Our Staff

First Baptist Church is blessed with a wonderful ministry and supportive staff. We believe the primary qualification for staff members is a growing spiritual walk with Jesus. You will find that every staff member loves Jesus and desires to serve His church to the best of their abilities.

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Dr. Jon Martin

Pastor

Office: 601.774.8144 Ext. 203
E-Mail:
Facebook: jonmartinfbc
Twitter: @jonmartinfbc
Instagram: @jonmartinfbc

Verse:

I thank my God in all my remembrances of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel form the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:3-6

Reading: 

You can keep up to date with Jon's readings by following him on GoodReads: 

 

Jon's books

The Burning Land
Sword Song
Lords of the North
Prepared to Preach: God's Work and Ours in Proclaiming His Word
God's Big Picture: Tracing the storyline of the Bible
The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World
Unburdened: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live Through You
The Missionary Fellowship of William Carey
Say It!: Celebrating Expository Preaching in the African American Tradition
Mississippi Mud: Southern Justice and the Dixie Mafia
Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There
We Have This Ministry: The Heart of the Pastor's Vocation
The Pale Horseman
The Last Kingdom
52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common Faith
Finding the Right Hills to Die on: The Case for Theological Triage
Leaders Eat Last
On Pastoring: A Short Guide to Living, Leading, and Ministering as a Pastor
On Preaching: Practical Advice for Effective Preaching
Preaching by the Book: Developing and Delivering Text-Driven Sermons


Jon Martin's favorite books »

Food:

Scallops and Blue Cheese

Movie:

Dead Poets Society, 1989

Television:

The Blacklist; Baseball; Football

Music:

The 90s on 9 and The Message

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Corbin Jenkins

Student/Missions Pastor

Office: 601.774.8144 Ext. 204
E-Mail:
Facebook: jinxuthmin
Twitter: @jinx_uthmin24
Instagram: @jinx_uthmin24

Verse:

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."  2nd Corinthians 5:7

Reading:

Something Needs to Change by David Platt

Food:

Jambalaya, Shrimp and Steak

Soft Drink:

Dr. Pepper (Is there really any other drink?)

Movie:

Star Wars (All of Them) and Twister

Television:

America's Got Talent, Sporting Events

Music:

Rock - Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red
Rap - KB, Trip Lee, Tedashii
Worship - Vertical Worship, Hillsong, Passion
Favorite Stations: Kicks 96, 97OKK and 97.9 the Buzz

 

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Stephen Bufkin

Minister of Music and Education

Office: 601.774.8144 Ext. 202
E-Mail:
Facebook: sbufkin
Twitter: @stevebufkin
Instagram: @sbufkin1

Verse:

"I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." Acts 20:24

Reading

The Will of God as a Way of Life by Jerry Sittser

Food:

Old Fashion (Sweetened Condensed Milk) Lemon Meringue Pie

Soft Drink:

Mt. Dew (Sometimes You Just Need a Little Energy)

Movie:

Indiana Jones (All of Them)

Television:

The Good Doctor

Music:

Worship - Passion Band, & Elevation Worship
Favorite Station: The Message

Things to Do:

Ride My Segway
Fly My Drone

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Deanna Rush

Children's Minister

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Paige Walton

Church Secretary

Office: 601.774.8144
E-Mail:
Facebook: pethridgewalton

Margaret Driskell

Financial Secretary

Office: 601.774.8144
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Margaret Rush

Contributions Secretary

Office: 601.774.8144
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Lori Willis

Custodian

Office: 601.774.8144
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