Meet Our Ministers

Jay Wolf

Senior Pastor

Phone: 334.241.5121

Jay grew up in Georgetown, Texas where his dad was a rancher and businessman. He committed his life to Christ and by age 16 sensed the Lord's call to use his gifts to build God’s Kingdom. He attended Baylor University, New Orleans Seminary and his doctorate is from Southern Seminary in Kentucky. Jay and Mary Ruth have been blessed with four children. He came to First Baptist Montgomery initially in 1981 as the Associate Pastor. From 1984-1991 he served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia. Jay came to be the senior pastor of FBC Montgomery in 1991.

Chuck Ashley

Minister to Adults

Phone: 334.241.5161
Before coming to First Baptist Montgomery in March 1998, Chuck served as an officer in the United States Air Force for 27 years with an emphasis in education and training. Chuck has the privilege of encouraging and enabling adults at FBC to become more like Christ through Bible Study, Discipleship, Family Development, and Leadership Training. Chuck and his wife, Ann, have two married daughters, Jennifer Tillman and Angela Davidson and two grandsons, Jay,  Jack and Jett Davidson and one granddaugher, Sarah Ashley Tillman..

Mark Bethea

Associate Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism

Phone: 334.241.5133

Tim cearley

Minister of Community Ministries

Phone: 334.241.5141

Tim grew in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he accepted Jesus as his Savior at age 11, and was baptized with his twin brother, Tom. After studying civil engineering at NC State, he felt God’s call to be a missionary journeyman (a two year program of the IMB for college graduates). He served in Zimbabwe as a youth worker. God showed him that Africa was his place of service for the years ahead. He met Charlotte Cushing at Southwestern Seminary. They married in 1979, moved to Zimbabwe in 1983, and served with the IMB in five African countries over the next 33 years. He and Charlotte are the parents of 3 adult children. They returned to Montgomery in 2016 where God directed Tim into service with Community Ministries.

Ed Cleveland

Minister of Music

Phone: 334.241.5153

Ed has been on our staff since June 2011. He grew up in Homewood and is a graduate of Samford University and the University of Montevallo. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Lindsay and Patrick. Ed is a fourth generation member of First Baptist Montgomery. Prior to coming FBC, Ed was a bi-vocational minister of music and a full-time public school music teacher.  He retired from teaching after 26 years in and around the Birmingham area.

Kathy Cooper

Minister to Single Adults

Phone: 334.241.5125

Kathy has been on staff at First Baptist Montgomery since May 2000. She is a graduate of Huntingdon College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Social work. She holds a Master of Religious Education from New Orleans Theological Seminary. Kathy and her husband, Beau, have been active in ministries at First Baptist for many years.

Brian Gay

Minister of Missions

Phone: 334.241.5131
Brian came to FBC in November 2007. Brian is married to Kristi, and they have three children, Andrew, Eden, and Matthew. Brian is a graduate of Samford University and has a Master of Arts in Missiology from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian has a passion for making disciples of Christ in Montgomery and to the ends of the earth.

Kenny Hoomes

Associate Pastor for Spiritual Maturity/Senior Adults

Phone: 334.241.5182

Kenny has served at First Baptist Montgomery since August 2003.  Originally from Brewton, Kenny holds the Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mobile, the Master of Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry from South University College of Theology. He and his wife, Donna, have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.  For more than forty years Kenny has served churches across Alabama and has played an active role in the work of the local association and the state convention.  Kenny’s writings have appeared in numerous LifeWay Christian Resources since 1986. His writings have also appeared in Dimension: WMU Leadership Magazine and the Alabama Baptist state paper.

Josh jacobs

Associate Minister of Music 

Phone: 334.241.5153

Josh, who joined the staff  in July 2017, grew up with a passion for writing music and leading worship. He first accepted Christ when he was a child and was called into ministry in Spring of 2010.  As the son of a minister of music, this calling came naturally for Josh and is something he joyfully dedicates his life to every day.  In 2015 Josh received his Bachelor's Degree in Worship Leadership from Blue Mountain College where he met his wife Jessie. After graduating, Josh served as the minister of music at a church in Mississippi for two years. Josh and Jessie are expecting their first child, Zoey, due in May 2018.


Associate Minister to College Students

Phone: 334.241.5162

Justin joined our staff as College Intern in January 2013.  After serving for a year, Justin was brought on staff part time, but now serves full-time. Justin married Anslee in April 2014.  He is a graduate of Auburn University Montgomery where he studied Information Systems and is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Glen Leathers

Minister to Children

Phone: 334.241.5164
Glen came to First Baptist in January 2008. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development and he received a Master of Arts in Religious Education with an emphasis in Childhood Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Glen desires to “grow children up in the Lord so when they are old they will not depart from it.” He loves hanging out with children of all ages in hopes of pointing them to Christ. He and his wife, Lisa, have two boys, Jack and Mason, and a dog who thinks he is human named Gabbie.

Russell McCrory

Minister to Students

Phone: 334.241.5163

Russell, originally from Opelika, AL, came to know Christ as a child and was called into the ministry in the 10th grade. He graduated from Auburn University then received his M.Div from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. After serving in two churches across Alabama, Russell joined us as student minister in February 2011. He is married to Lyndsey Wheatley McCrory and has two daughters, Claire and Margaret Ann.


Minister to Preschool

Phone: 334.241.5166

Nancie attended the University of Alabama earning a degree in elementary education with specialization in special education. She has worked in children/preschool ministries in North Carolina, Texas and Alabama. She and her husband, Mark, have been members of FBC since 2009, serving in the preschool/children’s ministries as well as teaching in the young married class. They have two sons, John Mark and Hunter, and one grandson, Tate.

Patti Shoemaker

Church Administrator

Phone: 334.241.5181

Patti joined the First Baptist Montgomery staff as Church Administrator after serving in several churches in Alabama. She came with experience as Minister of Education and Youth as well as Minister of Education and Church Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo. She and her husband, Carey, have two sons, Tyler and Payton.

Amanda Smith

Communications Director

Phone: 334.241.5122
Amanda joined the First Baptist Montgomery staff as Communications Director in August 2006. She has been an active member of First Baptist Church since September 1999 and is responsible for all internal and external communications at FBC including printed materials, the web site, and the broadcast ministry. Originally from Tallassee, Amanda graduated from Auburn University with degrees in Public Relations and Graphic Design.

Amy Smith

Minister to Girls (Student Ministry)

Phone: 334.241.5129