Church Staff

Pastor Chris Rottenberger


Senior Pastor and Worship Leader

Pastor Chris Rottenberger accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1971.

He graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, and also from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX, in 1981. Pastor Chris received a MRE degree, concentrating on Theology, Church Music, and Religious Education.

Pastor Chris has been in the ministry since 1976 and has served churches in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and the Cayman Islands.

Pastor Chris and his wife, Sherry Dale, have been at First Baptist since June 22, 2003. They were married in August 1974. The Rottenberger's have two grown children: Dorinda and Reuben, and two grandchildren, Evan and Hannah Grace.

Thereasa Smith


Youth Minister

Thereasa Smith accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in June of 1976.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Detroit in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 She has been married to Howard Smith, one of our deacons, for 28 years. She is the mother of four boys, John Smith (27 yrs.), Joshua Smith (25yrs.), James Smith (23 yrs.), and Jacob Smith (15 yrs.); and the grandmother of two beautiful girls.

 Thereasa taught in a Christian school from 1995 to 1999, and then made the decision to homeschool. She has been homeschooling for 16 years, and continues to homeschool their youngest son, Jacob.

Thereasa has been in the ministry since 1990, when she first started teaching Sunday school. She was the Awana Commander and VBS Director at FBC Debary for the last 13 years. She has worked in the ministry with nursery age through adults, and she currently leads a Ladies Bible Study.

Thereasa was called to the Youth Ministry at FBC Debary in August of 2015. Although she is in the process of completing her formal training for the ministry, God has used her years of experience under sound Bible teaching to help her minister to the youth, and He is continuing to bless this ministry as she gives it all to Him. 

Jennifer Bell


Administrative Assistant

Jennifer grew up in Suffern, Rockland County, NY. Jennifer and her husband of 15 years, Andrew, moved to Florida in 2010. Jennifer is the mother of two daughters, Alyssa and Cassidy. Jennifer has several cats and her favorite cats are Cakey, Cat, and the baby, Dewey.

Jennifer Bell found her way to First Baptist Church of DeBary in 2014 when her daughter invited her to church. The previous youth pastor talked with Jennifer about Christ and after searching the scriptures and getting questions answered she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior in the fall of 2014.

Jennifer became the Administrative Secretary of our church in 2015. She also serves in various areas of the church including the the youth department and Vacation Bible School. Jennifer enjoys being a member of the First Baptist Church of DeBary and finds the church a very friendly place where the members are loving and caring.