A Message from your Pastor Search Committee

Pastor Search Committee Sponsors Listening Sessions

The Pastor Search Committee appreciates all of the input from the survey.  We ended up with 210 surveys returned.  We have been reviewing all of the results and all of the written comments.  While we continue to search for our next pastor, we wanted to provide the opportunity for anyone to speak to the committee and open a dialog with the congregation.

We will be sponsoring some "Listening Sessions."  These will be informal discussions regarding our church and future pastor.  All sessions are currently scheduled to take place in the fellowship hall.  The sessions are spread out to try and provide everyone an opportunity to attend one of the sessions. We hope you will join us for one of these sessions. 

Sunday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 p.m. (childcare provided) 

Wednesday, July 13, 6:00 p.m. 

Sunday, July 17, 4:00 p.m. (childcare provided)


Hogan Brock - Summer Intern

First Baptist Church, Jefferson City has a long tradition of hiring interns to serve in our various ministries. We view ministerial internships as opportunities to allow young people explore their calling in ministry and to get their toes wet in church ministry. 

This summer, a FBC member, Hogan Brock will serve as our youth ministry intern. Hogan is a senior studying religion at Carson-Newman University. He is engaged to Rachel Clingenpeel, also a senior at CN. Hogan is active as a Faith and Justice Scholar, member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and served this past year as a Resident Assistant. His hometown is Rome, GA. 

We are excited to have Hogan serve this summer. He will attend the Celebration Singers Choir Tour, Passport Mission camp, and the New York mission trip. In addition to attending these trips he will also help with longterm youth ministry planning, leading devotions, building mentor relationships with our youth and assisting in visitations. 

         Rachel Clingenpeel & Hogan Brock

Hogan has been suffering with Crohn’s disease for over a year. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, which causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. Every few months Hogan has experienced abdominal pains sometimes sending him to the hospital. The past week has been especially difficult for him. This past week he went home to Rome, GA to have reparative surgery on his intestines. His doctor was able to remove a portion of his intestine that was causing the pain. Hopefully having this surgery will allow him a pain-free remission for the next ten years. 

As Hogan comes on board this summer we our church members will get to know him. Church members are encouraged to invite Hogan over for meals and fellowship. If you would like to get in touch with him you may do so through email - hsbrock40@gmail.com

Mossy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery

The church cemetery now has an informational sign. 

The church cemetery, located behind Sarah Swann Hall on the Carson-Newman campus now has an attractive sign that lists the names of all known persons buried there. It also has a short history of "our burial place" that dates from 1873. Take the time to walk through the cemetery grounds; it is very interesting. Four of our pastors are buried there, as well as several prominent pioneers in the community. 


Have you taken the time to familiarize yourself with the church’s mission statement? I like our statement because of its inclusiveness. It makes no difference if you are a young person, fresh on your faith journey, or a member who’s been worshipping in this church for decades, the mission statement is clear. We are all called because of how we’ve been changed in Jesus Christ. As a collective body “we are called to worship God, to share the Good News, to foster spiritual growth and to meet the needs of hurting people.”

Much prayer goes into the planning of the college ministry and youth ministry programs. This year I sensed God was calling our groups to go out and serve. A ministry that I value and have experience with is Metro Baptist Church in New York City. This small congregation actively serves the poor in their community year-round. They serve by feeding and clothing people in their community with their food pantry and clothes closet. They offer fresh food and food education through their rooftop garden, named the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project. They provide a safe place for children and youth at their after-school program. They do all of these ministries and more, but they do not do it alone. They can’t do it alone. They are a small congregation that offers opportunities for other churches to walk alongside them in their ministry. First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, will walk alongside them this March with our college students and again this summer with our youth group.

I will travel with 7 college students to Metro Baptist Church from March 5-12, during the Carson-Newman Spring Break. As a group, we will participate in the church’s Urban Immersion experience. This experience offers our group the opportunity to serve and learn, and to reflect on mission and ministry in an urban city. This trip will be eye-opening for our college students who mostly come from rural to mid-size towns. This mission trip will also offer our students the opportunity to grow closer to understanding their own sense of calling and response to God's mission. We cannot go on this trip without some expenses. Our college students are only required to pay $200 for their trip. This will pay for some of the necessary expenses like transportation, lodging, the coordination by Metro Baptist, as well as some food expenses. We are asking for more assistance from the church to help pay for the meals and expenses that aren't covered. Donations can be turned into the church office labeled "College Mission Trip." We thank our church and covet your prayers as we serve in New York City.

Eric Hasha

Minister of Youth and College Students