GameDay Church is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Orange Park and the First Family Network.

Our Statement of Faith is the Baptist Faith & Message (2000).

Founded in 2015 by Pastor David Tarkington as a ministry to athletes and sports fans in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Our desire is to work alongside area churches and ministries to best reach and connect with sports fans throughout the community for the sake of Christ.


Dr. David Tarkington, Pastor and Founder

Dr. Tarkington surrendered his life to Jesus Christ in his fourth grade Sunday School class at Trinity Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. David's father was career Air Force, so he has lived in numerous states. He was born in west Tennessee, but has called Orange Park, Florida home since 1994. He attended Texas Wesleyan University for two years where he played on the basketball team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Educational Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Tracy and they have two adult children. Be sure to check out his blog at

Brian Borden, GameDay Minister

Brian Borden serves on the Leadership Team of the First Family Network. He serves as Men's Minister for our network of campuses and as the Association Campus Minister at Oak Harbor Baptist Church.  Brian has led our GameDay ministries since we began the ministry and is key in helping us continue to meet and provide church and Christian discipleship resources for those who attend and participate in GameDay Church.

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