Our Pastoral Staff

Our Pastoral Staff

Peter Folger


Pastor Pete Folger graduated from Crown College in 2001. He joined the staff of Cleveland Baptist Church as the youth pastor in January, 2001. He was named the Senior Associate Pastor in 2009. On November 6, 2016, the church voted to name Pete Folger as the co-pastor, and on June 2, 2019, Pete was installed as the third pastor of Cleveland Baptist Church. Pastor Pete and his wife, Sandra, have four children.


Kevin Folger

Pastor Emeritus

Kevin Folger graduated from Baptist Bible College in 1978. He joined the staff of Cleveland Baptist as an associate in May of 1978. In 1990, he became co-pastor with Dr. Roy Thompson. In 1995, Dr. Thompson resigned as pastor to pursue missions, and the church called Kevin Folger to become senior pastor. On June 2, 2019, Kevin Folger stepped out of the pastorate to become the Director for Spiritual Leadership Asia. Kevin Folger and his wife, Denise, have three children and ten grandchildren.


Jack Beaver

Assistant Pastor

Jack Beaver graduated from Hyles Anderson College in 1984. He served as an associate pastor in Princeton, West Virginia, for one year before coming to work as an assistant pastor Cleveland Baptist Church  in 1985.  His primary responsibilities include working with our senior saints in a ministry called Young At Heart, visiting the shut-ins in the church, teaching a Bible Doctrines Class and soul-winning. Jack and his wife, Rita, have three children and eighteen grandchildren.


Luke Brown

Principal, Heritage Christian School

Luke Brown graduated from Fairhaven Baptist Bible College in 1990. He joined the staff of Heritage Christian School as a Bible and woodshop teacher in August of 1995. In the summer of 2003, he became an associate pastor and moved to the church staff where he serves as Director of Christian Education. In 2015, Luke became the principal at Heritage Christian School. Luke and his wife, Pam, have four children. 


Bruce Witzke

Pastoral Staff

After 30 years of service at Heritage Christian School (first as a teacher and later as an administrator), Bruce Witzke transitioned to the church's pastoral staff in 2008. He oversees the bus ministry, discipleship program, and Bearing Precious Seed outreach. He is passionate about winning souls. Bruce and his wife, Joyce, have five children and twelve grandchildren.  


Ron Van Kirk

Business Manager

Ron Van Kirk graduated with a degree in accounting from Pensacola Christian College in 2001.  He joined the staff at Cleveland Baptist as the business manager in March, 2005.  In 2008, he also became the music ministry director.  Ron and his wife, Christina, have two children.


Tom Goodman

Assistant Pastor

Tom was fortunate to have been brought up in a Pastor's home. His father pastored a Baptist church in a small town in central Illinois. In 1993 the Lord moved his family to Faith Bible Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio, where his dad still pastors today. His father has been faithfully pastoring for over 36 years. Both of his siblings are faithfully serving in their local churches, as well. He trusted Christ as his Savior at the age of eight years old and yielded to the call to preach in August of 2003. He served as his dad's associate pastor from June of 2008 until January of 2016 when the Lord moved his family to the Cleveland area. He and his wife, Amanda, have been blessed with four children, Calvin, Seth, Savannah, and Calli. He says he felt at home from the first moment he and his family came through the doors at CBC and count it a great privilege to serve the Lord here with the faithful staff and members of the Cleveland Baptist Church. 


Wesam Elrabadi

Youth Pastor

After graduating Cleveland State University in 2007. Bro. Wesam completed his biblical education at the Heritage Baptist Institute in 2012. He joined the staff of Cleveland Baptist Church in June 2015. He is married to Megan and thanks God for a wonderful wife and the privilege to serve in the Gospel Ministry of Jesus Christ.


Jon Blankenship

Outreach Pastor

Jon Blankenship received Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of nineteen. Soon after, God called him into full time ministry. He graduated from Heritage Baptist Institute in 2016. He joined the staff of Cleveland Baptist church in May of 2020. He teaches in the Young Professionals Adult Bible Fellowship and oversees the outreach ministries of the church. He and his wife, Jamie, have been blessed with two sons.

Nick Evanovich

Nick Evanovich

Gypsy Pastor

In 2011, I finally answered God’s call to preach His Word and reach my fellow Gypsies throughout America and abroad. Dorothy and I were both scripturally baptized and became members of a visible, local body of Christ at Cleveland Baptist Church. Leaving behind our Pentecostal faith of the past once and for all. I enrolled and am finishing my Bible training at Heritage Baptist Institute, a ministry of Cleveland Baptist Church.

In 2013, I became Pastor of the Gypsy Outreach Ministry along with my family at Cleveland Baptist church. We preach Christ from God’s preserved Word, the King James Bible.


Jose Duarte

Spanish Pastor

Pastor Jose Duarte graduated from Salt Lake Bible Baptist College in 2007. He started as Pastor Oscar Garcia’s co-pastor in the Spanish ministry at Salt Lake Bible Baptist Church (Iglesia Biblica Bautista de Salt Lake City). Later, the church called Pastor Duarte to become the Spanish Pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Salt Lake City under the leadership of Pastor Marshall Warneke (Senior Pastor at Salt Lake Bible Baptist Church). He pastored there for five years before arriving in Cleveland. In January, 2012, he joined the staff at Cleveland Baptist Church as the Spanish Pastor under the leadership of Pastor Kevin Folger.

Pastor Duarte and his wife, Sandra, were married on November 22,1986. They have four children (two boys and two girls). Currently, Pastor Duarte and Mrs. Sandra are taking the Gospel to Cleveland’s Hispanic community.