MEET OUR PASTORS
Pastor Siers was born in Canton, Ohio to Robert and Martha Siers where he was privileged to be raised in a Christian home. He won various national awards from AACS in preaching and music while in high school. He graduated from Tennessee Temple High School in 1982. While in Bible college, Mark took advantage of practical training for ministry as a camp counselor, Neighborhood Bible Time evangelist, volunteer music and youth director and summer ministry intern. Mark received his Bachelor Degree from Tennessee Temple University. Mark met his wife, Hope Burnside of Augusta, Georgia, while they were attending college. God has used her talents as a singer, pianist and speaker throughout their ministry. Mark received his Master of Arts in Theology and Doctorate of Ministries from Emmanuel Baptist University.
In 1985 Mark served as youth pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. In 1989 the Lord called him to lead the youth and music ministries at Twin City Bible Church in Nitro, WV. In 1990 Mark was ordained into the ministry under the direction of Norris Belcher, Orland Reynolds, and Lee Roberson. In 1992 God moved them to Pensacola, FL to serve at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church. In 1996 God called Mark to Pastor Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ripley, WV where he ministered for 10 years. In 2006 the Lord directed the Siers family to serve alongside Pastor John Reynolds as his Associate Pastor at Volusia County Baptist Church. Pastor Reynolds led the church to call Pastor Siers to allow for continuing leadership in the future. In 2016 Pastor Reynolds retired after faithfully pastoring VCBC for 20 years and the church passed the mantle of leadership to Pastor Siers.
Tim and Kayla came to join the staff at VCBC in 2016. They have served in ministry since 2011 and love working with young people.
WHO WE ARE
Volusia County Baptist Church is an independent, Bible believing church which strives to impact our area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). Our church selects and supports missionaries who will partner with us to reach the lost around the world (Mark 16:15). As an independent church we do not have a denominational headquarters. We depend upon the Holy Spirit for power and leadership in our ministry (Acts 13:1-3). We know that God blesses people more than programs and we are thankful that the Lord keeps sending us wonderful people to be part of His church. We would love the privilege of meeting you so please visit with us as soon as you can!
Four families had a burden to begin a Bible-believing, independent Baptist church in central Florida. These families began meeting in their homes for Bible study. The group decided to rent a storefront building in Orange City, Florida and began holding services on Thursday evening and on Sunday mornings and evenings. They called Dr. Reynolds as their pastor and formed the Volusia County Baptist Church. The church grew rapidly and purchased property at 261 S. Orange Avenue.
There was a church building on the property which they renovated and began holding services on the new property. Because of the growth of the church, they had to begin holding two morning services. Soon the building was just too small and a larger building was built on the property. Due to continued growth, the new building also became too small and it was necessary to again hold two Sunday morning services.
The church again began the process of constructing a new building to accommodate the large number of people. In November of 2007, the 1100 seat auditorium was dedicated and is the place of worship today. In October of 2016, after twenty years, Dr. Reynolds retired as the pastor of VCBC. The Associate Pastor, Mark Siers took the position of senior pastor.
SUMMARY OF OUR BELIEFS
We believe in the verbal inspiration and authority of the Scriptures.
We believe that the Bible reveals God, His creation, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in the ages.
We believe in one triune God who reveals Himself in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity, virgin birth, substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing and minus nothing. The conditions to salvation are repentance and faith.
We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe in the visible, personal, pretribulational, and premillennial return of Jesus Christ to rapture believers out of the world. We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
The following three instructions Jesus gave before He ascended to Heaven form the mission statement of Volusia County Baptist Church:
1. Preach the Gospel to every creature,
2. Baptize those who receive the Gospel, and
3. Teach believers to obey what Jesus commanded.
The vehicle Jesus gave to fulfill this mission is the church. It is exciting to see people trusting Jesus Christ as their Savior, following Him in believers’ baptism, and growing spiritually to be more like Christ. As we go get others saved, baptized, and teach them God’s Word, we are obeying our Lord’s command and fulfilling our mission as a church (Matthew 28:19-20).