Born and raised in Pensacola Fl, Jed Miller has a passionate heart to see his home community grow closer to God. Jed attended Pensacola Christian Academy where he was given a good foundation in the Word as well as a top education through his high school career. After graduating Jed went on to bounce around to different colleges until finishing up at University of West Florida with a degree in Psychology. Always wanting to continually grow Jed is working on his master’s in divinity at Liberty University.
Jed came to a saving knowledge of Christ at the age of 11 on a youth ministry trip. However, it wasn’t until 2006 at a student life camp that he would feel the call of God to full time ministry. Since receiving the call Jed has done everything he can to grow not only in his knowledge of the scripture, but also in his skills for ministry. He takes every opportunity to improve his speaking, knowledge, relationships, and ministry.
Jed has served in ministry since he first felt the call. He took his first ministry position while still in school at Windy Hill Baptist Church where he served as the youth pastor for five years. While there God blessed and took the youth group from 6 students to 25 students and was continuing to grow. He left Windy Hill and went on to serve as the youth pastor of Heritage Baptist Church for another 5 years. At heritage he had the opportunity to oversee not only the youth ministry but also the churches small group ministry; leading adults as well as students in the study of the Word.
Jed has been married to his beautiful bride Lydia for 6 years. They have one beautiful daughter named Kezia, who is a year old. Jed and Lydia are a loving couple who always desire to grow closer to each other and God, as well as, to raise their daughter and future children to do the same. They are fully invested in the ministry of God and the growing of His church.
Shane Freeman serves as our Worship Pastor. Shane was born in South Mississippi and moved to Pensacola in 2011. He has served in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ for over 15 years. Shane married his wife Vanessa in March of 2016. Vanessa serves alongside Shane in ministry and worship. God continues to bless them greatly in their marriage as well as their ministry! Shane finds great joy in serving together with others at FBCB to provide a blended style worship service, which he finds holds true to Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
Mark Bookout serves as our Youth Director, as well as being one of our deacons. He carries many years of leadership experience and takes great pride in his job. Mark has been called to teach the Bible, leadership, and coordinate events for our youth. His wife, Shelby is our Children’s Director and they have 4 children. Mark enjoys the river, sports (Roll Tide), and spending time with his family. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Theology at Liberty University. His favorite verse is Matthew 4:19 “And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Shelby Bookout serves as our Director of Preschool and Children’s ministries. Shelby finds joy in watching the children “get it” and connect the dots of the bible truths taught. She holds over a decade of experience with children. She has led preschool and nursery classrooms and worked in Kids Day Out programs at other community churches in addition to having completed Florida’s required childcare training courses. Shelby is in the process of completing a degree in Elementary Education as well. She has been married to her husband, Mark Bookout since 2008 and they have 4 beautiful children. Mark and Shelby have been members at FBC of Beulah since 2016, and Shelby moved into her Director role in early 2020. Mark and Shelby are proud to be first generation Christians and pray to pave the way for their children and many generations to come to be equipped to live a Christ led life. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”