Meet Our Ministers

Dr. Sam Roach – Pastor

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Sam practiced law before entering vocational ministry.  After serving on staff at a church in Texas, he pastored churches in Tampa and Charlotte prior to accepting the call to serve as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Sanford in 2019.  Sam holds several graduate degrees, including a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Sam has a passion for teaching God’s Word and seeing God transform lives through the power of the gospel.  He has served on international mission teams to Belgium, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, and Honduras.  His interests include reading, tennis, and golf.

Sam is from St. Petersburg, Florida, and his wife, Alysia, is from Winter Park, Florida.  They have three daughters, Savannah, Kendall, and Whitney.

MIKE HANDY – Minister of Music/Senior Adults

With Music degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Michael and his wife Lu Anne have two grown sons living in Arkansas and Virginia, and have been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren. Mike is responsible for the music and worship ministries of the church, as well as the ministry to senior adults. Coming to the church in 2009, he oversees the development of nine choirs, working with church members that serve in leadership positions in many of the groups. He also oversees the Senior Adult Activities Committee and plans trips and other events for the church’s senior members.

JACOB PETERSON – Minister of Youth

Jacob is a North Carolina native and graduated from Campbell University’s Divinity School.  He and his wife have two sons and have been serving churches for twelve years.  Jacob enjoys pointing students closer to Christ and helping them develop a servant’s heart.  In addition to planning and leading the regular activities for our youth, Jacob has helped lead our entire church in joining the youth in a yearly summer mission trip.  All participants regardless of age, come back changed.  Tired? Yes!  But grateful and excited to show God’s love and feel His hand on their lives.

Vacant Position – Minister of Outreach/Activities

For information on this position, contact the Church office at 919-774-4220…

JONATHAN LETT – Children’s Activities Coordinator

Jonathan is a lifelong Sanford native and a graduate of Lee Senior High School. Jonathan has been a member of FBC since the early ‘90s. He has participated in many mission trips, helped with vacation bible school and also leads the children’s sermon on Sundays at the 11:00 am service. He has worked with the FBC After School program for the past 10 years, with 8 years as the director. Jonathan has worked closely with the Upward basketball program for 12 years. Jonathan is responsible for the children’s activities, After School program, summer camp and also works closely with the Preschool program. He loves working with and sharing God’s word with children of all ages.