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Every church staff member has a ministry to the lost. And our ministry to the lost trumps our other responsibilities every time. We advocate for the lost, relate to the lost, and give our time and energy to bringing lost people to Jesus, first and foremost.

Every church staff member has a ministry to the church. If we aren’t thinking about the lost and how to creatively reach them as much as we think about getting our jobs done, we’re toast.

 Every church staff member has a ministry to his or her peers. That is, we have a responsibility to pour into and invest in the lives of those we serve with.  Ministering to our peers keeps us in the company of encouragers, prevents isolation and burnout and is ultimately good for the kingdom (and heaven knows how we need more kingdom-minded churches!).

Pastor Larry Baker

Pastor Baker brings over 20 years of ministry experience in churches in Maryland and Louisiana. He is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and has served in ministry since 1996. He served over a decade at a young vibrant church in Baltimore, Md., helped plant churches in New Orleans, La., and in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Md., as a North American Mission Board church-planting missionary, and in youth ministry in Zachary, La. Pastor Baker earned both a bachelor of arts degree in pastoral ministries and a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree, with an emphasis on discipleship, from Gateway Seminary in Ontario, Calif.


Karen Gausch Karen Gausch/Human Resources/Bookkeeper

Karen has been on staff at The Bridge since 2007.  Karen is happily married to her husband Larry, has 5 children and 2 grandchildren.  Not only is Karen a member of our staff but also serves as a volunteer in the AWANA ministry.




Mindy Long/Worship Leader

I was born in Lincoln, NE and since I am the daughter of a Baptist preacher I grew up going to church every Sunday.  As a little girl I asked Jesus into my heart, however it wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I surrendered my life to Him. I have always loved singing. I grew up singing in church with my sister and also in school choirs. I started attending The Bridge in 2003 and began serving as a vocalist on the worship team in 2009. However, I never dreamed in 2011 that God would call me to become the worship leader here at The Bridge. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to bring our congregation into the presence of God. My goal as the worship leader is to help facilitate an atmosphere for you to be able to lift your heart in worship to God.  We are singing to an audience of ONE and He and He alone is worthy of our praise!