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Rev. Barrett Owen

Senior Pastor

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Before joining FBC in 2022, Barrett was the much loved Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Waynesboro, VA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, a Master of Divinity in Congregational Ministry from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, and a Master of Theology in Homiletics from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Decatur, GA.

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Dr. Jim Everette

Associate Pastor Connection & Care

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I have been a member of FBC Wilmington’s staff since 1990. I served as the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Drexel, NC prior to coming to joining the FBC-Wilmington team. Lisa and I were married in 1983. Our two grown children, Jonathan and Megan are married and we are blessed with a granddaughter, Everette Elizabeth Barbour and two grandsons, Brooks Phillip Everette and James Douglas Barbour III.

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Rev. Jayne Davis

Associate Pastor Discipleship

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Before joining the FBC staff in 2001, I was the Executive Director for the New Hanover County Partnership for Children (Smart Start), Good Shepherd House Administrative Director and Coalition for the Homeless (NYC) Assistant Director. I am married to Wes Davis. We have four children, Kayla, Christian, Meredith, and Annie.

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Rev. John Daniels III

Minister of Administration

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I served at FBC Waynesville, NC for 21 years before coming to FBC Wilmington in 2015.  My wife, Melinda, and I were college sweethearts and have been married for over thirty years. We have two adult children, Erin and John, IV (Jay)

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Rev. Becca Jones

Minister to Children

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After serving at FBC Augusta, Georgia for nine years, I joined the FBC Wilmington staff in 2016. I am married to Andy, who is also a minister. We have four kids.

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Rev. Gavin Spell

Minister to Students

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Before coming to FBC Wilmington, I served as a Minister to Youth and Families at a church in Raleigh. My wife Haley and I are so excited to be a part of the FBC church family.

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Steven Thomason

Minister of Traditional Worship

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God has blessed me in many ways throughout my life – especially since 2015 when I joined the ministerial team at First Baptist! I completed my Masters of Church Music from Campbell Divinity School in 2020.

Anna, my wife, and I love Kilwins in downtown Wilmington, walks along the riverfront, and dogs of all shapes and sizes. She is also a worship minister and we enjoy leading worship together!

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John Kimbrough

Minister of Modern Worship

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I served as a Worship Leader at The Church at Sterchi Hills, and as the Development Officer & Grant Writer at Carson Newman College. I joined the FBC Wilmington team in 2017. My grandparents were music missionaries in Brazil and my mom’s father was a church minister his whole life.  My wife Muriel and I met in college.  We recently adopted a dog named Perdy.

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Patrick Griffin

Interim Director of Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry

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After graduating from Campbell University Divinity School, I officially joined the FBC Wilmington staff in the fall of 2021. While in seminary, I served in the Student Ministry at FBC. I grew up in Wilmington and FBC Wilmington has played a major role in my life and the development of my faith.

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Dr. Jim Baldwin

Minister to Senior Adults

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Before coming to First Baptist as the Minister to Senior Adults, I served as the pastor of three churches across North Carolina over the last 36 years.  My wife, ENan and I returned to Wilmington, my home town, several years ago to continue our ministry.  We share a deep passion and heart for missions and love serving others. We enjoy walking on the beach, visiting with grandchildren, traveling to new places, and hosting friends on our back porch.

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Amanda Norris

FBC Christian Preschool Director

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Since 2006, I have served as the director of the First Baptist Christian Preschool. I grew up in First Baptist Church and have loved raising my two children, Connor and Madison in my childhood church. Recently we celebrated the wedding of our daughter Madison, and welcomed a new son, Jonathan, into our family.

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Melissa Sutton-Seng

Interim Director of Missional Engagement

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After three years living in Southeast Asia and eight years in California, I returned to Wilmington, my hometown, in 2018 and joined the FBC staff in the summer of 2021. My husband, Chris, and I enjoy travel, books, and good coffee.

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Jerry Tyson

Activities Center Coordinator

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After working for Duke Energy for thirty-eight years, I retired in January 2018. During the interim, I worked a few part-time jobs and kept myself busy with home projects. I love being a member of the Chancel Choir and Security Team and felt called to expand my serving by joining the Tuesday Night Feeding Team, the Missions and Ministry Committee, and the Diaconate. I am thankful for another opportunity to serve God in a new role, welcoming all those that will come through the doors of the Activities Center will the love of Christ.

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Dave Ellegood

Director of Facilities

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Savannah Dougherty

Communications Coordinator

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Before joining the FBC Staff in 2021, I was an administrative assistant at UNCW. I met my husband Trevor in college through our mutual love for theatre and arts, and we were married in October of 2020. We are avid readers and love spending quiet weekends at home with our cat Mr. Socks. If we aren’t reading, you can find us in the theatre (on stage, backstage, or just enjoying the show) or playing board games with friends.

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Laura Abrams

Administrative Assistant Sr. Pastor and Connection & Care

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Before joining the FBC staff in 2022, I was an elementary educator, both here in Wilmington and in Chapel Hill. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Kyle, and we have two children who keep us on our toes! I was born and raised in Wilmington and grew up here at FBC. I am absolutely thrilled to be working at a place that is so special to me.

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Greer Taylor

Ministry Assistant to Worship

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I grew up mostly in North Carolina and have been attending FBC Wilmington with my family since 2011. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2020 and moved back to Wilmington. I love archaeology and hope to work in a museum at some point in my life. I also enjoy listening to music and watching movies with my friends.

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Ginger Powers

Assistant for Discipleship and Missions

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After serving for many years in church program ministries, I joined the FBC staff in early 2018.  My husband, Keith, and I have two adult children and enjoy any opportunity to spend time with them.  We also enjoy hiking and UNC sports.

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Natalia Montagano

Business Manager/Bookkeeper

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I am an accomplished Office Manager, skilled in a host of daily accounting functions, including payroll and QuickBooks. I attended Quinnipiac University for Accounting, and have a diverse background in non-profits, business operations, program management, training, and marketing. Most recently, I worked at Cape Fear Community College, in the Registrar’s office.

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