The Team

Here to serve you and our community.

Frank Brand

Senior Pastor

Frank Brand serves as our Pastor. He is best described by his life’s purpose statement- “I exist to glorify God by sharing the hope found in Christ though my lifestyle and influence.” He and his wife Jennifer and their four children have been ministering at First Baptist Estero since 2004.

Carissa Yarnell

children’s director

Carissa Yarnell serves as our Children’s Director and is part of our administration team. Carissa has a love for Children and making sure they know they are loved by a great God. She also serves as part of our Administration team. Her and her family have been at First Baptist Estero since 2013.

Stephanie Hunt


Stephanie Hunt is a part of our Administration team. Stephanie has been given the gift of hospitality and enjoys using her talents to reach out to our church and community through all kinds of events. She and her husband Greg have been attending First Baptist Estero since…..

Amy Magsig

worship leader

Amy and her three boys have been attending First Baptist Estero since 2018.  In addition to leading worship, she is the Director of Bands at SFCA.  

Dennis (Denny) Sutphen

Director of Adult Discipleship

Dennis (Denny) Sutphen and his wife, Cathy, have become active members of First Baptist Estero since moving to Estero in early 2020.  Denny is an Ordained Deacon through the Southern Baptist Convention.  Retired for a number of years, he now enjoys church service, golf, is on his HOA board, tries to stay fit and he and Cathy love to lounge in the pool.

Meet your Deacons

Randy Beasley

Randy and his wife, Holly, along with their two young adult children have attended FBCE since 2009.  Randy is a computer programmer with a healthcare company.  Randy can be described as a thrill-seeker, always looking for adventure.

Mark Eckert

Mark D. Eckert and his wife, Suzanne, moved here from New Jersey and have been members of FBCE since 2018. Mark is employed servicing the restaurant industry, loves spending time with family and loves God’s Word.

Barry Futch

Barry and his wife, Amanda, have been attending First Baptist Estero since approximately 2006. They have served as needed in the areas of youth, music, teaching, and pulpit supply. Their desire is to reach Estero with the Gospel and strengthen, encourage, and comfort others.

Jeff Leasure

Jeff and his wife Sharon moved  to Estero in 1984 from PA.  They have attended FBCE since 2005.  Jeff enjoys music, woodworking, and spending time with the grandchildren. 

Tom Ottle

Deacon Chairman

Tom and his wife, Margaret, retired here from Memphis, TN.  They have been attending First Baptist Estero since 2014.  Tom enjoys playing golf, spending time with his family and studying the Bible.