Born and raised in Bermuda, Wayne met his future wife, Barb, at Philadelphia College of the Bible. They were married in 1978 and have five children: Stephen, Tim (Samantha), Heather (Chris), Jonathan, and Meghan (Zach) and four grandchildren. As a family they enjoy sporting activities, games and reading.
Wayne graduated from PCB in 1979 with a B.Sc. in Bible and Christian education. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Grace Theological Seminary in 1983. Wayne served as pastor/teacher and Christian school administrator at Albion (NJ) Bible Church from 1982 to 1987; Calvary Bible Church, East Stroudsburg, PA, from 1988 to 1990; the Evangelical Church of Bermuda from 1990 to 1991; and Faith Evangelical Bible Church (NC) from 1991 to 1998. The Lowes moved to Cincinnati in August 1998 after Wayne was called to serve as senior pastor at FBC.
One of Wayne’s special interests is teaching Bible and theology classes here at Faith Bible Church. He has additional experience teaching and lecturing at the Asian Christian Academy in Bangalore, India, and teaching at PCB’s New Jersey campus.
Rick was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and attended Bowling Green State University (OH). There he met Melissa, and they were married in January 1993. Rick and Melissa served for 13 years on the staff of Student Venture, the high school outreach of Cru, where Rick served most recently as the Cincinnati Metro Director.
He worked as associate pastor of administration at FBC from 2006 to 2011, at which time he and his family moved to Kandern, Germany. While there, Rick taught in the high school Bible Department at Black Forest Academy. He rejoined the FBC as an interim youth pastor in September 2013. As Executive Pastor, his current responsibilities include Staff Leadership, Small Groups, Connections, Communications, Child Protection, and Administration.
Rick and Melissa have four children, and as a family they enjoy swimming, bike rides, the Zoo, and Kings Island. Rick enjoys golf, running, PB&J, and Sunday afternoon naps.
Along with his wife Catherine and son Elijah, Mark moved to Cincinnati in March 2014 to serve the youth and families of FBC. A graduate of Geneva Reformed Seminary (MDiv) and Bob Jones University (M.A. Theology), Mark most recently served as campus pastor/ministry intern at University Baptist Church in Clemson, SC, along with serving as a chaplain and volunteer for the fire department at Clemson University.
"My burden for ministry is discipleship," says Mark. He desires that students will own their own faith and pursue spiritual growth, not just look to adults to do the “spiritual” work. He particularly enjoys meeting with students one-on-one to share Scripture with them.
Mark dabbles in music and photography, loves the outdoors, and enjoys any and all time spent with his wife and three sons (Elijah, Gabriel, and Roman).
Matthew is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), Miami University (Ohio) (MBA), and Transylvania University (BA). He and his wife, Leah, were married in 2005 and were part of FBC before moving to Louisville for seminary. Most recently, Matthew worked for Ward Group in Cincinnati as an analyst and management consultant for 8 years.
Matthew and Leah have 4 children: Seth, Emma, Luke, and Ellie. Matthew desires to be poured out for the cause of the gospel and the people of FBC in the relentless pursuit of faith and Christlikeness for God’s glory. He loves teaching the Bible and helping people understand how God’s eternal truths impact how we are to think and live in the present, always looking towards the hope of the resurrection. He loves reading, sports, running, and spending as much time as possible with Leah and the kids.
Our newest addition to the pastoral team is Buck Wardle. Before coming to Cincinnati in October 2018, Buck had been the founding and lead pastor at Christ’s Church in Martinsville, Virginia since 1994. He and his wife Laurie have been married for over 30 years and have three adult children who are all married and walking with the Lord.
“I love helping people connect with God through His Word, as well as deepen in their relationships with one another through Gospel-centered community. I love bringing the Word to bear, whether teaching publicly, leading a small group discussion, or
counseling/mentoring one on one.”
James joined the staff of FBC in January 2016. He graduated from Taylor University with a BA in Music Theory/Composition in 1990. He has served as a worship leader and music director for several churches and through an association with the National Bible Bee (2010-2015), James had the opportunity to write hundreds of Scripture Memory songs used by students throughout the country. He and his wife Kristen have led several community choirs providing musical opportunities for kids, youth, and adults. He also has a private music studio in Lebanon, OH, where he teaches piano, drums, and theory/composition to 30 plus students each week.
James and Kristen were married in 1991 and currently live in Lebanon, OH. They have seven children: Kaity (Luke), Josiah, Jake, Abby, Evvy, Josh, and Jovan.
The Board of Elders is the chief executive body of the church, responsible for the spiritual life of the fellowship and the conduct of its business. All major decisions are made by the Elders with non-voting input from the congregation. In recent years, the Board of Elders has been comprised of approximately 12-16 men who serve three-year terms. For more information about the Elders, see Servant Leadership Teams.
Deacons are entrusted with overseeing and nurturing the Care Ministries of Faith Bible Church, including administering the Benevolence Fund. They partner with the Elders in their shepherding role for FBC families and individuals, with a focus on care ministry. For more information about the Deacons, see Servant Leadership Teams.
The Board of Trustees at Faith Bible Church serve as custodians for the building and grounds. This includes routine maintenance and emergency repairs. For more information about the Trustees, see Servant Leadership Teams.
The Finance Committee supervises the handling of all FBC monies — collecting and disbursing funds, keeping related books and records, executing contracts, preparing the annual budget, and auditing. The Finance Committee is composed of two Elders (one of whom is the Chair of the Finance Commission of the Board of Elders), a Trustee, and the Church Treasurer. Each member serves for a renewable term of one year.
FBC has a history of excellent financial accountability and responsibility. A key part of this is the open annual calendar-year budget — derived from budget requests by staff, boards, and ministry heads; approved by the Board of Elders; included in the annual report; shared with the congregation in topline fashion throughout the year; and available for legitimate inquiry at all times.
Not listed are our many hard-working Ministry Heads and other volunteer leaders, without whom FBC could not function.
Our Constitution and By-Laws provide more detail about how FBC is governed.