.rr.com)

  • Pastor John is a native of Florida and grew up in Punta Gorda.  After serving four years in the Air Force, he was discharged in 1965. Pastor John received a B.S. in Business Administration at Trevecca Nazarene University and an M.B.A. at the University of Tennessee.  He taught at TNU, Trevecca Nazarene University and later at St. Petersburg College.  During this time, God called home his faithful wife of twenty years, Geraldine. In May 1995, Pastor John was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene.  He has been blessed with his second wife, Dolores. They have three grown children; Jonnette and Russ, Carla and Bobby and David and two grandchildren. Pastor John and Dolores enjoy traveling and visiting their grandchildren and family.

     "We are a MULTICULTURAL family." We are a diverse family from many different nations and cultures using three different languages: English, Spanish and French Creole.  While we value the diversity and attempt to blend the different cultures into our worship and community life, we are committed to being Christians.  Galatians 3:28 describes this unity in diversity; "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female.  For you all are one in Christ Jesus."

  "We are a CHRISTIAN people." Jesus Christ is the foundation and focus of everything we do.  Our mission is to help people know and grow in Christ.  We are committed to offering the hope of Jesus Christ to all people regardless of their background, past or present life struggles.   We desire to join in ministry with all people and churches that lift up the name of Jesus Christ.

     "We are a HOLINESS people."  When we submit our lives totally to Jesus Christ He fills our hearts and directs our lives with His Spirit.  His holiness fills our lives which results in a consuming love for God and others.  Our mission is to help people love God and others.

     "We are a MISSIONAL people." Our mission is Jesus' mission.  He came to offer God's abundant life to every person.  Our mission is to help people serve the church, community and world.  This mission begins in our families; it extends to our neighbors, the community around the church, Tampa Bay and the world. We support missionaries and missions around the world.


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