Dr. Jensen Petersen is the Senior Pastor and Bible Teacher of First Baptist Church, Navarre, Florida. Dr. Petersen's passion is for people to have a salvific relationship with Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) The Messiah of Israel, King of kings, Lord of lords, Ruler of all Heaven and Earth, and to walk with Him, to love Him with all their hearts, souls and might, and to keep His commandments in love.
He takes his listeners deep into the backgrounds and meaning of the Scriptures and brings to light God’s eternal and applicable truths. Jensen’s desire mirrors Paul’s when he wrote, “Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” (Romans 10:1) Jensen was born-again at the age of five and followed his Lord in believer’s baptism by immersion. Later, he answered the Lord's call to preach and teach and has devoted himself to studying and living out the Holy Scriptures and sharing God's Word with others. As part of his devotion to study, Jensen has earned several degrees, one in Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri and both a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a speciality in Evangelism theology and methodology. Dr. Petersen still loves to learn and is fully devoted to life-long, deep study of the Holy Scriptures.
Dr. Petersen has a passion and love for his own people, the Hebrew people, and for people from every nation under heaven to know the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, who died and rose again for all and will forgive all who repent and call on the name of God for salvation. Married to his wife Stephanie, they have two young sons, Joseph and Joshua. Jensen and Stephanie and their sons share a call together to reach their world with the Gospel.