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.


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.


Matt funk, Student & Family Pastor

Matt Funk has been the Pastor of Students and Families at FBC since the spring of 2011.  He has a B.S. from Berry College and a Master's in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. Matt and his wife Kirstin have been married since 2004 and are the proud parents of two boys, Sam and Drew. Matt loves a good adventure, water sports, music, and movies, and along with the youth of FBC, they are the current Guinness World Record holder for the World’s Largest Whoopee Cushion.


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.


Taylor Lazenby, Pastoral Intern

Taylor has been serving as the Pastoral Intern since June 2018. 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.


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.


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 Certificate Program. Meagan married her husband, Joshua, this summer, and she enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.


john thompson, children's MINISTRY assistant

John Thompson has been the Children's Ministry Assistant at FBC 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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.