Our Pastors

Jonathan Lawler | Lead Pastor  jonathan@fbcmtorab.org

Jonathan was called as Lead Pastor in January of 2016 after serving a three month interim at the church.  Prior to that, he and his wife, Tara, served as managers of a Chick-fil-A in Columbus, Ohio.  While living there, they were faithful and active members at Sharon Woods Baptist Church.

Jonathan earned his B.A. from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, and his M.Div. in Biblical Counseling from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was ordained in 2014 while preparing to fully answer the call that God has placed on his life.  His passion is seeing God’s Spirit use His Word to bring about life transformation in His people.

Jonathan enjoys landscaping and going on hikes with Tara.  The two met in middle school and were married in May of 2008.  They have four sons, one of whom went to be with Jesus shortly after he was born.

Sam Greene | Pastor sam.greene@fbcmtorab.org

Before coming to First Baptist Church in Mt. Orab in 2021, Sam served the office of pastor in Florida, Alabama, and Ohio for thirty years and preached the Gospel since his call in 1980. Through the years he traveled abroad preaching in Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Sam also served the Mission Field with First Bible Midsouth helping Unreached People Groups with various Bible translation and publishing projects.

While studying Pastoral Theology at Baptist University of America in Atlanta, Georgia, Sam met Lisa, his college sweetheart. After being married they settled in St. Petersburg, Florida and served a ministry internship. Upon completion he was ordained by Liberty Baptist Church in 1992. The passion of his life is to see souls saved, lives transformed, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ advanced.

Sam enjoys golf, camping, kayaking, and DIY projects. The Lord blessed Sam and Lisa with four children
and they now have eleven grandchildren.

Ed Jones | Pastor ed.jones@fbcmtorab.org

Ed accepted Christ to be his Lord and Savior on September 15th, 1969, just prior to entering basic training for the Army. He served our country a total of six years – three years of active duty, including one year in Vietnam, and three years of inactive duty.

For the past 49 years, Ed has taught both Adult and Children’s Sunday School classes, the last nineteen of those years at First Baptist Church of Mount Orab. On September 8, 1981, Ed was ordained as a deacon at the First Missionary Baptist Church (Batavia, Ohio), and has served faithfully in that role at that church, at Central Baptist Church (Amelia, Ohio), and First Baptist Church (Mount Orab, Ohio). His greatest joy is seeing someone accept Jesus as Lord of their life and to be a part of discipling them to become mature in Christ, in all things glorifying God.

Ed has been married to his wife, Lovinda, for 52 years. God has blessed them with three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Ed enjoys spending time with family and watching sports (especially when his grandchildren are involved!).