Through the years God has provided us with stability and unity through devoted pastors who were chosen by God to shepherd His people. Each was equipped to lead us to greater maturity in Christ, from our historic focus on missions to our newly increased focus on discipleship. Pastor Scott Kigar began at FBCR in 1996 in Student Ministries, but he more recently moved into the position of Discipleship Pastor. Senior Pastor Mark Cizauskas was installed in 2012, and he quickly set a tone of the utmost adherence to biblical truth, unity in the church and spiritual growth. In 2013, Pastor Tim Brokke was led to take the Student Ministries position, where he has already begun discipling students in their daily walk with Jesus.
Mark Cizauskas became the Senior Pastor of First Baptist in June of 2012. Prior to this, he served on the pastoral staff of West Cannon Baptist Church in Belmont, MI. Mark attended Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA as well as Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Mark’s primary responsibilities at First Baptist are preaching and teaching along with shepherding the church family. Mark married his wife Marsha, also a BBC graduate, in 1996 and together they have four children; Josh, Katelyn, Kendra and Kiley. Mark enjoys spending his free time with his wife and children.
Discipleship Ministries Pastor
Scott Kigar graduated in 1988 with a B.S. in Bible with a Youth Ministry emphasis. Pastor Scott served in churches in North Carolina and Ohio before coming to First Baptist Church of Rochester as Associate Pastor of Youth and Christian Education in January of 1996. He transitioned into the new position of Christian Education and Discipleship in the Fall of 2001. He has received extensive training through Precept Ministries. He considers it a privilege to be working with the many dedicated people at FBCR who give of themselves so that every person has the opportunity to grow in Jesus Christ. Pastor Scott and Maggie were married August 9, 1986 and have been serving the Lord together ever since. Maggie partnered with Pastor Scott in the Youth Ministry and has also served in AWANA, Missions, Children's Church and other ministries. They have an energetic terrier, Buckeye. Pastor Scott enjoys cooking and sports, and both of the Kigars are avid bird watchers. Mostly, Pastor Scott loves teaching others God's Word and how to study the Bible.
Student Ministries Pastor
Tim Brokke joined the staff of First Baptist in June of 2013. He graduated with his B.A. in Bible in May of 2012 and has continued working on his M.A. in Pastoral studies since that time. Tim met his beautiful wife, Emily, while traveling on a music ministry team in college. While in school, Tim had the privilege to serve as a part-time music/youth director at a church in Anderson, SC.
Tim’s main responsibilities at FBCR include shepherding the student ministry, as well as some oversight of corporate worship. Tim enjoys watching sports during his free time, especially NBA basketball!