MINISTERIAL STAFF

Pastor

Jay Wolf

HOMETOWN: Georgetown, Texas
EDUCATION: Baylor University // New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary // Doctorate of Ministries from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES:
Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco Texas // Faith Baptist Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan // Arnett Baptist in Gatesville, Texas // First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas // Memorial Baptist Church in Metairie, Louisiana // First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia // 31 years at the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama FAMILY: Mary Ruth Simmons Wolf (married 1977) // four children: Jay III (Katherine), Sarah (Jeremiah), Mary Austin (Andrew) and Alexandra // six grandchildren
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:1-2
FUN FACT: My activities for refreshment include Fishing, Hunting, Golf, and travel. I’ve been to all 50 states and 60 countries. I’m particularly fond of Texas Brisket BBQ and Blue Bell Ice Cream!

Phone:(334) 241-5121

Associate Minister of Outreach & Evangelism

Mark Bethea

HOMETOWN: Montgomery, Alabama
EDUCATION: Auburn University (Bachelor of Arts in Communication) // New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.)
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: Summer Youth Intern at First Baptist (2007-2008) // Student & Media Pastor at Christ Community Church (2010-2012) // Ordained at First Baptist 2011 // Acquisitions and Digital Editor at New Hope Publishers (2012-2017) // Pastor of Argo Baptist Church (2014-2017)
FAMILY: Brittany (married in 2010), Micah (3 years old), Helen Ann (1 year old)
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:5-6
FUN FACT: First starting dating my wife, Brittany, in the sixth grade.

Phone:(334) 241-5133

Minister of Music

Ed Cleveland

HOMETOWN: Homewood, Alabama
EDUCATION: Homewood High School (1980), Bachelor of Music Education at Samford University (1985), Master of Music Education at University of Montevallo (1992)
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: Minister of Music at South Avondale Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama // Minister of Music at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Shelby County, Alabama // Minister of Music at First Baptist Montgomery // Retired public school music educator for 26 years
FAMILY: Sharon Cleveland, wife // Lindsay Lyon (Nathan), daughter // John Mark Lyon, grandson // Patrick Cleveland (Claire), son
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Psalm 100
FUN FACT: I enjoy our grandson, fishing, woodworking, playing/watching basketball

Phone:(334) 241-5151

Minister to Single Adults

Kathy Cooper

HOMETOWN: Alexandria, Virginia
EDUCATION: Bachelors of Art in Psychology/ Sociology/Social Work from Huntingdon College // Master of Arts in Religious Education from New Orleans Theological Seminary
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: lifetime on mission with church planting parents // Active in all areas of ministry from early age // have traveled extensively leading many mission teams // counseling/social work for many years prior to coming to FBC
FAMILY: Beau, husband // 1 deaf dog // 4 cats
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:10
FUN FACT: My claim to fame is that I had a horrible bloody nose while waiting on a special tour of the White House with my High School SS teacher. Her husband was chief of military protocol and she led a ladies Bible study that included most of the First Ladies since Kennedy. I bled all over the fancy gold carpet in the private part of the White House and earned a trip to the President’s personal physician.

Phone:(334) 241-5125

Minister of Missions

Brian Gay

Phone:(334) 241-5131

Associate Minister to Students

Ryan Gray

Phone:(334) 241-5187

Associate Pastor for Spiritual Maturity/Senior Adults

Kenny Hoomes

Phone:(334) 241-5182

Associate Minister of Music

Josh Jacobs

Phone:(334) 241-5153

Associate Pastor for Discipleship

Justin Law

HOMETOWN: Titus, Alabama
EDUCATION: M.Div from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: College Minister
FAMILY: Anslee, wife // two children: Brantley and Mary Blake
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:52 — And Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man.
FUN FACT: Taco Bell is my favorite fast food!

Phone:(334) 241-5161

Minister to Children

Glen Leathers

HOMETOWN:  Newnan, Georgia
EDUCATION:  Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary // Bachelor of Human Sciences in Family & Child Development from Auburn University
MINISTRY EXPERIENCES: Hilldale Baptist Church (1999-2003) // First Baptist Brunswick (2003-2004) // Calvary Baptist Temple (2004-2007)
FAMILY: Lisa (wife) // two boys – Jack (10) Mason (6)
LIFE VERSE: Psalm 37:4
FUN FACT: I love ice cream!!

Phone:(334) 241-5164

Minister to Students

Russell McCrory

Phone:(334) 241-5163

Minister to Preschool

Nancie McQueen

HOMETOWN: Mobile, Alabama
EDUCATION: University of Alabama, Special Education/Early Childhood
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: Assistant Teacher for 2 years Oakhill School for Special Needs, Mobile, AL; Preschool Coordinator for  3 years at Champion Forest Baptist Church, Houston, Tx; Pre-k Teacher for 2 years at Tomball Baptist School, Tomball, Tx; Pre-k/Kindergarten Teacher at First Baptist Prattville for 12 years; Assistant to Education Minister for 7 1/12 years at Prattville First Baptist
FAMILY: Mark (husband); Children: John Mark married to Amanda; Hunter married to Dana w/ 3 children and one on the way in January 2020.
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do [no  matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
FUN FACT: I am the first girl of 5 children. My  brothers were allowed to name me and my younger sister. Our names came from characters from the original Mickey Mouse Club.

Phone:(334) 241-5166

Church Administrator

Patti Shoemaker

HOMETOWN: Steele, Alabama
EDUCATION: University of Montevallo
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: AL Baptist State Board of Missions Campus Minister Intern // Served at North Brewton Baptist Church and Dalraida Baptist Church (both as Student and Education Minister)
FAMILY: Cary, husband // Tyler and Payton, sons // Molly, Max, R.J. and Belle, the dogs
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 1:7
FUN FACT: Love following collegiate softball // enjoy baking and sharing those baked goods with others // but mostly love to spend time with my three boys

Phone:(334) 241-5181

Communications Director

Amanda Smith

Phone:(334) 241-5122

Minister to Girls

Amy Smith

Associate Minister to Students

Jay Spivey

Phone:(334) 241-5187