David Kitts - January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

We look forward to hearing David Kitts during the month of January.  David has earned a B.A. in religion and psychology from Carson-Newman College, a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and a Ph.D. in Church History and World Religions from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He lived overseas when he did doctoral work at Cambridge University, England (1995) and Oxford University, England (1997).  Dr. Kitts has ministered in churches in Tennessee, Kentuckyand Massachusetts.  For the last six years, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Carson-Newman University where he teaches evening courses in both World Religions and Missions.  Kitts works full-time as he supervises the Knoxville Police Department’s Special Crimes Unit.

 

Chad Hartsock - November 27

We look forward to Chad’s return to the pulpit again.  Chad is Associate Professor of Religion at Carson-Newman.  He joined the Religion faculty in 2008.  Chad has been a member of First Baptist nearly all of that time, along with his wife Ami and daughter Kaylin.  His primary teaching responsibilities include New Testament and Greek.  Chad is a ’99 Carson-Newman graduate, after which he attended Truett Seminary and Baylor University where he received both his master’s degree and doctoral degree.  Chad has served on church staffs as a youth minister for 10 years, helped to plant a church in Texas, and currently serves as a supply preacher in area churches on a regular basis.  Chad also officiates high school basketball and baseball in East Tennessee.

Christine Jones - October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Dr. Christine Jones will bring our messages during the month of October. She is the Associate Professor of Religion, teaches Introduction to the Old Testament, Faith, Freedom, and the Individual, and a variety of Old Testament electives. She earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies/Languages from Ouachita Baptist University, a M.Div. from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies/Old Testament from Baylor University. She joined Carson-Newman's Department of Religion in the fall of 2008. As a member of First Baptist Church Jefferson City, Christine currently teaches in the Agape and College Sunday Bible Study classes. In the past, she served on staff at churches in Arkansas and Texas in the areas of children and youth ministry. She occasionally provides pulpit supply for churches in East Tennessee and Kentucky. Christine lives in Jefferson City with her husband Greg and two daughters, Bethany and Kathryn. She enjoys reading, kayaking on the lake, baking sweet treats, and spending time with her family. 

Tiffany Triplett Henkel - September 18

Tiffany Triplett Henkel will be bringing our message on Sunday, September 18. Tiffany has served as Pastor of Metro Baptist Church in New York City for the past 11 years. She is also the Executive Director of Metro's community serving not-for-profit organization, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries. Prior to her ministry in New York City, Tiffany served on staff at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville and was an Adjunct Professor of Religion at Belmont University. If Tiffany looks familiar you may remember her as one of the speakers for the ordination service of John Mark Brown. Tiffany lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of NYC with her husband, Dan, and children, Hudson and Adelaide. We welcome Tiffany back to our pulpit this Sunday. 

Don Garner - August 21

We are fortunate to have Don Garner preach for us in August 21. Don has a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an M.Div. and Ph.D. in Old Testament studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and further study at Candler School of Theology and Duke Divinity School. Don joined the Carson-Newman faculty in 1980 and teaches Old Testament Introduction, Old Testament Prophets, and Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. He frequently is invited to speak in churches and has serves as interim pastor in Kentucky and Tennessee. He is certified as an Intentional Interim Minister. He has taught at two seminaries and has published one book and many articles about the Bible and Christian faith. Don especially enjoys "old" things like antique automobiles and doing archaeology in Jordan. Don and Vickie are the parents of three sons Aaron, Andrew, and Adam. 

Chad Hartsock - August 14 & 28

We welcome Chad Hartsock to preach for FBC on August 14 and 28. Dr. Chad Hartsock is Associate Professor of Religion at Carson-Newman. He joined the Religion faculty in 2008. Chad has been a member of First Baptist Church nearly all of that time, along with his wife Ami and daughter Kaylin (who turns 5 this month). His primary teaching responsibilities include New Testament and Greek. Chad is a '99 Carson-Newman graduate, after which he attended Truett Seminary and Baylor University where he received both his master's degree and doctoral degree. Chad has served on church in Texas, and currently serves as a supply preach in area churches on a regular basis. Chad also officiates high school basketball and baseball in East Tennessee. We are happy to welcome Chad into the pulpit this August.  

Dan Schumacher - June 19 & 26

Rev. Dan Schumacher is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Colorado Springs, CO where he has served for just over a year. Prior to this, he was the Associate Pastor/Pastoral Resident at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Richmond, VA, where he followed in Eric Hasha's shoes! As someone who grew up in Wyoming, Dan was excited to return to the Mountain West to serve FBC Colorado Springs. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, Dan began seminary at Princeton Theological Seminary and finished at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Dan has now been married to his high school sweetheart, Kristen, for almost 14 years. He loves fly fishing, hiking, running, and generally spending time outdoors. 

