Our Staff

  • 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 (wife Brandi), Aaron, and Jeremy. I am a proud Nonna to my beautiful granddaughter, Izzy Yates. 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.” 

  • Terry "Tink" 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 our oldest and has three daughters, and Blake Daniel is our 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.” 

  • Dylan Hill

    Minister of Students & Education

    Hey y'all! My name is Dylan Hill and I am the Minister of Students and Education here at First Baptist Church. Previously, I worked at Bolivar Central High School as an English teacher and served as the head softball coach for five years. I was raised in this church and have been blessed through the ministries here all of my life. I gave my life to Christ at the age of 10 at a revival here at our church. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing God's great works in my life that has lead me to serve in the church that has done so much for me. I am a living testament to the faithfulness and love of our church. My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."

  • Pam Hazlegrove

    Financial Secretary

  • Melissa Gatlin

    Administrative Assistant

  • Teresa Kirk

    Administrative Assistant

    After 31 years of a career in education that I loved, God told this MiMi it was time for a change. I was always personally invested in my job as a teacher/assistant principal, so I really wanted my next job to be something else for which I was personally invested. God answered that with, "What better than my church?" He was right. I love my church family, and it is my privilege to serve them as part-time administrative assistant. My name is Teresa Kirk. I am a wife, mother of three girls and three son in laws, and MiMi to two awesome boys. It is my prayer that all will "Taste and see that the LORD is good." Psalm 34:8.