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John T. Jicka


What a privilege it is to be a part of the wonderful First Baptist Family. Sherry, Mili and I came to Bolivar in 2011 and we love this church very much.

I graduated from Union University in 1990 and continued my ministry preparation at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Southeastern Theological Seminary. Our little family has lived in lots of interesting places, but I will always claim Sheffield, Alabama as my hometown.

Jesus became my Lord and Savior when I was 7 years old and He has been the Light of my life ever since. If I had to give you a favorite verse, I would give you 1 Peter 1:8.

"Though you have not seen him, you love him;

and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy."

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, Aaron, and Jeremy. I am also a Registered Nurse.

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


Kyle Hutchinson

Minister of Students/Activities

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