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Terry Richardson

Minister of Worship & Senior Adults

Hi, my name is Terry Richardson and I am the Minister of Music and Senior Adults here at First Baptist. I began my ministry here at FBC in October of 2013.

I am a native of Tupelo, Mississippi. I have four daughters, two of whom still live in Mississippi with their families. Brooke Marlar (married to Brad) is my oldest and has three daughters, and Blake Daniel is my next daughter who has a son and a daughter. Sadie and Ella are still in school and are here with me. I am blessed with a big family!

I became a Christian when I was 19 in my home church but did not answer the call God placed in my heart to be a Worship Leader until 2006. Since then, our family has been blown away by the path He has taken us on! We are so blessed to worship our Great God!

My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Mary Yates

Children's Coordinator

Hello. My name is Mary Yates and I have served as the Children’s Coordinator at First Baptist Church since July 2006. My family and I have been faithful members of First Baptist since 1998. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior as a child and know how important it is to share the Gospel and nurture children in their faith.

I have been married to my husband Tim since 1987 and we have three sons, Kenton, who is married to Brandi, Aaron, and Jeremy. I am also a Registered Nurse and work a couple of days a month at a Crisis Pregnancy Center.

My mission statement that the Lord has given me for the children of First Baptist Church is very simple: that the children will know Him as Savior and Lord and learn how to make Him known to others.

One of my favorite Scripture verses is Jeremiah 29:11-13:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Pam Hazlegrove


Melissa Gatlin


Teresa Kirk


Dylan Hill

Youth and Activities

Dr. Charles Pratt

Interim Pastor

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