Council of Ministries
The Deacons are leaders of the church. They support the Pastor and his vision. They offer the Lord’s Supper to the congregation. They are also responsible for male baptismal candidates on the day of their baptism. Deacons also care for the members of the congregation. These men are servants of the church.
Deaconess are responsible for preparing the Lord’s Supper. They are also responsible for female baptismal candidates on the day of their baptism. Deaconess support the Pastor and assist the Deacons with the care of the members of the church.
This appointed board maintains the property's and handles all legal and financial aspects of the church.
Angels of Praise Dance Ministry
Worshipping and magnifying the Lord through interpretive dance.
Angels I :: Ages 17 to Adult
Angels II :: Children ages 6 to 11
Angels III :: Children ages 12 to 16
The Men’s Ministry prepares men spiritually to be leaders in their homes, church and community through Bible study, training, worship, fellowship and service.
Bulletin Board Resource Ministry
Displays information about First Baptist Church inside and outside our church building for all who come into the church.
Board of Christian Education
Persons responsible for envisioning, developing and implementing programs, classes and other educational opportunities for members/community to grow in their understanding of and appreciation for Christian faith.
Welcomes visitors and church family to worship.
New Members Ministry
Designed to help new convert or members know the seriousness and sacredness of their committment. They work to bring members face to face with the real meaning of church membership enlisting in active service for the Lord.
Reaching souls through American Sign Language (ASL). Interpreters are provided for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Fueling and Clothing Ministry
This ministry provides food, clothing and comfort to those in need. They provide spiritual and emotional support.
Lafiya Wellness Ministry
A holistic ministry of body, mind and spirit. We aim to educate and empower our church family to take responsibility for personal health and well being with optimal mental, physical and spiritual health. Open to all members including medical professionals of all disciplines.
Provides services related to the audio, visual, print, photography and telecommunications for our church family events.
First Baptist Music Department consists of seven choirs; two of which are signing choirs.
Providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are incarcerated as well as their families. Upon reentry to society, we are happy to make referrals to organizations that can assist them with obtaining a State ID or Driver's License, shelter, job training, assistance with finding employment and a Church family. All information is held strictly confidential.
Outreach ministry providing transportation to and from Sunday morning worship services. In addition this ministry facilitates rides for special activities such as Souls to the Polls, etc.
The welcoming body of the church. Our ministry provides a warm welcome and accommodating spirit to all visitors and congregation members alike.
Leaders & Servants
Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, Senior Servant
Reverend Jerome Johnson, Pastor
Reverend Patti Holt, Assistant to the Senior Servant for Christian Education
Reverend Lynel Beaty, Assistant to the Senior Servant for Families
Reverend Claude Leon Motley, Assistant to the Senior Servant for Visitation
Reverend Samuel Hodges , Armor Bearer
Reverend Tonya Hill, Director of Community Impact
Minister Allison Brinkley, Assistant to the Senior Servant for Music
Minister Marie Highbaugh, Minister for Missions
Minister Kenneth Allen, Minister for Outreach
Minister Michelle Fisher-Jones, Minister for Outreach
Brother Robert Letcher, Minister for Outreach
Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, Senior Minister
Rev. Jerome Johnson, Pastor
Michael Jones, Sr. Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Joseph Slash, Church Treasurer
Linda Jones, Financial Secretary
Anna Lucas Brown, Church Clerk
George Armstrong, Chairman of the Board of Deacons
Marcella Armstrong, Chairperson of the Board of Deaconesses
Stephanie Patterson, Church Administrator