Dr. Thomas E. Kalb has faithfully served our congregation as pastor since his ordination in 2004. Our church family has been blessed by his bold, clear, biblical and practical preaching and teaching. His evangelistic heart is evident to all who hear him, for he desires that all should hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and then through faith come to know the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way, receiving Christ's righteousness, and experiencing His love, forgiveness and strength to face today's struggles.
Prior to assuming the pastorate here at First Baptist, he served for thirteen years as the Teaching Leader for the Men's BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) class which met in Middletown, NJ. He is also known by many as a chiropractor. For eight years he also served as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ.
Pastor Tom graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his CGS (certificate in graduate studies). Prior to his seminary training, he earned his doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. His M.S. Degree in Computer Science is from Stevens Institute of Technology, while his B.S in Mathematics was conferred by NYU Poly.
He is married to Nancy, and they have been blessed with 3 daughters, who are now all married, and 8 grandchildren.
His hobbies include tennis with his wife and children, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Derek has served as Pastoral Assistant since 2013. His primary responsibility is with the youth and young adults, although he assists Pastor Tom in other areas, including preaching on occasion. His biblical training includes 2 years at Word of Life Bible Institute, where in his second year he was on staff, with his primary responsibility being the Discipleship Coordinator, that is, discipling leaders who would then disciple other Word of Life students.
Derek graduated from Keyport High School, Marist College, and then received a certificate in Biblical foundation from Word of Life Bible Institute. He was a 3-Sport athlete at Keyport and played Division I Football at Marist, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. Derek is married to Lindsey, who is also a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute, and the two have one daughter, Layla, who is nearly 2 years old. Derek and Lindsey enjoy a host of outdoor activiities, while Lindsey is also active in Keyport's art community, and Derek is a volunteer high school football coach.
HOLDING FORTH THE WORD OF LIFE
First Baptist Church of Keyport
Our current pastor, Rev. Thomas E. Kalb,
assumed the pastorate in Keyport in 2005.