Who We Are - Linesville First Baptist Church, Linesvilee, PA.
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Christopher McLaughlin

Senior Pastor /  814-683-5244 

As the Senior Pastor of LFBC, I have the great privilege of preaching God’s Word, building relationships, helping believers grow in their faith, and working with the members of the church for the edification of the believer and the conversion of the lost.


My wife Amy and I have three sons: Isaiah, Elijah, and Josiah. We enjoy spending time outdoors where we hunt, hike, and explore waterfalls.


I attended Bible college at Boston Baptist College (B.A. in Biblical Studies) and seminary at Liberty University (M.A. Theological Studies). I am currently enrolled in a PhD program at Liberty University.


My desire is to help you grow in your knowledge of and love for Jesus Christ. Please check out the videos we have posted including devotionals and round table discussions that have been created for your edification. Please feel free to reach out directly to me as well.


Terry & Joy Smith 

Pastoral Care  & Visitation  /  tjrsmith12@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Terry Smith and I am the Pastoral Care and Visitation Pastor here at First Baptist Church, Linesville.

My wife, Joy and I are involved in may aspects of the ministry at First Baptist. We love to greet people as they are coming in the doors of our church with a warm welcome.


Some of our ministries include: Greeting, Prayer Chain, Life Groups, The Blessing Box, Funerals and Funeral Dinners, Hospital and in home visits.

We love our church and are blessed to be part of the ministry at FBC! If you are looking for a church that loves and cares for people, please come check us out.

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Jason Fenicle 

Youth Pastor  /  jason@fbclinesville.org  /  814-683-5244  x104

Hi! My name is Jason Fenicle and I am so blessed to be the Youth Pastor at Linesville First Baptist Church. I love God, serving Him, and watching the change and passion grow in people as they come into (and go deeper in) a relationship with Jesus Christ.


I am married to my incredibly beautiful very best friend, Lindsey, who I met at Lancaster Bible College (in Lancaster, PA). I admire her deeply and she inspires me daily. Both Lindsey and I have felt called by God for a long time to minister to teens and kids (the next generation of the Church) and we both love doing so.


At LBC, I studied Biblical Theology & Student/Youth Ministry and she studied Children’s & Family Ministry, and I also have my Masters Degree in Teaching from Frostburg State University in Maryland.


I have been working in ministry to youth since around 2008 in church, para-church (Youth For Christ), and camp ministries, was born in Maryland just south of Baltimore, and I greatly enjoy discipleship, sports, music, weightlifting, hiking, teaching, the beach, roller coasters, and seafood.


Hopefully your family will come on out to check out the exciting, important, gospel-centered Youth Ministries and Children’s Ministries at our wonderful church in Linesville. We are blessed by an awesome & faithful God, and it will always give us joy to serve Him.


Lindsey Fenicle

Nursery & Preschool Director  / oldfashiongirl@gmail.com / (717) 659-4719

Hi, My name is Lindsey Fenicle, and I am blessed to be the Nursery & Preschool Director.  I love seeing little hearts learn more and more about how much God loves them.

I am married to an amazing man, Jason, who is also the Youth Pastor here at First Baptist Church of Linesville, We met at Lancaster Bible College (in Lancaster, PA), and have been married since November of 2018.  He has blessed my life so much and I admire his passion for God, for ministry and for the people of (of all ages).  Jason and I know God has called us to minister to kids and teens and we love doing so.

At LBC, I studied Children and Family Ministries with a minor in Biblical Studies.  I have been working/volunteering in ministry to kids and youth since college.  I spent some time as the Nursery Director at a large church in Hershey right out of college.  For several years I volunteered in a para-church ministry with teens called Youth For Christ.  I have also worked in Childcare since 2008.

I enjoy reading, being outdoors, being a nutrition coach, and spending time with my husband, family and friends.


Art Barnes

Pastor Emeritus

Hi! My name is Art Barnes, and I am Pastor Emeritus here at LFBC where I served as Senior Pastor for 28 years from 1987 to 2015. My wife, Kristy and I are now retired and have three married sons and eight grandchildren. Kristy enjoys painting and I enjoy playing pickleball. Together we like to fish and ride motorcycle.

Prior to coming to Linesville, I spent 17 years in industrial management in Ohio. Called to preach at age 16, I managed to "escape" that call as long as I could! But finally God won out and we ended up here at First Baptist in a wonderful opportunity fulfilling his purpose in and through our lives.

Today, we are blessed to continue to be a part of what God is doing in our church led by the dedicated ministries of our active pastoral staff and their families.

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Michelle Young

Administrative Assistant & Treasurer  / michelle@fbclinesville.org  /  814-683-5244  x101

Hello, My name is Michelle Young. I am the Administrative Assistant/Treasurer here at FBC. I am so very Blessed to be part of such a wonderful Church Family. 

My husband and best friend, Alan and I reside in Atlantic Pa. on a small hobby farm. Each day is a new adventure with our cows, chickens, goats and our two Golden Retrievers, they bring us so much joy. We have three grown children, Justin, Jenna & Annie and I am MiMi to three beautiful grandchildren that are the love of my life.

Alan & I enjoy in our spare time, gardening, hiking, traveling, crafting, but most of all spending time with each other, family and friends. 

I believe God gave me a true gift through the years to be able to mentor, work and love people of all ages. My favorite Bible verse is: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13

John Acklin, Treasurer, Linesville First Baptist Church, Linesville, PA.

John Acklin

Custodian / Grounds

Hello, I am John Acklin and serve as groundskeeper and custodian here at FBC since we created the new campus in 2002. It has always been my calling to create the kind of "curb appeal" through lawn care/flowers/shrubs and trees so that people will enjoy the experience of meeting God's people and worshipping in this place.

I have been married to Jeanne for 46 years and we have been blessed with 3 children and twin grandsons. Jeanne, after retirement, also helps me out with the cleaning on the south half of our building - when she is not working with horses. My day job includes being the Athletic Director for the past 42 years at Linesville High School and now consolidated into Conneaut Area Senior High (C.A.S.H.).


Christine Barnes

Worship Coordinator / christine@fbclinesville.org / 814-683-5244 x 105

Hello there friends!

My name is Christine Barnes, and I am so blessed to be the Worship Coordination here at Linesville First Baptist Church!  I am a wife, mother, registered nurse, artist and vocalist.  It is my honor and privilege to work with the musicians, singers and technicians in our church family.  My role is to select music, organize and encourage volunteers, and motivate others to use their gifts for God's glory.

My dear husband, Matthew, and I have lived in this beautiful area all our lives, and FBC linesville has been our church family for over three decades.  We have been married for 26 years and have three grown children.


I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a young child, and was baptized as a teen in the "old church" by Rev. Art Barnes, and Rev. Russ Hines.  God is my rock and my salvation! 

It is my joy to serve my church family and may God always receive all the honor and glory and praise, forevermore!


Steve Young


Steve Young is a retired minister from Vermont.


He and his wife and son moved to Crawford County in 2016 and now live and work in Linesville.


Steve is janitor in our Fellowship Hall, Kitchen and Nursery area at FBC. He is an encouragement and blessing to the many people that come into our facilities during the week.