Barry has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church since February 1991. He received his bachelors degree in Religion from Mississippi College and his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Denise, have two children, Patrick Corbett and Sarah Parrish (Daniel), and five grandchildren, Martin, Barry, Beverly, Langston, and Dorothy. 

His vision verse for his ministry is Acts 20:20: You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.

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Mark Parnell

Associate Pastor

Mark has served on staff at FBC since July 1997. He was raised in Durham, North Carolina, and holds degrees from Mars Hill College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Treva, have three children, Rachel Cox (Nick), Kayla Hatcher (Michael), and Nathan Parnell (Emily), and eight grandchildren, Gabe, Wyatt, Mavrick, Blakely, Charles, Malachi, Sutton, and Ryan.

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Worship PASTOR

Chris joined the staff at FBC in July 2018 as the Music and Worship Pastor.  He received his bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Mississippi State University and his Master of Education from Eastern New Mexico University.  He was licensed into music and youth ministry in 2006 and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 2013.  He and his wife, Courtney, have three children, Lillie, Avie Grace, and Finley.

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Nathan joined the staff in January 2019 as the Student Pastor.  He and his wife Amber have two children, Zachary and LynnLee.  Nathan received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2009.  Nathan felt the call to the ministry at a young age, but surrendered to the call after finishing college.  Nathan and Amber have been serving in the ministry together since they were married in October of 2009.  Nathan is pursuing further education through online courses at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.   

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Nicole joined our staff as Director of Children and Family Ministry in January 2020.  She grew up in Huntsville, AL.  Nicole holds an undergraduate degree from Blue Mountain College and a masters degree in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Nicole has also served overseas with the International Mission Board.  She and her husband, Alex, have three children, Timothy, Elias, and Geneva Grace.  

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Pam Comfort

church/pastor ministry Assistant

Pam has been a member of FBC since 1973 and joined our staff in December of 2012. She and her husband, Joe, have two children, Morgan Sirmon (Cole) and Justin Comfort (Erica), and two grandchildren, Parker and Molly.

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Tracy Harthcock

Financial ministry Assistant

Tracy has been a member of FBC since 1998 and employed as the financial secretary since December 2003. She and her husband, Mitchell, have two children, Blake Harthcock (Mallory) and Chelsea Harthcock.

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Educational Ministry Assistant

Elise joined our staff in June 2020.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Union University in Public Relations.  Her husband, Reeves, is the pastor of McCool Baptist Church.  They began their ministry in McCool in December 2019.  Elise and Reeves have one daughter.

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Merrell Pennington

Maintenance Supervisor

Merrell has been a member of FBC since 1982 and employed as Maintenance Supervisor since February 2008. He and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kim Tobin (Gregg) and Jonathan Pennington (Katie), and five grandchildren, Colby, Ryan, Abby, Reed, and Katherine.

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