Our Pastoral Staff


Pastor Kevin Folger

Senior Pastor

Pastor 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. Pastor Folger and his wife, Denise, have three children and ten grandchildren.


Peter Folger

Senior Associate

Pastor Peter 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 but continues to work with the young people of the church on a weekly basis. Brother Pete and his wife, Sandra, have four children.



Jack Beaver

Associate 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

Christian Education

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 moved to the church staff and became an associate pastor where he has been serving as the Director of Christian Education. Luke and his wife, Pam, have four children.



Bruce Witzke

Director of Outreach

On staff since August, 1978


Ron VanKirk

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 one child, Tanner.



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.


Dan Hershberger

Dan Hershberger

School Administrator

Dan is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College and holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration. After serving in the administration at PCC for five years, he and his wife started a small business and were involved in that business until the Lord led them to Cleveland Baptist Church and Heritage Christian School in June, 2014.

Dan and his wife Tabby have four children. One son is married and serving the Lord in California, another is attending Pensacola Christian College and the youngest two children attend Heritage Christian School.