Maranatha Baptist Church

Sebring, FL


Sunday School - 9:00 a.m.

Morning Worship - 10:15 a.m.

Evening Worship - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Prayer Service
            - 6:00 p.m.



Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.


35 Maranatha Boulevard
Sebring, Florida 33870

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Interim Pastor:  Dr. Ernie Schmidt


Dr. Ernie Schmidt


Dr. Ernie Schmidt began serving as Interim Pastor in March of 2020.  He was born and raised in north central Illinois where he was saved as a teenager.  He graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College then received his M. Div. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.  He enjoys both the roles of pastor and of teacher.  He served as pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Lindstrom, MN, Chisago Lakes Baptist Church in Chisago, MN, Grace Baptist Church in Owatonna, MN, Bozeman Baptist Church in Bozeman, MT, Parkers Lake Baptist Church in Plymouth, MN, Sterling Baptist Church in Sterling, AK, and Community Baptist Church in Ankeny, IA.   He taught at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Northland Baptist Bible College, and Faith Baptist Theological Seminary where he also served as Dean and then later as Interim President.


Ernie has also enjoyed teaching on site in the Bible lands. He led two tours to Greece and Turkey where he visited the sites of Paul’s second missionary journey and the seven churches of Revelation. He led 17 tours to Israel sometimes including Jordan and/or Egypt in the tours.


Ernie and his wife Gen enjoy reading and spending time with their two children and their spouses Cyndie (David) Mumford and John (Stacy) Schmidt. Their lives are enriched by their six grandchildren, one of whom is married.




Administrative Pastor:  Rev. Dwight Turbett


Rev. Dwight Turbett Administrative Pastor

Rev. Dwight Turbett has been involved in full-time and part-time ministry for over 40 years.  His ministry began during his Bible College and Seminary training years in the areas of youth, music, and preaching.  He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, South America into a missionary family serving in Ecuador.  Upon returning to the USA, his family settled in St. Cloud, MN.   He was saved as a boy of 8 years at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, MN.  He was baptized by immersion shortly after and was brought into the membership of the church there.


After graduating from White Bear Lake High School he attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (1965-1969).  Then he attended Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis (1969-1974).  From 1974 until the present, his ministry experience has included the Pastoral Ministry, Assistant Pastor, School Administrator, and doing Interim Pastoral Work.


Dwight and his wife of 50 years, Cheryl, have 3 grown children and 10 delightful grandchildren.   Their two daughters are involved in church ministry.  One is a pastor’s wife.  One is a Christian School teacher.  Their son is in Law Enforcement.  All three of the families live in Michigan.


Dwight and Cheryl came to Maranatha village and Maranatha Baptist Church in June of 2018.  Dwight serves as Administrative Pastor. 



Associate Pastor:  Dr. Carl Barton


Dr. Carl Barton

Carl Barton serves as part-time associate pastor with his main responsibility being visitation.  Barton was born in Nauvoo, Alabama in 1941.  He married Selma Anderson Barton of Miami, Florida.  They have three daughters.  


Pastor Barton is retired from missionary work having lived in Liberia, West Africa, Australia, Zimbabwe, and before his retirement he worked in the US.  All of his years of ministry were with Baptist Mid-Missions, Cleveland, Ohio.  


Pastor Barton has a B.A. from Tennessee Temple University, a M.R.E from Temple Baptist Seminary and a D.Min from Luther Rice Seminary.


He very much enjoys his ministry with Maranatha Baptist Church.





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