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Contemporary Worship

Marty Carnes

Senior Pastor

Marty Carnes has served as our Pastor since November 1, 2023. Before then, he served as our Interim Pastor. Marty is a gifted communicator of God’s Word and leader who guiding to follow the Lord in the present and into the future. Marty is an effective planner as he strategically leads our ministry team to make disciples who make more disciples, or Christ-followers. Marty and his wife Cindy came to LaGrange from  Cleaveland, Georgia, where he formerly served Truett-McConnell University as Vice President for Advancement/Chief Strategy Officer.

Tom Farr

Tom Farr

Administrative Pastor

Tom wears many hats on our church staff, from leading in our Christian Bible education ministries and Discipleship to the day-to-day church operations. A graduate of the University of Georgia and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he loves serving the Lord and encouraging others to be the person God has created them to be.

Tom is married to Teresa, and they have three grown sons, and five grandchildren. When he is away from the office, he enjoys bicycling, genealogy, photography, and music. His favorite verse:

John 1:12 – “But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.”

Anthony Criswell

Worship & Music Pastor

Anthony’s favorite part of his job is helping all generations Worship God. He has been at FBC for 29 years and served in ministry for 39 years. He’s married to Rebecca, and they have two daughters, Libby and Milly, who are both students at Samford University. Outside of work, he enjoys travel, art and cooking! His favorite verse is:

Philippians 1:6 -“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Paul Knight

Family Pastor

Paul has two favorite parts of his job. 1: seeing people surrender their life to Jesus Christ. 2: Getting to help people be there for one another as Jesus commanded and the Apostles echoed. (John 13:34; 15:12, 17; Romans 12:10; 1 John 4:11; 1 Peter 3:8) He has been at FBC for nine months and served in ministry for 16 years. He is married to Gail and they have two daughters, Blythe and Eloise. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, football, and hanging out with his family. His favorite verse: 

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 – “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Matthew goodman

Student Pastor

Seeing a student’s entire life changed through a relationship with Jesus is Matthew’s favorite part of being a Student Pastor. Matthew is married to Jillian, and he enjoys live music, movies, video games, Saturdays at Sanford Stadium, reading a good book about WWII or space while drinking a good cup of coffee. His favorite verse:

Philippians 2:1-11 – “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

 

Paul Blair

Pastoral Care Minister

Paul served our church for many years as Minister of Music. After he retired in 2017, he later returned to serve as part-time Pastoral Care Minister. Paul helps with hospital visits and pastoral ministry, and he especially enjoys visiting, counseling, and singing. Paul and his wife, Sandy, have two sons and five grandchildren. His favorite verse:

Galatians 5: 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness and Faithfulness. Against such things there is no law.”

John Kim

Korean Mission Church Pastor

Visiting and fellowship are John’s favorite part of his job. He has been at FBC since 2022 and has served in ministry for 20 years. He is married to Michelle Ahn. They have a son, Eugene Kin, and a daughter, Eunice Kim. Outside of work he enjoys playing soccer. His favorite verse:

Philippians 4: 6&7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Madison Hacker

Communications Director

Madison has been on staff for 3 years. She is married to Sam Hacker and they are welcoming their first child in May. Outside of work she likes to read, run, golf with her husband, and spend time her with family. Her favorite verse is:

Colossians 3: 1-4 “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Rebecca Criswell

Music Ministry Assistant, Organist Music and Worship

People are Rebecca’s favorite part of her job. She loves serving alongside all ages of people from children to senior adults. Over the years she has served in various ministry capacities. She has been in her current role for a little over a year and has been a member of FBC for 26 years. She has been married to Anthony for 25 years and they have 2 daughters – Libby and Milly. Outside of work she loves word searches, sudoku, travel, and spending time with family. Her favorite verse:

2 Corinthians 4:17-18: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Jillian Goodman

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Jillian’s favorite part of her job is getting to know people and helping them in any way she can. She has been at FBC for eight months and served in ministry for two years. She is married to Matthew Goodman. They will celebrate their third year of marriage in February! Outside of work she loves wood burning, doing anything crafty, and cheering on the New York Yankees and the Georgia Bulldogs. Her favorite verse is:

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 

Carol Bradfield

Discipleship Associate 

Carol loves to help others know God more through the study of His Word and helping individuals connect and take the next step in their spiritual journey. Carol and her husband, Jim, joined the First Baptist family in January 1998. Carol has served in various capacities of ministry since she was 16. She and Jim have two sons, Joshua and Jacob. Outside of work she enjoys camping and fishing with her family and reading a good book with a hot cup of tea! Her favorite verse: 

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Diana Thomas

Ministry Support Staff

Amy Linskey

Ministry Support Staff

Amy’s favorite part of her job is interacting with Church members when they come in. She feels like this is a small way she is serving the church, by helping in the office. She has been at FBC since the Fall of 2016 and has been on staff for 8 months. She has been a teacher since 1999. She is married to her husband, John Linskey. Outside of work she loves to read and travel.  Her favorite verse:

James 1: 5-6 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Brittany Comerford

Director of Child Development Center

Brittany’s favorite part of her job is watching students grow up and building lifelong relationships with them and their families. Brittany and her husband, Matt, have four children- Mattie Ann, Logan, Luke, and Lila Grace. She loves spending time with her family and working on their Dairy Farm. Her favorite verse:

1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you!”

James Dempsey

Food Services Manager

Being able to serve others on a daily basis is James’ favorite part of his job.  He has been at FBC since 1988, and he and his wife, Tina, have two sons, Logan and Carson. James enjoys being with family, exercising, and working outside. His favorite verse:

Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”

Cord Carson

Facilities Manager

Margaret Williams

Director of Weekday Preschool

Margaret’s favorite part of her job is watching children grow and learn about Jesus. She has been a member for 31 years and has been on staff for 10 years. She and her husband, Jim, have three children- Emma, Andrew, and Preston, and she enjoys spending time with her family and their animals. Her favorite verse:

James 1:2-8 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Angela Seymour

Assistant of Weekday Preschool Director

Joy Poole

Family Ministry Assistant