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Brandon James

Family Pastor

Brandon grew up in Bolivar, TN and during Summer Camp his junior year of high school sensed God’s call to full time ministry. His passion for Christ and ministry only grew from the influence of key individuals during his time at Union University. After graduating in 2003, Brandon moved to Hendersonville to serve as a youth intern. In January 2006 he became the Middle School Pastor at FBC Hendersonville. Four years later he and his wife moved to the Dominican Republic to serve as missionaries. In January 2012 God called Brandon back to Hendersonville to serve as the Director of Student Ministry and High School Pastor. Brandon holds a Bachelor degree in Christian Studies from Union University and a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Brandon loves spending time with his incredible wife, and two kids. In his free time he loves playing tennis, wakeboarding, and snow skiing.

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John King

John King Wave Camp Director John King was born and raised in Hendersonville and grew up attending First Baptist Church. John was introduced to youth camping in 2000 when he began working as a counselor at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan in Antioch, TN. He served the camp and...

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Lori Schirg

Lori Schirg Ministry Specialist for Older Preschoolers Lori grew up in Middle Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee where she earned her Bachelors in Child Development and her Masters in Early Childhood Education. She met her husband Brandon at First...

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Beverly Gaia

Beverly Gaia Assistant Accompanist & Orchestra Librarian A native of Louisiana, Beverly earned a Music Theory degree from LSU and a Masters of Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  She came to Nashville to work as an Assistant Music Editor...

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Zyg Durski

Zyg Durski Organist Zyg began serving our church as the organist/keyboardist in May 2006. Prior to that he served as the organist at First Baptist Church, Gallatin, TN. Zyg studied organ performance and choral conducting at Boston University under George Faxon. He...

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Tammy Klapwyk

Tammy Klapwyk K-2nd Grade Children's Choir Coordinator This will mark Tammy’s 3rd year to serve as the Kindergarten-2nd grade Children's Choir Coordinator. Her job is to ensure the teachers have everything they need to teach Choir every week and to check on classes...

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Ranie Jones

Ranie Jones 3rd-5th Grade Children's Choir Coordinator Ranie Jones has been a member of FBC since 2002.  Over the years, she has been involved in Children’s choir, both preschool and 3rd-5th grade, taught Sunday School, been an administrative assistant, and...

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Meg Womack

Meg Womack Worship Ministry Assistant Margaret Womack only answers to Meg, since  “Margaret” is any number of friends and family members.  She married Vernon Womack, the absolute best man in the world, in 1993.  She followed his job transfers and ended up in...

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Linda Hobbs

Linda Hobbs Accounting/HR Specialist Shortly after moving to Hendersonville in 2001, Linda began working a few hours each week at FBC duplicating sermons on cassette tapes for homebound and other members. In the past 15 years, she has worked as media assistant as well...

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Kevin Dye

Kevin Dye Director of Orchestra Kevin is from Hendersonville, Tennessee has been a member of First Baptist for over 35 years. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Master of Music Degree from Austin Peay State...

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Gary Neeley

Gary Neeley Pianist Gary grew up in Madison, TN and currently lives in Goodlettsville, TN.  He graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He has been married to Suzanne for over 43 years. They owned and operated a florist for...

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Denise Patton

Denise Patton Director of Preschool: Children's Music Ministry Denise Patton has loved singing and serving in the Adult and Preschool/Children's Music Ministry since 2000.  She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in...

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Bria Slaughter

Bria Slaughter 3rd-5th Grade Children's Choir Coordinator Bria is a native of Nashville and grew up with a love for music. Bria is a military spouse with a passion for sharing the experiences & challenges of military families. Bria resides in Gallatin with her...

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Lisa Bates

Lisa Bates Ministry Specialist for Younger Preschoolers Lisa has been on staff for over thirteen years and loves the babies, teachers and staff members she gets to work so closely with each week.  She has been married to David for 32+ years, and they have three...

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Annette Brimm

Annette Brimm Ministry Specialist for Middle Preschoolers Annette Brimm has been married to her best friend, John, for over 27 years. They have two boys, James and Joshua. James graduated from Samford University in May 2016. Joshua is a sophomore attending Tenn. Tech....

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Dana Crotts

Dana Crotts Preschool Ministry Assistant Dana Crotts has been a member of FBCH for over 17 years. She has been happily married to Kerry Crotts for 23 years. They have 2 children: Kelsie, who is a nursing student, and Cameron, who is currently a student in high school....

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Melissa Payne

Melissa Payne Girl's Ministry Melissa was born and raised right here in Hendersonville, TN and has been a member of First Baptist since she was 7 years old. This was the time that she asked Jesus to come into her life and was baptized, but never imagined that God...

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Melissa Fudge

Melissa Fudge Middle School Ministry Assistant/Student Ministry Assimilation Coordinator Melissa grew up here in Hendersonville.  She has been a member of First Baptist since 2007 and started working in Children’s Ministry soon after.  In 2012, she began working with...

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Kelly McKinley

Kelly McKinley Middle School Associate Kelly was born and raised in Valdosta, GA and is truly southern through and through. While working at Winshape Camps she discovered that the Lord was calling her to full time ministry. During that season, she served on Staff at...

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Keiron Miles

Keiron Miles Middle School Associate Keiron grew up in Maryland as a kid and then lived in Georgia for high school and college. A graduate of Valdosta State University (GA), he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. During his college years, he worked on staff...

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Amy Corbin

Amy Corbin High School Ministry Assistant A native of Gallatin, TN, Amy earned a bachelor’s degree from Union University and a master’s degree from Cumberland University. She taught elementary school for 12 years and volunteered in the Student Ministry during that...

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