Meet The Staff
Paul Purvis // Lead Pastor
Pastor Paul Purvis was born in Hartsville, South Carolina. He was raised in a strong Christian home and at the age of seven understood the need for a personal, life long relationship with Jesus Christ. During his junior year at Furman University, he responded to God’s vocational call on his life. Although he had served in various church and ministry roles prior to that time, it was after beginning the preparations for a career in politics and law that he realized that God had greater plans for him. The driving passion of his life is to glorify God through loving Jesus and leading the local church to reach its community and the world by providing a ministry that is real, relevant, and relational.
Pastor Paul has been married to Kimberly since 1993 and together they have 4 boys; Micah, Caleb, Noah and Luke.
Nick Colton // Discipleship Pastor
Pastor Nick Colton was born in Clearwater, Florida. He understood the need for a personal, life long relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of fourteen. Following his senior year in High School, he responded to God’s vocational call on his life. God confirmed this call during his sophomore year at Carson-Newman College. His path has continually been directed toward pastoral ministry even though there were seasons of wondering what God had in store. Today he serves to develop leaders whose passion for Jesus Christ propels them to love others by telling them the truth about Jesus, ministering to their physical needs, and leading them through the disciple-making process here at FBCTT.
Pastor Nick has been married to Jenny since 2000 and together they have 3 Children; Caleb, Silas and Shae.
Gary McNeal // Senior Adults Pastor
Gary McNeal was born in Tallahassee, Florida but moved to Tampa at a young age. He was blessed to have strong Christian parents and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior at the age of seven. After school he began a 30 year career in the grocery business and while working at one of the stores he met his beautiful wife Lynn and were married in July, 1977. Sensing God’s call to ministry he attended a local bible institute and 3 years later God opened the door of opportunity to serve at FBCTT. While serving at FBCTT God moved Gary and his wife for a season to Waters Ave Baptist Church where Gary served as the pastor for 6 years. Returning to FBCTT in May 2012, he and his wife are privileged to serve the Lord and the church family working with senior adults. Gary also serves as the business manager for the church.
He and Lynn have three grown children, Lindsay, Matthew and Melissa, and two grandchildren, Madison and Cooper.
Renee Blain // Director of Preschool Ministries
Renee Blain was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She became a Christ follower at the young age of 7 when she realized she needed a one on one relationship with her heavenly father. Renee enjoyed the benefits of being raised in a Christian home. She attended Stetson University and obtained her degree in Human Resource Management, graduating in May of 1996. Shortly after graduation, Renee married her college sweetheart, Wally, and moved to Tampa. Renee and Wally have been members of First Baptist Church since November of 1996. They are the proud parents of Abbie, age 12 and Allie, age 9.
Renee joined the staff of First Baptist in August of 2011 as the Director of Preschool Ministries after serving as a teacher at WEE World for 10 years.
Peter Adler // Director of Childrens Ministries
Peter Adler is a "true Floridian" being born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and later moving to Lakeland. He grew up "religious, yet lost" in a half Roman Catholic, half Jewish home. God opened Peter's ears to the good news of the Gospel during a Promise Keepers men's conference in St. Petersburg. There, Peter accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. In the years following, he attended the Moody Bible Institute graduating with a degree in Biblical Studies.
Peter has had a wide range of work experience from being a VP of a market research firm to being a certified tennis pro for the City of Temple Terrace. He was honored to win the "High School Tennis Coach of the Year" in 2012 and 2013.
Peter married his USF college sweet-heart, Karen, in 1987 and are both blessed to have Rachael as their daughter. Peter has over 20 years of youth ministry experience and is excited and privileged to now serve as Director of Children's Ministry.
JP Clouse // Director of Student Ministries
JP Clouse was born in Tampa, Florida just 2 miles from FBCTT. His parents still live in the same home he grew up in, so his love and connections in this area have strong roots. In September 1984 during a Temple Heights Christian school weekly chapel, JP made sure of his salvation and gave his life to Jesus Christ. JP says he has always felt a call to work with students as he served at a Christian camp for 3 summers, and then worked with students as a recreational therapist aid for 14 years. Over three years ago, the call on his life to serve students in the ministry was clearer than ever and he has been trusting Jesus Christ with every next step. “I feel I am finally doing what God has called me to do in serving Him with students and I am happier than I have ever been!”
