Our Mission

The mission of the First Baptist Church of Chuluota is “Through Love and Labor to Make and Mature Christian Disciples.”

Our History and Associations:

Soon after the close of the Civil War, several families residing in Whiteville, North Carolina moved to Florida.  They left by boat and arrived in Mellonville, Florida (modern day Sanford).  From there, using oxen and carts, they completed their trip to the north side of Lake Pickett.  On January 8, 1875, these pioneers established the Harmony Baptist Church which was later renamed the First Baptist Church of Chuluota.  The church has had a continuous presence in the community since that time.

We are in association with the Seminole Baptist Association which is comprised of forty-one churches and missions located in Seminole and West Volusia counties.  For missions and other denominational endeavors, we cooperate with the Florida and Southern Baptist Conventions.

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Troy Peeples, Senior Pastor

Pastor Troy Peeples is a graduate of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Trinity College of Florida (Bachelor of Science in Leadership). He entered the ministry in 2001 and has served churches in Florida and Texas. He and his wife Torrie were married in 1985. They have 5 daughters and 11 grandchildren. Pastor Peeples is responsible for encouraging and maintaining our church’s culture by being an active leader in our ever-growing community. As our Senior Pastor, he plays a vital role in the spiritual life of First Baptist Church of Chuluota.

Carson Gore, Deacon

Carson Gore has been a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Chuluota. Carson and his wife Christina were married in 2000 and have 4 children. With his passion of sharing the Gospel and making a difference in the lives of others, God has been using him in Children’s Ministry for years. He brings a wealth of experience and energy to the church and all of our activities. Carson is a Deacon, Children’s Ministry Director, Sports Outreach Director and Awana Commander.

John Reese, Deacon

John Reese brings Biblical wisdom and guidance to the church and everyone he encounters. He and his wife Carol were married in 19  . He is attuned to connecting with members and helping with the needs in the congregation and community. John is a vital member of the church. He serves as Deacon and the Sexton of the Chuluota Community Cemetery.



Marsha Fortuna, Secretary

Marsha Fortuna has been serving as the church secretary for more than a decade. Her love for the Lord and His truth is evident in all that she does. Marsha is a valuable asset to First Baptist Church of Chuluota and her talents serve all aspects of the day to day church operations as well as the various ministries of the church.