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Ministerial Staff

Dr. Frank R. Lewis

Dr. Frank R. Lewis

Senior Pastor

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  • Education: Samford University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Experience: Founding Pastor of Green Valley Baptist Church, Henderson, Nevada, Preaching and Worship Consultant –The Baptist Sunday School Board
  • Family: I’m married to Lori, proud father of Lauren and Gregory.
  • What kind of music do you listen to?  Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Keith Getty, Classic Hymns for Studying
  • Do you have any hobbies?  I love martial arts and fitness exercise.
  • Have you ever won anything? I won the Senior Men’s Southeast Regional US Taekwondo Sparring Competition in 2008.
  • Why do you like Nashville First Baptist Church. Our people are kind, supportive, non-judgmental, encouraging, and loving.
  • Do you have a life verse?  There are too many to list, but I love Exodus 14:14, Psalm 46:1 and 10, and Revelation 1:16.
  • What’s the most incredible view you’ve ever seen?  Denali, Alaska (formerly known as Mount McKinley)
  • Are you handy at repairing things? Are you kidding…just give me a power tool!
  • Who did you first see live in concert? Rare Earth
  • Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? When I was younger, it was Michael J. Fox. A few years ago, people said it was Jeremy Renner. Do you agree? Both are nice comparisons — I’ll take them!
  • Do you have a favorite season? I love the fall, especially October.
  • What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life? Trust Christ!
  • If you could live to see one future event, what would it be? The Second Coming of Christ.
Amanda Poff

Amanda Poff

Senior Pastor's Assistant

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Education: Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Trevecca Nazarene University (2006)

Family: My husband, Benjamin, and I have a beautiful little girl named Evelyn. We love living in Nashville!

Where would you choose to live: by the ocean, in the mountains or in the woods? I would love to live by the ocean. The sound of the water and feel of the sand is to me the best kind of way to relax.

Have you ever won anything? Yes! I won a cruise. While on a cruise with my family, we entered a contest to win a free cruise at a later point, and our ticket was drawn. Cruising for free is an awesome way to vacation.

Do you have a favorite season? My favorite season is autumn. I LOVE the colors of the leaves and the crisp cool air. I wish it lasted a little longer.

What do you like on your pizza? All the meats! A meat lovers pizza with extra cheese and mushrooms. Yum!

What was your favorite TV show growing up? Reading rainbow was my favorite show with Levar Burton. I could follow that up with all the shows that came on Friday nights. TGIF – Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step, and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.

Lori Towns

Lori Towns

Executive Pastor's Assistant & Associate Adult Minister

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Gary Morgan

Gary Morgan

Interim Pastor of Fellowship on Broadway

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Joe A. Fitzpatrick

Joe A. Fitzpatrick

Worship & Music Pastor

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Education:  Master of Church Music Conducting and Voice, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; Bachelor of Music Education Trumpet and Voice, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Experience:  Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas:  Worship Pastor (1989-2009); Mandarin Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida:  Minister of Music (1985-1989); Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas:  Music Intern (1983-1984); First Baptist Church, Yale, Oklahoma:  Minister of Music (1976-1982).

Family: I am married to Gwenn Robertson Fitzpatrick and I have two children: Robert Sean and Melodie Marie.

Have you ever run a marathon? Yes, I have completed the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon on two occasions in honor of Ian Miller and have run a good number of half marathons.

Have you ever climbed a mountain?  I am making plans and training to climb The Half Dome at Yosemite National Park later this year.

Do you have a favorite season? I am a summer guy.  I love the outdoors, hanging out at the lake or beach, and all kinds of water sports.

Have you ever skydived? No, but it is definitely on my list of things to do.

What Scripture is speaking to you most right now?: Zephaniah 3:17 – “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

What is your favorite restaurant in Nashville?: The Cheesecake Factory and Germantown Café.

What is your favorite vacation destination?: The beach! Our family loves it.

Jason Cox

Jason Cox

Worship & Music Associate

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Education: Bachelor Of Music from Belmont University with an emphasis in Commercial Vocal Performance

Experience: Worship Leader and Artist in Residence at Providence Church, Knoxville TN, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood TN, FBC Morristown, Morristown TN, and Christ Presbyterian, Nashville TN. Staff Writer at Daywind Music Publishing.

Family: My wife’s name is Lena and we have a daughter named, Kennedy Lane.

The Scripture that is speaking to me right now: Isaiah 6:8

My favorite restaurant in Nashville: Anything BBQ or Mexican!

My favorite vacation destination is: Maui, HI

Laurie Hall

Laurie Hall

Music Assistant

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Kim Hester

Kim Hester

Church Pianist

 

Gwenn Fitzpatrick

Gwenn Fitzpatrick

Children's Choir Coordinator

 

Wesley Lankford

Wesley Lankford

Technical Director

 

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Education: Belmont University, Middle TN State University

Experience: Clinical Therapist, Author, Speaker – Nashville, TN; Counseling and Family Specialist – Tennessee Baptist Convention

Family: Married to Amber, blessed father of Drew and Caleb; two grandchildren

Do you have a hobby? ​I love to collect baseball and railroad memorabilia.