JP Clouse has been married to Marisol since 1994 and together by God’s grace, have 3 boys and 1 girl; Jake, Cameron, Isaac, and LeAnna.
Josué Calzada // Director of Missions
Josué Calzada was born in Mexico City. At the age of five, he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior while watching an evangelistic movie with his father. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Rhode Island where he grew up. During his senior year in high school, he re-dedicated his life and decided to go to a Christian college. It was at college where God gave him a love for ministry and missions. It was also here where he met his wife of 13 years, Trista. God has given him the privilege of working in ministry for the last fifteen years and the joy of seeing God work among many different people and nations. One of his greatest satisfactions is when God's people discover their gifts and use it to extend God's kingdom. Josue and Trista are blessed with four children: Josué Jr., Abigail, Makayla, and Analiyah.
Josué has the priviledge to serve as the Director of Missions: helping our church family engage the needs of the world with the hope that is within us through Jesus Christ.
Zak Moussa // Director of Prayer & International Ministries
Zakaria Moussa was born in Maradi, Niger Republic. He grew up in a Christian family but accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1987. Thereafter, he earnestly sought to expand his knowledge of God through his local church. While training with the Navigators during his college years, he was convinced that God was calling him to full-time ministry. Zak came to the United States in 2004 where he served among the leaders within the International Ministry at FBCTT. He is a faithful man of prayer who believes that prayer is vital in the life of a Believer because it promotes communication and fellowship with God as well as achieving victory in ministry. His focus is to reach and train more Internationals for Christ. Through God’s sovereignty, he is now Director of Prayer and International Ministries here at FBCTT.
Zak has been married to Heather since 2010 and God has blessed them with a son named Daniel.
Buck Buchanan // Director of Creative Arts Ministries // Worship Leader
Buck Buchanan was born to a Christian home on a United States Airforce Base in Okinawa, Japan. He understood the need for a personal, life long relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of 8. God spent the following years molding, growing, and stretching Buck's faith in preparation for ministry. He spent numerous summers working for Lifeway's CentriKID and Centrifuge Camps, and eventually followed God's calling to ministry by attending and graduating from Boyce College; the Undergraduate Program of SBTS in Louisville, KY. God has gifted Buck with musical and artistic abilities. Today he serves FBCTT as the Director of Creative Arts Ministries and oversees the excellence of the church's creative avenues through printed art, videos, and all things Media/Tech. He also currently serves as interim Worship Leader at FBCTT.
Buck has been married to his wife, Amy, since May 2010.
Rick Estes // Director of Worship Ministries
Rick was born in Portsmouth, Virginia but moved away at a young age, living abroad in countries such as Japan and Saudi Arabia due to his father’s work. It was in Japan where he understood the need for a personal Savior at the age of 7. He graduated high school in Switzerland before coming to Tampa to pursue a degree in Music Education at the University of South Florida. Rick taught music in Hillsborough County for six years before answering the call into full time ministry, serving the local church in the areas of worship and the arts, including a period on staff here at FBCTT before leaving to finish his seminary education. Rick is excited to be back as part of the team here at First Baptist Temple Terrace helping in the many areas of Music and Worship!
Rick has been married to his bride Janice since 1994 and together they have two boys Benjamin and Sam.
Ralph D’Elia // Director of Facilities
Ralph D'Elia was born in Pittsburg, PA and moved to Tampa, FL at the age of four with his family. Ralph came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ when he was twenty-five years old. He was invited by friends to attend a fish fry at their church, and then to go to church. After three weeks hearing God’s word he asked Jesus to be his Savior.
Ralph’s ministry has included teaching children, teenagers, and senior adults. After retiring from working in the maintenance and electrical field, he now serves the Lord here at FBCTT as Director of Facilities.
Ralph has been married to his wife Pat for fifty-two years. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Carol Grabill // Director of WEE World Preschool
Carol Grabill was born in Ocala, Florida, and moved to Tampa when she was 6 years old. Carol’s family were Charter members of First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, and it was here at the age of 8 that she recognized the need for a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Carol was baptized at FBCTT and grew up in the church. She graduated from Florida State University and returned to Tampa, where she married Brad Grabill. Together they have two sons, Zachary and Ethan, and, most importantly – 4 grandchildren!
Carol began her ministry as a teacher at WEE World, our weekday preschool, and has served as Director of this ministry since 1982.