Jason Karr, Pastor of Education & Membership
Jason is one of the two staff pastors who have served in the capacity of senior pastor at another church. He came to Riverbend after two-and-a-half years as senior pastor at North Peninsula Baptist Church in Ormond-by-the-Sea (a church, incidentally, which was started several years ago as a mission of Riverbend). He previously served three years at Skycrest Baptist Church in Clearwater, Fla., first as minister to students and later as interim pastor.
In his role at Riverbend, Jason is responsible for the church's educational ministries, including Riverbend Academy (classical Christian school), the Promise Land (daily pre-school), and the curriculum for Bible Fellowship Groups.
Jason, who was saved by God's grace as a boy through the witness of his family and church, is a 1984 graduate of Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) High School, where he was valedictorian of his class. He surrendered to God's call to the gospel ministry while a student at Stetson University in DeLand. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stetson in 1988. Then it was off to Dallas (Tex.) Theological Seminary, where he also graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1993 with the Master of Theology degree.
He is married to the former Donna Boyett, a former teacher at Riverbend Academy who is active in the church's music ministry. They have four sons and a daughter.