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Cody McNutt, senior pastor

Dr. Cody McNutt has been the senior pastor at First Baptist Church since the fall of 2013. He has a B.A. from the University of Arkansas, and an M.Div and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cody is married to Sally, and they have four beautiful daughters. In his spare time, Cody enjoys reading, landscaping, and playing golf.


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Tim Barnes, discipleship & Worship PAstor

Tim Barnes has been the Pastor of Worship at FBC since the fall of 2011. He has a B.M. from Furman University, and an M.Div/CM from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tim is married to Robin, and they have three adult children, two daughters and a son in the middle. In his spare time, Tim enjoys musical activities, reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends.


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Kris Foster, Children & Family Pastor

Pastor Kris Foster’s goal in ministry is to help parents be the primary disciple-makers of their children. With this goal in mind, he joined the staff of First Baptist Church as the Pastor of Children and Families in August of 2018. He has an M.A. from Columbia International University and an M.Div in Christian Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kristopher is married to his wife Andrea (who is the beauty and brains behind the operation), and they have four children, two boys and two girls. In his spare time, he likes cooking for his family or guests.


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Drew Garner, Student & Family Pastor

Drew is the Family Pastor to Middle and High School students here at First Baptist. Before coming to FBC, he served on staff in student and worship ministry roles for churches in Florida, South Carolina, and his home state of Georgia. Drew has been in full-time Student Ministry for 15 years but also enjoys being a part of our contemporary worship team. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brewton Parker College and his Master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you know Drew, you know that the best part about him is...his wife, Brittanie, who actually continues to raise him along with their four children: Ella Kay, Judah, Jhett, and Jaxon. Drew considers himself to be “just a big kid with back hair.”


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Obbie Todd, Haynes Creek Campus Pastor

Obbie Todd is the campus pastor at The Church at Haynes Creek. He is from Owensboro, Kentucky and is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky. He holds an M.Div. and a Th.M. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently a doctoral candidate in theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kelly have been married since 2012. They’re the proud parents of twins, Roman and Ruby. Obbie enjoys playing basketball, running, and reading American religious history.


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Taylor Lazenby, Associate pastor of discipleship & outreach

Taylor served as the Pastoral Intern in 2018 until he became the associate pastor of disicpleship and outreach. He graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2015 and is currently an M.Div student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his beautiful wife, Kayla, and is the father of Madelyn Grace. He enjoys reading, watching sports, and playing golf.


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jennie harper, senior pastor's assistant

Jennie Harper serves as the Assistant to the Senior Pastor and is honored to be a part of the church staff. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a B.S. in Marketing and Management. Jennie has been married to Ken Harper for 20 years and their daughter Shannon attends Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Jennie enjoys rummaging through antique and thrift stores looking for forgotten treasures as well as game nights with family and friends. Yahtzee and Mexican Train are two family favorites.


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Meagan Thompson, media & ministry assistant

Meagan Thompson has been the Media & Ministry Assistant since the summer of 2016. She has a Copy Editing Certificate from the University of California San Diego and is currently enrolled in their Creative Writing Program. Meagan is married to her husband, Joshua, and she enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.


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john thompson, missions coordinator

John Thompson has been the Missions Coordinator since the summer or 2018 after being the Children's Ministry Assistant since the fall of 2015. He has a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a Master's in Special Education from Georgia State, a Specialists in Education from the University of Georgia, and is currently working on his M.Div from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. John is married to Julie, and they have four beautiful children. In his spare time, John enjoys reading, gardening, and cross fit.


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Leigh ann harris, nursery coordinator

Leigh Ann Harris has been the Nursery Coordinator since the fall of 2014. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from The University of Georgia. Leigh Ann is married to Mike, and they have three children. In addition to spending time with her family, Leigh Ann enjoys running and cooking. 


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kemal joseph, facilities manager

Kemal Joseph is the new Facilities Manager at FBC. He attended the University of Tennessee and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. He has been married to Dee Joseph for 48 years and has two children, Matthew and Ashley, and has three grandchildren. He participates in the Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief and is in charge of our Helping Hands Ministry. He enjoys helping others and playing golf.


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julie harpe, first baptist academy director

Julie Harpe has been the Director of First Baptist Academy since July of 2005. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's in Education from Walden University. 

Julie and Scott married in 1998 and have 3 children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and being on the sidelines while they play sports, and she loves to read. Julie also sings in the Praise Band for FBC's 11:00 service on Sundays.


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patty cates, first baptist academy assistant director

Patty Cates has been with the First Baptist Academy since its conception in 2000. She attended The University of Georgia and graduated in 1984. She is married to Billy, and they have two sons, Austin and Kurtis. In her spare time, Patty enjoys landscape projects at her home and spending time with her family.


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donna hutchens, FINANCIAl secretary

Donna Hutchens has been the Financial Secretary of FBC since August of 2009.  She is the owner of Accounting Design, Inc.  Donna has been married to Ronnie for 25 years. Her hobbies include shopping and going to the firing range.