First Baptist Church has added Jake Murphy as the High School Minister and Chris Daniel as the Middle School Director to the Next Gen Team. Both will be leading on Wednesday nights. Cody Turner, our Next Gen Pastor will assume a supervisory, coaching role over the Next Gen team, which includes Ashley Medina, Amy Major, Beth Smythe.
Jake Murphy will serve as the High School Minister, teaching on Wednesday nights. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Preaching Ministry from Point University, completing three church internships throughout the degree. Currently, he attends Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary online, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He and his wife Paige have served in the Next Gen ministry as volunteers for almost two years, and Jake has also previously served two years as Youth Minister at Grace Baptist Church.
Jake’s favorite things are coffee, soccer, and his family. Jake and Paige reside in LaGrange and have two children, Mattison and Judah. They love taking walks on the Thread and discovering locally owned restaurants and coffee shops.
Chris Daniel will serve as Middle School Director, also leading on Wednesday nights. Chris has served as Youth Pastor at Clearview Chapel for six years, has served on mission trips to Haiti with Clearview as well as First Baptist on the Square, and has served at DNow. He is a teacher at Greenville Middle School and before that he taught eight years in a couple of elementary schools in the Troup County School System. Chris is married to Angel, who works for First Baptist Christian Preschool. Their son Mason attends our preschool program.
Chris loves to fish with his family and has a chicken farm with 50 chickens. He is a huge Alabama football fan and played college football for LaGrange College back in the day. He also likes Frisbee golf and ultimate Frisbee and would be glad to take on students in a pick-up game of basketball.