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Sr. Pastor Eddie Nation was born in Paoli, Indiana but moved to Kentucky as a young boy. He enjoys cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and loves the outdoors. Brother Eddie feels a strong conviction to share his passion of Christ with others. For over 25 years he has been leading people to a closer relationship with Jesus. Brother Eddie holds both a Dr. of Ministry and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science from Campbellsville Universty, and a Diploma in Christian Ministry from Boyce Bible School. Contact Eddie.

Gary Hardin

Associate Pastor

Gary, a native of Alabama, has served churches as pastor in Alabama, Michigan, and Kentucky. Gary served for nine years with Lifeway Chrisitian Resources as a curriculum, magazine, and book editor. Gary holda s Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminiary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Gary is the author of two books, "He is All I Need: the 23rd Psalm for Today," and "Every Day Can Be a Great Day: Convincing Promises from Psalm 34," both published by Xulon Press. Gary writes a blog, Hope Discovered at Gary is maried to Linda. Contact Gary.

Lance Hughes

Student Minister

Lance joined FBC in October 2016. Contact Lance.

Jeremy Deaton

Children's Minister

Dr. Jeremy Deaton is a native of Cherokee County and has served at FBC since 2013. He and his wife Hannah have a daughter, Ruby Jo and two godchildren, Dakota and Mary Kate. Jeremy graduated from Auburn University in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Animal and Dairy sciences and in 2013 with honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Jeremy is associate partner at Nichols Animal Hospital in Centre, as well as owner of Deaton Veterinary services, a missions veterinary clinic.

Dr. Deaton has served as the Cherokee County Coroner since 2014 and was named a collaborating instructor at Auburn University in 2016. Jeremy's vision is to share the love of Christ through veterinary medicine and Children's Ministry. Contact Jeremy.

Randy Rainey

Minister of Music and Media

Sheila Barrett

ROC Administrator

Sheila has served as the Recreational Outreach Center Administrator since 2004. She is responsible for the scheduling and general operation of the ROC campus. If you are interested in renting the ROC or hosting a special event Sheila is the one to contact. Contact Sheila.

Tina McCord

Office Manager

Tina has been with FBC since 1997, and serves as the financial secretary and administrative assistant to the senior pastor. Tina holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Jacksonville State University, and is a Cherokee County native. Contact Tina.

Rhonda McDonald

Ministerial Assistant

Rhonda joined FBC in October of 2016 serving as Ministerial Assistant. Rhonda works on church publications, the weekly Media Shout presentations, works with the Children and Youth Ministers, and is the Awana Sparks Director. Contact Rhonda

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