Terri McClintock has been our administrative assistant since 2001. If you have a question about the church family, she can usually find the answer.
Terri is married to Frank. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Terri grew up in Harford County but now calls Cecil County home. When not in the office or helping with church ministries, she likes to read and spend time with her family.
Greetings! My name is Chris Moyer and I serve at First Baptist Church of Perryville as the associate pastor. I am thrilled that you are taking time to visit our church’s website and pray that you will be encouraged by what you find.
I would like to take a little time to introduce myself to you. Prior to joining First Baptist as associate pastor in January 2008, I worked as a professional Christian counselor with Safe Harbor Christian Counseling in Cecil and Harford counties. While at Safe Harbor, I had the pleasure of counseling individuals of all ages, couples and families. In my work as a counselor I saw that true change can only be accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit, because He alone has the power to change our hearts.
I married my college sweetheart Laura (pictured with me below) in February 2003.
We met as freshmen at Philadelphia Biblical University where we each were pursuing undergraduate degrees in Bible which we completed in December of 2002. We remained at PBU after finishing our undergraduate studies in order to complete graduate degrees in Christian counseling. Laura and I finished our master’s degrees in May 2007 after spending four long but very valuable years studying. During our time in graduate school we both worked at PBU. I worked in the admissions department as the enrollment counselor for international students, while Laura worked in the registrar’s office as the credential specialist. We share a love for God’s Word and ministering to people. We also enjoy traveling, going to the beach and spending quality time with family and friends. Other activities that I enjoy during my spare time are playing racquetball, hiking, skiing, watching my nephews and playing all kinds of sports (soccer, ping-pong, softball, basketball…). We are so very thankful for God’s gift of our daughter, Sophia Joy. Being her parents causes us to trust God even more.
I had the unique opportunity to spend most of my childhood in France and Germany as a missionary kid. My parents continue to minister in France, in the town of Saint Etienne where they work as church planters. My experience growing up overseas and watching my parents serve the Lord showed me the impact of international missions. As a senior in high school I went on a mission trip of my own to the country of Croatia and it was during that time that the Lord impressed upon my heart to dedicate my life to serving Him full-time. Since dedicating my life to ministry I have worked as a volunteer youth leader, led several small groups, taught a Sunday school class for young adults, and, as mentioned earlier, I have also worked as a Christian counselor. I now have the distinct privilege of serving here at First Baptist Church as associate pastor.
My hope and prayer as associate pastor is to help our church, “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). I hope to accomplish this by God’s grace through teaching the Word of God and through building relationships with the people in our church and community.
My friend, whether we realize it or not we all are in dire need of God. We all long for relationship with Him, however many of us try to fill our longing for God by seeking other things, things that will ultimately disappoint. Are you tired and weary from trying to fill your desires through your job, your wealth, your relationships or other things and still feeling empty? Come and join us in pursuing that for which we were created, to have an intimate relationship with God and to give Him glory and honor. Here at First Baptist of Perryville, we are a group of imperfect and suffering people just as you will find anywhere else in the world. The difference is that we are learning how to use our imperfection and our suffering to help us learn more about our God and how we can become more like Him. We invite you to join us in this pursuit!
I would love to get to know you personally and hear about your life. You can meet me at our church before or after our weekly services, or you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
May God bless you mightily,
Dr. John M. R. Gauger
Our pastor began serving in youth ministry in 1970. After two pastoral internships, he has pastored full-time since 1979. He briefly served FBC Perryville as an interim pastor in 1987. First Baptist Church, Perryville called Dr. John M. R. Gauger as pastor in 1990.
John and his wife, Linda, were married in 1977. They are thankful for the blessing of two children, John II and Paula. John II is married to Sarah. They are active for the Lord in Lynchburg, Virginia where they are raising their sons, John-Paul, Jack, and Wills, and a young man from Korea, Nelson. Philip is now contributing his mandatory military service in the South Korean army. Paula is married to Matthew Straw. They are active for the Lord in Lutherville, MD where they are raising their daughter, Ana Lee and their son, Titus.
John has degrees from the University of Delaware, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Drew University. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Methodist University, and the Christian Counseling Education Foundation at Westminster Seminary. John has been translated into nine other languages when preaching or teaching in North America, Middle America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and West Africa. He teaches integrative seminars in Applied Ministry for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in their extension graduate school at Columbia, MD. He has also taught pastors in Canada, Mexico, West Africa, and Eastern Europe.
John has served in a variety of positions with organizations of churches working together. He served as president of the General Mission Board of the Baptist Convention of MD/DE, the Baptist Foundation of MD/DE, the Pastor’s Conference of the BCM/D, the Susquehanna Ministers and Wives Conference, and moderator of the Susquehanna Baptist Association. He has also served on the nominating committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Linda has degrees from the University of Delaware and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She has studied piano, organ, and harp professionally. She taught music at Joppatowne High School and many elementary schools in Harford County. Linda has directed choirs since her younger teens. She loves to cook and bake. John has always considered Linda the answer to God’s promise of good in Psalm 84:11.
John enjoys reading, marine aquaria, talking about God, and getting to know new people. He has strengths in teaching, training disciples, and counseling. His passion is to see people transformed by knowing God and enjoying Him. John’s desire is for the church to impact people locally, in our state, our nation, and other people throughout the world. His messages explain the meaning of specific biblical texts and suggest how they apply to us today. Choose a recent message to listen to by clicking here.
John would welcome the opportunity to get to know you. Meet him after a Sunday worship service or click here to find other ways to be in contact.