MINISTERIAL TEAM

Senior Pastor

Mark Bethea

Minister of Music

Ed Cleveland

Minister of Missions

Brian Gay

Minister to College Students & Single Adults

Ryan Gray

Associate Pastor for Spiritual Maturity/Senior Adults

Kenny Hoomes

Associate Pastor for Discipleship

Justin Law

Minister to Children

Glen Leathers

Minister to Students

Russell McCrory

Minister to Preschool

Nancie McQueen

Church Administrator

Patti Shoemaker

Communications Director

Amanda Smith

Associate Minister to Students

Jay Spivey

Senior Pastor

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, Helen Ann, and Nora Leigh
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:5-6
FUN FACT: First starting dating my wife, Brittany, in the sixth grade.

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 the 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 // Ella Glenn Lyon, granddaughter // Patrick Cleveland (Claire), son
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Psalm 100
FUN FACT: I enjoy our grandson, fishing, woodworking, playing/watching basketball

Minister of Missions

Brian Gay

HOMETOWN: Various (grew up as an MK in Central and South America)
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University // Master of Arts in Missiology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: Growing up as a missionary kid allowed me to have multiple opportunities for both intellectual and spiritual growth. I became truly bilingual in Spanish and English at a very young age. I was also exposed to multiple cultures and experiences during my time in Mexico and Ecuador. My spiritual growth during this time was also considerable. As a teenager I had the opportunity to be mentored by my father in disciple making and missions. I participated and at times was even able to assist in disciple making programs on the field. Since 2007 I have now served as the minister of missions at FBC Montgomery. During this time God has continued to grow me through experience of leading the church to be on mission from Montgomery to the Nations.
FAMILY: Kristi (married in 2003) // Children: Andrew, Eden, Matthew
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:18-20
FUN FACT: Having grown up in Mexico, I love tacos and churros 🙂

Minister to College Students & Single Adults

Ryan Gray

Associate Pastor for Spiritual Maturity/Senior Adults

Kenny Hoomes

HOMETOWN: Brewton, Alabama
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s University of Mobile; Master’s New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry South University College of Theology
MINISTRY PREPARATION/EXPERIENCES: I was called into the ministry as a senior in high school and have had the privilege of serving on staff at six different churches.  I have also been blessed to play an active role in the local association and the state convention and written for LifeWay Christian Resources since 1986.
FAMILY: My wife, Donna and I have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. I’ll be glad to show you pictures of the grands!
LIFE VERSE/FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17
FUN FACT: I enjoy working on and collecting antique clocks.

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!

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!!

Minister to Students

Russell McCrory

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.

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

Communications Director

Amanda Smith

Associate Minister to Students

Jay Spivey