Senior Staff


  • Joel Gibbs - Pastor/Teacher

    In November of 1996, I began attending Merrimack Valley Baptist Church under the ministry of Pastor Larry Clouse and was brought onto staff of MVBC in 2009. Since June of 2015, the Lord has allowed me to serve as pastor/teacher. It is my privilege to be able to serve the people of Merrimack Valley Baptist Church and to present God's Word from its contextual, grammatical, and historical background.


    Prior to serving the Lord fulltime at MVBC, I held various leadership positions at Fidelity Investments and P.C. Connection. My undergraduate degree is from the University of New Hampshire and my graduate degree is from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

     

    I serve alongside my wife Nancy and together we have been blessed with two children. As a family, we enjoy bicycling, hiking, and camping.

  • Brian Burbach - SMCA Administrator

    My family and I came to MVBC in June of 2001, at which time I became the School Administrator at South Merrimack Christian Academy.


    I came to know Jesus when I was young and am so thankful that He began a work in me. My passion is to see the faculty, staff, and students of SMCA know Him better and become a shining light for the truth of Jesus in our community and beyond.


    I live in Milford with my wonderful wife Audra and four children: Ashlynn, Blane, Anna, and Brayden. We love to travel and we try to take full advantage of all the amazing opportunities afforded us in New England.

  • Dave Gee - Assistant Pastor

    Prior to coming to MVBC, I served as an Assistant Pastor in Michigan and a Youth Assistant in Pennsylvania. I earned my Master of Divinity degree at Calvary Baptist Seminary. Currently, I serve as an Assistant Pastor at MVBC where I focus on Life Groups, Outreach, and Assimilation. I love connecting people to God’s Word because I know that the Bible has the answers we all need for a truly fulfilling life.  


    I am an avid Star Trek and Star Wars fan and enjoy getting out in the mountains to hike and backpack with my beautiful wife Cathy and our children.

  • Jeff Grant - Assistant Pastor

    I am so blessed that God has allowed me to serve in a way I truly love - serving people and working with families and their children.  I first trusted the Lord Jesus as my Savior in 1999, however, I did not fully give my life over to the Lord until 2009.  Since making the decision to let God rule my life and not trying to do everything my own way, He has been so very gracious to me and has blessed me tremendously with a job in ministry.  After leaving my job at Cintas Corp. in 2010, my wife Julie, and kids Jamie, Jonah, Paul, Jillian, and Jessie joined me in ministry at MVBC.


    I currently oversee all Church Ministries, with the exception of Teens, Music, and School Ministries.  I also oversee our facilities and coordinate and manage all of the properties.  I am currently enrolled at Piedmont International University and am pursuing a Master's Degree in Ministry.  When not in the office, I enjoy spending all my free time with my beautiful wife and children.

  • Stephen Hackett - Pastoral Intern

    As of October 2014, I have been a member and Intern at MVBC, under both Pastor Larry Clouse and now Pastor Joel Gibbs.  I came to the knowledge of Christ back in 1997, and I believe God is using this internship as a stepping stone towards one day becoming a Pastor.  As the Intern, I get to be involved with nearly every ministry.


    I graduated from Boston Baptist college in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies, and am currently enrolled at Piedmont International University pursuing a Masters Degree in Ministry.


    I enjoy outdoor sports, complicated board games, and spending time with people.  My hands down, favorite Bible verse would be Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thin heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths

  • Steve Wilkins - Biblical Counselor

    Since 2003, my wife, Sharron, and I, with the help of trained volunteers in our church, have had the privilege of helping people find real and lasting answers to life’s challenges and opportunities, by using the all-sufficient, inspired word of God.  


    Sharron and I both trusted the Lord as Savior in 1982 at the age of 32. We have a son and daughter-in-law and eight precious grandchildren who are all part of our church family.  Sharron and I are New Hampshire natives who enjoy gardening, and I still get some great exercise with my part-time tree service. It is a nice break from the challenges of counseling.


    God provided excellent Biblical Counseling for me when I was first saved, and I enjoy seeing others set free with the liberating principles of the word of God. One of my favorite verses to use when counseling others is 1 Corinthians 10:13.

  • Dave Deselle - Financial Manager


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