Meet our team!
Ricky Powell has served as Fort Caroline's lead pastor since 1996. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Luther Rice University, and a Master of Divinity with Specialization in Christian Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ricky is married to his wife of 28+ years, Donna. They have three children, Joshua, Casey, and Caleb. He loves spending time with family and good friends, drinking a cup of coffee, and reading car magazines. You can contact Ricky at [email protected]
John Shultz joined the Fort Caroline Baptist Church leadership team in 2006 as the Associate Pastor. John is a graduate of Luther Rice University with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies, and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate in Church Health with a sub-specialty in Small Group Ministry. John loves spending time with his wife and family. He enjoys helping people learn to grow spiritually and spiritually reproduce.
You can contact John at [email protected]
Craig Marsh joined the Fort Caroline Baptist Church leadership team in 2008 as the Creative Arts Pastor. He is responsible for crafting the Sunday morning experience. He oversees the musical, media, and technical aspects of our weekend services. Craig loves spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He likes watching movies and sports, especially football (Roll Tide! Go Jags!). You can contact Craig at [email protected]
Joe Otwell joined the Fort Caroline leadership team in 2003 as the Student Pastor. Joe has a Master of Arts in Religious Education and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling. His wife, Natalie, and Joe have 4 kids: Courtney, Austin, Caris, and Nathan. Joe enjoys hanging out with his family, going to the beach, and playing table tennis. Contact Joe at [email protected]
Matt Sparling joined the Fort Caroline team in 2016 when God called Matt out of the corporate world to serve the local church full time. Matt is married to his high school sweetheart Susan and together they have two teenage sons Hayden and Carson. You can contact Matt at [email protected]
Olmes Corrales joined the Fort Caroline Baptist Church team as the Pastor of Spanish Ministries in 2018 when this new ministry was launched. Olmes has ministered as a pastor, worship leader, missionary, worship song translator, interpreter, and a chaplain assistant. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys learning and working on worship songs, reading, and teaching. Olmes is a big football (soccer) fan. He is married to Stella, and together they raised three wonderful sons: Jaime Joofred, Andrés Felipe, and Juan Pablo. Olmes can be contacted at [email protected]
Christie Hill joined the team at Fort Caroline in 2009 and she became the Full Time Preschool Director in 2017. Christie is married to her husband of 23+ years, Erik. Together they have three sons, Erik Jr, Bryan and Michael. She enjoys family time at the beach, reading, running and cheering on her boys at their sporting events and the Crimson Tide. You can contact Christie at [email protected]