Meet Our Staff

David O'Dell, Pastor


 David was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. David loves to preach expositorily through the Word of God each week to the wonderful people of Second Baptist Jacksonville!  He is a graduate of Arkansas State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Second Baptist Jacksonville is the third church where David has served as Pastor. 

David is married to Heather and the Lord has blessed them with four wonderful children, Carter, Summer, Tilly and Story. He loves college football, hunting, and being with his family. 

Fun Fact: David loves the Georgia Bulldogs (yes, we're shaking our heads too, lol)

Birthday: November 25

Wedding Anniversary: January 5

Work Anniversary: February 9

Jonathan Shaw, Associate Pastor Music & Worship


A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Jonathan is passionate about seeing people worship and being transformed by being in God's presence. He is a graduate of Shorter College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Jonathan is married to Aleesa and they have one child, Abigail. He enjoys woodworking, music and spending time with family.

Fun Fact: Jonathan is a student of Spanish and loves ministering in Latin America.

Birthday: November 12

Wedding Anniversary: January 8

Work Anniversary: September 13

Ryan Cardona, Associate Pastor Students


Born and raised in Cabot, Arkansas, Ryan has served as associate pastor of students since 2017. His passion is watching  his students come to know Christ and develop a deeper relationship with Him. 


Ryan is married to Bridgette and they have two children,  Keegan & Keiki. In his free time, he enjoys golf.

Fun Fact: Ryan is also a police officer and security officer. (Secretly, he's Batman.)

Birthday: February 22

Wedding Anniversary: July 16

Work Anniversary: August 28

Lauren Dawejko, Preschool/Children’s Coordinator


  A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Lauren loves teaching children about the love and truth of Jesus Christ. She also enjoys ministering to mothers of young children, and helping them understand their purpose and as women in Christ. And she really likes silly songs and playing games with the kids! Lauren has a BA in History from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and has an education certification for 1st-6th grade through University of Maryland Asia Campus.

Lauren is married to Ed and they have three children, Kaden, Noah and Zachary. She enjoys studying history, related to the Bible, reading, having coffee with friends, traveling and hiking.


Fun Fact: Lauren and her family have lived in 22 countries - wow!! (Ed is a US Air Force survival instructor!) 

Birthday: September 17

Wedding Anniversary: October 11

Work Anniversary: March 14

Lisa Thomas, Administrative Assistant/Communications


  Lisa was born and raised in Arkansas City, Arkansas. She loves to share the story of God's work at Second Baptist and to reach out to others with the gospel through communications.She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Lisa is married to Keith and she has two step children, Olivia and Jameson, and two fabulous nephews, Johan and Liam. She enjoys crocheting, music, graphic design and spending time with family.

Fun Fact: Lisa served as a missionary in Poland and worked for the Arkansas Baptist News for 10 years. 

Birthday: December 21

Marriage Anniversary: October 12

Work Anniversary: October 21

Sharon Tucker, Financial Secretary


Though Sharon was born in Little Rock, she was raised in Kentucky. She loves the financial part of her job, especially when all the numbers come together and balance. She attended Sullivan Business College in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Sharon, who is widowed, was married for 48 years to her husband, Jim. She has 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 fantastic great grandchildren. She loves to travel.

Fun Fact: Sharon lived in Germany when she was a teenager. 

Birthday: June 22

Work Anniversary: January 6

Mark Harmon, Building/Maintenance


Mark was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. Mark’s responsibilities include anything related to building and maintenance. From cleaning the building to drywalling to cooking meals, he can do just about anything. He is passionate about doing his very best at his job. He served in the US Army for 27 years - 5 years of active duty and 22 years in the National Guard.


Mark is married to Jody and they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. His hobbies include deer hunting, camping, spending time with family and friends and decorating cakes.


Fun Fact: Mark is a master cake decorator and caterer. He and his family owned a bakery for many years. 

Birthday: November 18

Wedding Anniversary: November 5

Work Anniversary: March 1