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Rob Clay- Senior Pastor

Rob was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas area. As committed Christians, his parents faithfully took the family to hear God’s word taught and preached each Lord’s day at a local baptist church. By God’s grace he came under the conviction of God’s word at an early age. Rob was baptized upon his profession of faith in Jesus Christ. As the Lord worked in his life through faithful Christians in the local church, he had a strong desire to serve the Lord in ministry. Answering this call, he pursued a B.A. in Communications at the University of Texas at Arlington and graduated in 2002. Then he began his studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in 2005. 

By God’s good providence, Rob has served in Christian ministry for almost 20 years. During this time he has served churches in Texas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. By God’s grace in January of 2024, Rob was called to shepherd Columbus FBC as senior pastor. Blessed by God with five vivacious children, he and his bride of almost 20 years daily strive to model Christ-likeness and discipleship in their home. In his free time, you can find him spending time with his family exploring trails, bike riding or digging into a theology book.

Jairo Garcia- Associate Pastor

Jairo Garcia grew up in Guatemala, Central America.   At the age of 14, he was brought to Los Angeles, California, and two years later he moved to Grand Island, Nebraska. There he was introduced to a Pentecostal church where his father attended. He began to serve as a musician in said church, although his need for a redeeming Savior was not met. After about a year,  Jairo moved to the small town of Schuyler, NE with an uncle who was serving as an associate pastor for a Pentecostal church. In this church, Jairo also served as a musician and by the grace of God, was saved. And so our Heavenly Father began His redeeming work in Jairo. Three years later he married his wife Julia, with whom he has three children: Benjamin, Jonathan and Amy.

It wasn’t until he was married that he began to read and study the Bible faithfully and the Lord confronted through scripture many of the doctrines that were wrongfully taught to him. During the next seven years of studying God’s word, Jairo also began to feel the burden to share and teach faithfully the Word of God. It was in 2016 that Jairo and his family began to attend Columbus First Baptist and later became members of the church. He is a recent graduate of CBL (Latin American Baptist college) in Norfolk, NE. He lovingly serves the church teaching the Spanish Sunday school and leading a Spanish Bible Study. 

He likes to spend time with his family and likes theology and church history books. He also enjoys playing the piano.

Adam Schaer- Lay Elder (Chairman)

Adam grew up in Columbus in a home that valued church and fostered a love for God. Adam attended Liberty University, building great friendships on campus, but returned to Columbus to finish his schooling online. While living back in Columbus, Adam began attending Columbus FBC where he met Stephanie and in 2012, they were married. Adam and Stephanie have two children: Cora and Atticus.

Adam finished his Bachelor of Science in Religion degree in 2018. Adam teaches our fourth through sixth grade Sunday school class as well as teaches our youth group on Wednesday evenings.

Adam is passionate about reaching Columbus for Christ and presenting God’s truths in a way for all to understand, as well as building community among believers. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially doing art projects with Cora, catching Marvel movies with Stephanie and he definitely enjoys reading a good book!

Myron Morse- Lay Elder

Myron grew up in rural SW Iowa on a farm which cultivated a love for God’s creation. He was saved by grace in high school and nurtured by godly parents to a pursuit of the Lord’s will in his life. Carried by God’s leading, after thirteen years in school of shaping humility and perseverance, to a career as a general surgeon. At the end of his training, he met his lovely bride, Laura, to begin another good work in his life. He spent 3 ½ years of service in the US Air Force on active duty followed by a job presently at Columbus Community Hospital. They have been blessed along the way with four children and a quiver of grandchildren. 

God has grown him in the pursuit of holiness with many trials and daily discovering how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He has a passion for people and their wellbeing both physically and spiritually. He enjoys time with family and spoiling the grandchildren. He also enjoys farming, shooting, and working in God’s pasture- golf. Most of all, he enjoys serving our Lord in teaching adult Sunday school and helping shepherd the flock at CFBC.

Feel free to contact any of us by contacting the church office at (402)564-4279