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 two children, Lillie and Avie Grace.

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Nathan joined the staff in January 2019.  He and his wife Amber have two children, Zachary and LynnLee.  

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Karen Putt

CHILDREN/Family Minister

Karen has been a member of FBC since 1998. She joined our staff as Children's/Family Minister in June 2014.  She received her Bachelors of Education from Mississippi University for Women and her Masters at Mississippi State University. She and her husband, Rodney, have two children, Lindsay Dickerson (Jeremy) and Taylor Putt (Sarah Beth) as well as two grandchildren, Makynlee and Brett.

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Pam Comfort

Administrative 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 one grandchild, Parker.

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Tracy Harthcock

Financial Administrative 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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Jean Hudson

Educational Administrative Assistant

Jean moved to Kosciusko in 2001 and has served on staff since January 2004.  She and her husband, Charlie, have two children, David Hudson (Christy) and Rae Anne Haffey (Jim). They are the proud grandparents of Ben, Sam, Wes, Kate, Hayley, and Hudson.

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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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    Child Care Ministry Director

    Contact:  662-289-6612

  • Talitha Douglas

    Church Hostess