Meet Our Staff
Dr. Bruce Barton, Senior Pastor
Dr. Bruce Barton, Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church since 2006, is a Biblicist, first and foremost teaching no-nonsense Bible truths with natural humor and illustrations. He is uncompromising with the Word of God. Pastor and Donna have been married for 28 years, meeting at Tennessee Temple University as students, and are parents to three children, Bradley, Brady and Joanna.
Pastor Barton has had successful pastorates in Virginia, Alabama, and North Carolina, before coming to Florida. His vision for Central Baptist Church is large, building upon the great foundations of our church’s 57 year heritage. His strategic leadership has been the facilitator for preparing our church for the future with Biblical soundness for productive ministries. He is the author of “By Faith” a large book on Hebrew’s heroes, and eight booklets in the “Does God Have an Opinion About…” series on the social issues of abortion, homosexuality, social drinking, marriage, modesty, music, pornography, and tattoos.
Rev. Keith Brock, Pastor's Assistant
Keith, a native of Lynn Haven and a 1986 PCCS graduate, recently moved back to the Panama City area after 25 years. He moved away in 1987 to serve our country in the U.S. Air Force. After the military and college, Keith, with Anita his wife and their two year old daughter Kelsi left the States to do mission work in the country of Venezuela. Since then, the Brock family has served the Lord in several Spanish speaking ministries.
Keith and Anita have been blessed with 4 wonderful children: Kelsi, Kaley, Karis, and Keith Daniel. Keith enjoys spending time with his family, wrestling with little Keith, and cooking.
Dr. David Wood, Evangelist
David Wood Ministries began in 1984 after two successful church plants in Michigan and South Carolina. In the last 28 years, over 1.5 million soul-winners have been trained around the world, over 18 million people all over our earth have been won to Christ, and over 2,500 churches have been planted worldwide.
In the United States, more than 1,000 churches are using Operation GO.
Over 28,000 national pastors and leaders have been trained in 47 countries.
David Wood Ministries operates eight international field offices around the world.
In 2012, David Wood Ministries moved their US Ministry headquarters to Panama City, FL with ministry offices, shipping and warehouse on the campus of Central Baptist Church. Dr. Wood works along-side the Pastor in keeping soul-winning and evangelism a high priority of the local church.
Ed Jones, Business Manager
Ed Jones began serving as the Business Manager of Central Baptist Church in April of 2009. He graduated from ICM School of Business in Pittsburgh, PA with a Specialized Business Degree. He serves as our Kids4Truth Director. He desires that children would begin to learn about God at an early age. Ed and his wife, Debbie, were married in 1986.
Bill Crittenden, Worship Ministries
Bill Crittenden began serving as Music Minister of Central Baptist Church in July of 1998. He graduated with a B.S. in Building Construction from the University of Florida in 1984. He and his wife Wanda were married in 1984 and have two sons, Heath and Bret. Music is a vital part of all our ministries and our focus is to provide a musical environment which exalts the name of Christ, encourages the soul of the believer, and prepares the heart for the preaching of God’s word.
John Barton, Custodian
John Barton originally from Ontario, Canada graduated from Bob Jones University in 1965 and has served at Central Baptist Church for 33 years in various capacities including History teacher, senior adult ministries, and Custodian. He and his wife, Mary Lou, have five children; Tamara, Terry, Tricia, Troy, and Tiffany. Affectionately known as "Brother John", he uses I Corinthians 15:10 as a guide for life.