​A Word from Dr. West

Nashville First Baptist Church, it is a joy to share with you a few of the most significant influences on my life and how they shape my approach to ministry.
I grew up at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and know the importance, honor, and tradition of being part of a legacy church. My time at Auburn University taught me about the formative college years and the importance of developing next generation leaders. Seven years of college and discipleship ministry at Providence Church in Raleigh ignited a passion for teaching, preaching, and disciple-making. Masters and PhD studies at Southeastern Seminary helped me know God deeply and love God passionately. These last five years of church planting in London have taught me the importance of evangelism and pioneering ministry in a diverse and multicultural global city.

My family and I are incredibly excited about the opportunity to join Nashville First. It is one of the true legacy churches in the SBC, known for being a ministry innovator while holding unswervingly to biblical orthodoxy. I look forward to leading the next season of ministry innovation while remaining connected to our doctrinal heritage. Nashville is a strategic crossroads—home to significant business, entertainment, and education. It is beyond exciting that you have chosen to stay in the city with a dedication to making disciples downtown. God loves cities, and your decision to stay reflects the heart of the God you serve.

I look forward to doing my part to help strengthen the children’s, student, adult discipleship (of every age), and music ministries of the church. God’s mission in Nashville means we must pioneer new ministries to business leaders, college students, and champion justice and mercy downtown. With hearts wholly committed to Jesus and risk-taking faith that aims to honor him, I believe we can see another movement of God in the church, spilling over into downtown and further abroad into the world. I know our God wants to see this happen because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The same God who has moved mightily at Nashville First in the past is the same one who can stir the hearts of His people again. Join me in praying: “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2). Or, simply put:
“Lord, do it again!”