Meet Our Staff

Senior Pastor, Ryan Mason

Ryan and his family are originally from Hilliard, Florida where he was saved, called to the ministry, married, and licensed to the gospel ministry at First Baptist Hilliard. After graduating from high school, Ryan attended The Baptist College of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. Upon graduation, he attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity. Ryan served as a senior pastor for three years in Southwest Georgia at Arlington Baptist Church. At the end of 2018, Ryan and his family relocated to Yulee, Florida where he served as the Discipleship Pastor at Mercy Hill Church.  In March of 2021 Ryan was called back home to serve as the Pastor of First Baptist Church Hilliard.

He is married to his high-school sweet heart Brittany and they have three children: Elijah, Micah, and Bella.

Worship Pastor, Jared Knight


Jared is originally from Hilliard, Florida. After graduating high school, he attended The Baptist College of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music. Immediately following graduation, Jared attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Arts in Christian Studies. Jared has more than 12 years of ministry experience and has served as a worship pastor in Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

He is married to his wife Christie and they have three children: Anna Grace, Bradden, and Jeremiah.

Youth Pastor, Dallis Hunter


Dallis was born in Pensacola, Florida and moved to Palm Valley a short time later where he grew up.  Dallis is a Firefighter by profession.  He met his wife Marella while serving at North Jacksonville Baptist Church.  Marella grew up in Hilliard & is an immeasurable asset to Dallis’ ministry.  Dallis served as High School Ministry Director at North Jacksonville Baptist Church and then as Student Pastor at Hyde Park Baptist Church.  In 2008, God led Dallis & Marella to serve the students at First Baptist.  They are blessed with two wonderful children, Isaac & Lydia.

Financial Secretary, Lindia Marshall


Lindia moved to Hilliard in 1984, and started working at First Baptist in 1996.  She is married to W.A. and they have five children, Daniel, Mandy, Aaron, Matthew and Kevin.  They also have five grandchildren.  Lindia is a Notary Public and also involved with LINC-UP Missions.