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Russell C Cotnoir Jr

Senior pastor

Russ came to Fayette Baptist Church in 1988. Soon after, he received his BS degree (with a major in Bible) from New England Bible College, and founded First Light in 1996.

Russ’s passion is to communicate biblical truth in a relevant way to effect spiritual change through the pulpit ministry of FBC, First Light radio messages and outside speaking engagements at churches and events, men’s retreats and various conferences.

Russ and his wife Denise, have four adult children: Joshua, Aaron, Sarah, and Matthew, and five grandchildren: Emily, Abel, Connor, Ian and Lilah.

You can view Russ' call to ministry and doctrinal statement here

Henry Cooper

Associate Pastor

Henry is the Associate Pastor at FBC since 2006. He has earned degrees in Missionary Aviation, Pastoral Ministries B.A., and Biblical Counseling M.A. Along with pastoral duties, he oversees the ministry leaders, small groups, and the local and cross-cultural outreach efforts of FBC. He and his wife, Vicki, served as missionaries in Bolivia for 15 years. They have two adult children: Calvin (and his wife Katie) and Benjamin (and his wife Courtney) and live in Chesterville.

Chris Blanche

Pastor of Youth & Children's Ministries

Chris joined our staff in 2013 and serves as the Pastor of Youth and Children's ministries. He and his wife Jenn met at New England Bible College and were married in 1999. Prior to working in the local church as a youth minister, Chris taught in the public school as a Middle School Math Teacher. He and his wife have three boys (Caleb, Jordan, and Connor), two dogs (Riley and Gizmo), two cats (Rusty and Winter), and a hamster (Paige). They and their zoo live in Jay, Maine.

Jennifer Bero

Office Administrative Assistant

Jen is our Office Administrative Assistant. She has been with us since August 2014. She along with her husband Wally,and 3 of their boys Logan, Ryan and Vincent live Fayette. Their adult son Brandon (his wife Heather and thier daughter Zoey) live in Livermore Falls.

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