Barry has served as Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church since 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 (Jennie Lynn) and Sarah Parrish (Daniel), and two grandchildren named Martin and Barry. 

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 as a minister on staff at FBC for almost 17 years. 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 as well as two grandchildren with another on the way!

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David Blackwell

Worship Pastor

David has been the Worship Pastor at FBC since 2007. His wife, Shelli, is a talented vocalist. He has two children: a daughter, Ashlee Kate, and a son, Merritt. David loves playing the piano and enjoys reading and spending time with his family. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master in Music in 1987 and obtained a Bachelors of Music from William Carey College in 1982.

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Karen Putt

Family Minister

Karen has been a member of FBC for 18 years. 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: Lindsey Dickerson (Jeremy) and Taylor. They have two grandchildren, Maklynlee and Brett.

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Pam Comfort

Administrative Assistant

Pam has been a member of FBC for the past 40 years and joined our staff in December of 2012. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for 31 years and they have two children, Morgan Sirmon (Cole) and Justin Comfort (Erica).

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Tracy Harthcock

Financial Administrative Assistant

Tracy has been a member of FBC since 1998 and employed as the financial secretary for 10 years. She and her husband, Mitchell, have two children: Blake and Chelsea.

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Jean Hudson

Educational Administrative Assistant

Jean moved to Kosciusko in 2001 and has served on staff for the past 10 years. She and her husband, Charlie have two children, David Hudson and Rae Anne Haffey. 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 1998. He and his wife, have two children, Kim Tobin (Gregg) and Jonathan Pennington (Katie), and five grandchildren: Colby, Ryan, Abby, Reed, and Katherine.

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  • Barbara King

    FBC Weekday Preschool Director

  • Talitha Douglas

    Church Hostess