George Pirt

Pastor George Pirt grew up in Bushnell, Florida.  As a child, he was brought to church through the bus ministry of St. Catherine Baptist Church of Bushnell.  He was exposed to the Gospel and received Christ at a youth rally when he was thirteen years old.  It was also at St. Catherine that he met his wife Michele.  After graduating from high school, Pastor Pirt joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and honorably served from 1996 to 2000.  He and Mrs. Pirt were married in September of 1997.

In 2000, Pastor Pirt returned to St. Catherine Baptist Church and served in various roles, helping the church of grow.  In 2006, St. Catherine Baptist Church called this former bus kid to be the pastor.  From 2006 to 2010, the church experienced great growth.

In March 2010, Pastor Pirt accepted the call to become the pastor of West Gate Baptist Church.  Under his leadership, West Gate Baptist Church has seen tremendous growth in the Sunday schools as well as the bus ministry.  Pastor Pirt has a strong desire to reach the Tampa Bay area, our country, and the world, for Jesus Christ.  West Gate is blessed to have a pastor who continues West Gate's tradition of Bible preaching, local church planting, and a love for souls. 

The Pirts have four children: Matthew, Hannah, Jonathan, and Levi.

Barry Nixon

Dean of Students

Academic Counselor

Bro. Nixon grew up in Williamston, Michigan, where he graduated from the local High School in 1969.  Because of his close family ties, he decided to attend nearby Ferris State University and study pharmacy.  It was during that first year of college that secular teaching really had an influence on his life, especially in the area of religion.  One of his professors spent more time talking about his agnosticism than teaching the class.  Bro. Nixon decided this belief in God was right--maybe God was real, maybe God was not.  A short time later he spoke with his girlfriend and her pastor, and it was then that he trusted Christ as his Savior.

He later married that girlfriend, and together they have been involved in church work ever since.  After farming and working for UPS, he surrendered to preach and attended Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana, in 1988.  He graduated with his Pastor's Refresher degree in 1990.  He has also earned an Associate of Science degree from Ferris State University.  Upon graduation, Bro. Nixon was called to pastor Antrim Baptist Church in Byron, Michigan.  He served there for ten years and later pastored Shiloh Baptist Church in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  He has served in several different churches, including being an Assistant Pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Adrian, Michigan, and also taught in Christian schools.

Bro. and Mrs. Nixon have three grown children and nine grandchildren.