Do you have a favorite family memory? I loved coaching my sons in baseball and keeping lap/spilt times for my daughter when she ran the mile and two mile races in high school track.

Who has influenced you? Steve Haynes, my Young Life leader at Antioch High School, has been the most influential person in my life so far.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? My favorite verse is Joshua 1:8, “Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Have courage!”

Kenneth Varner

Kenneth Varner

Worship & Music Associate, Church Organist

 

Tony Rankin

Tony Rankin

Minister of Pastoral Care

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Matt Malone

Matt Malone

Receptionist & Pastoral Care Assistant

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Pam Stockett

Pam Stockett

Senior Adult Program Director

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Josh Hunter

Josh Hunter

Interim Student Minister

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Sarah Galloway

Sarah Galloway

Student Ministry Assistant

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Shannon Meadors

Shannon Meadors

Minister to Children

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Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1996 from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri; Masters degree in Christian Education in 2003 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas

Experience: I’ve been the Minister to Children at First Baptist Nashville since December 1, 2009. Previously, I served on staff at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas and Springfield Baptist Church in Springfield, Tennessee.

Family: My husband, Kyle, and I are the parents of two great kids – Jacob and Ava Lauren

Do you have a favorite book you’ve read? The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was the first book I ever read that I couldn’t put down.
 
What is the most exotic vacation you’ve taken? Kyle and I went to Culebra, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. The beaches were breathtaking!
 
What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to? I spent a month in Zimbabwe on mission the summer before my senior year of college. We went hut to hut with local missionaries sharing the gospel and planting a church. It was a wonder-filled life changing experience.
 
What pets do you have? I did not grow up with pets other than goldfish, but when our son was 6, he prayed for a dog everyday for a year. So, the Christmas after his 7th birthday, we finally caved. We have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Duke, and we love him.
 
What was your favorite TV show growing up? I loved 80s sitcoms … Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, Different Strokes.
 
What do you love about Nashville First? I love that we have a diverse multi-generational church with amazing Bible teaching.
Do you have a life verse? Philippians 1:20-21.
 
Do you know any good riddles or brain teasers? Tell one. What kind of flowers grow right under your nose? Tulips! (Two lips!)
 
What’s the most incredible view you’ve ever seen? The sky at night in Zimbabwe.
 
If you could be on any TV game show, which one would it be? Wheel of Fortune! The Price is Right is a close second.
 
Who was your most influential school teacher or Sunday School teacher, and why? Mrs. Rena Lilly because she loved me and loved God’s Word. She was my high school Sunday School teacher.
 
Do you play a musical instrument? I played the piano and oboe through college. I still tinker with the piano. One day I hope to pick the oboe up again.
 
What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life? You will never regret following Jesus.

 

Mary Bunn

Mary Bunn

Children's Ministry Assistant

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Administrative Staff

Charles Reynolds

Charles Reynolds

Business Administrator

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Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport

Security Director

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Matt Malone

Matt Malone

Receptionist & Pastoral Care Assistant

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Education: B.A. in Oral Commutations, minor in Public Relations, Lipscomb University, 2009

Experience: Special Events Supervisor, Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort; Part-Time Front Desk Receptionist, Nashville First Baptist Church

Family: My wife Carrie and I have two children: Sadie and Samuel.

What was your favorite TV show growing up? To this day, I would still say M*A*S*H. As a kid, I would sit at the foot of my father’s chair, or in his lap, and we would watch it every week.

How long have you lived in Nashville? More than ten years. I was born and raised in Memphis.

What’s the one dish you absolutely, positively will never, ever eat? Boiled okra! I am from the South and there are a lot of southern foods I don’t eat, but boiled okra takes the cake.

Which museum is your absolute favorite? Which are you dying to go to? The Louvre Museum in Paris. It is so big that I need to go back to finish looking around.

If you could live to see one future event, what would it be? Haley’s Comet. As a child, I remember seeing it. When it returns in 2061, I will be 89 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

Myra Mathis

Myra Mathis

Business Assistant

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Marissa Moore

Marissa Moore

First Preschool Director

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Angie Poore

Angie Poore

Director of Food Services

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Katie Shull

Katie Shull

Communications

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Marilu White

Marilu White

Finance Assistant

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Custodial & Food Service Staff

Israel Garcia

Israel Garcia

Facilities Manager

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Rosa Estevez

Rosa Estevez

Housekeeper

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Jacqueline Garcia

Jacqueline Garcia

Cook

615.664.6075

Ruben Herrera-Rodriguez

Ruben Herrera-Rodriguez

Custodian

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Michael Valentine

Michael Valentine

Custodian

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Vi Wilks

Vi Wilks

Cook

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