Tracy Hartman - June 12

Tracy Hartman serves as the Daniel O. Aleshire Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She has a B.A. from Carson-Newman College; and M.Div. from BTSR; a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Dr. Hartman was a member of the first class of M.Div. students at BTSR and won the Miller Award for Academic Achievement upon her graduation in 1995. Her graduate work at Union included ground-breaking research into the relationship between parish setting and preaching style for women pastors. Dr. Hartman teaches preaching and directs the seminary's Supervised Ministry and Doctor of Ministry programs. She served as preacher and preaching instructor for the First Annual Pastor's Conference at Baptist Theological Seminary at Zimbabwe. She is active in Baptist life and has served as staff member and interim pastor to several Virginia churches. She enjoys preaching throughout the region. 

Ross Brummett - May 22

Ross Brummett has a B.A. from Ouachita Baptist University, and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He joined the Carson-Newman faculty in 1987, where for many years he taught a wide-range of courses, particularly in theology and spiritual formation.  Additionally, he has served numerous East Tennessee churches as interim pastor or supply preacher across the past two decades.  In May 2011, he was named Distinguished Faculty member for 2010-2011.  He began his duties as Vice-President of Student Affairs in August 2011 and continues to teach theology courses.  He and his wife Lea Ann are the parents of Molly and Will.

 

Molly Brummett Wudel - May 15

We look forward to hearing one of our former church members Molly Brummett Wudel, who grew up in our church. Molly serves as Co-Pastor of Emmaus Way. Emmaus Way is a holistic, missional Christian community rooted in hospitality and activism that meets in downtown Durham, NC. She also serves as the permanent part-time campus minister for the Cooperative Baptist Student Fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill. Before entering into bi-vocational ministry, Molly served as Minister of Youth and Community at Knollwood Baptist Church. She graduated from Wake Forest University School os Divinity and received her B.A. in Political Science and Religion from Carson-Newman University. She was ordained by First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, and holds clergy recognition in the Alliance of Baptists. 

Dr. Randall O'Brien - May 8

Randall O'Brien serves as the 22nd president of Carson-Newman University. Previously the executive vice president, provost, professor of religion and visiting law professor at Baylor University, the McComb, Mississippi native is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Mississippi College. He has also held appointments as a Research Scholar at Yale, and Fellow at Oxford. 

Carolyn and Bill Blevins - May 1

We look forward to hearing guest preachers and church members Bill and Carolyn Blevins. Bill and Carolyn met as freshmen at Carson-Newman. Following graduation, they married and began studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from which they earned Master's degrees. Bill also received a PhD in New Testament Greek from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an EdS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Each of them did additional studies at other institutions. Both enjoyed careers on the CN faculty. Bill taught in Religion (focusing on New Testament) and in the Graduate Mental Health Counseling program. He continues as an adjunct professor since he retired in 2013. Carolyn taught int he Religion Department (focusing on History of Christianity) until she retired in 2006. Both have appreciated being a part of First Baptist Church for several decades. Their children, Suzanne, Art, Alan, and Kym were privileged to grow up in this church and be a part of FBC's ministry to children and to youth. Currently Bill and Carolyn enjoy spoiling five grandchildren, Alex, Jaclyn, Sydney, Noah, and Neal. 

 

Dr. Harold T. Bryson

Dr. Harold T. Bryson will be filling our pulipit on April 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Dr. Bryson has been the Visiting Senior Professor of Religion at Carson-Newman University since 2005. Prior to that, he served as Interim Pastor of 41 churches from 1976 until the present. Dr. Bryson has a Doctor of Theology degree, a Master of Theology degree, and a Bachelor of Divinity Degree with Greek and Hebrew, all from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College and has done additional study at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. 

Dr. Bryson is married to Jane Locket Bryson, is the father of two daughters and two sons, and has three grandsons and two granddaughters. He is a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Bryson is a noted lecturer and author and enjoys traveling and fishing. We look forward to the messages that he will bring us in April. 

Chad Hartsock - March 6, 13, 20, 27

Dr. Chad Hartsock is Associate Professor of Religion at Carson-Newman. He joined the Religion faculty in 2008. Chad has been a member of First Baptist Church nearly all of that time, along with his wife Ami and daughter Kaylin (who turns 5 this month). His primary teaching responsibilities include New Testament and Greek. Chad is a '99 Carson-Newman graduate, after which he attended Truett Seminary and Baylor University where he received both his master's degree and doctoral degree. Chad has served on church in Texas, and currently serves as a supply preach in area churches on a regular basis. Chad also officiates high school basketball and baseball in East Tennessee. We are happy to welcome Chad into the pulpit during the four Sundays in March. 

Christine Jones - February 21 and 28

Dr. Christine Jones, Associate Professor of Religion, teaches Introduction to the Old Testament, Faith, Freedom, and the Individual, and a variety of Old Testament electives. She earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies/Languages from Ouachita Baptist University, a M.Div. from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies/Old Testament from Baylor University. She joined Carson-Newman's Department of Religion in the fall of 2008. As a member of First Baptist Church Jefferson City, Christine currently teaches in the Agape and College Sunday Bible Study classes. In the past, she served on staff at churches in Arkansas and Texas in the areas of children and youth ministry. She occasionally provides pulpit supply for churches in East Tennessee and Kentucky. Christine lives in Jefferson City with her husband Greg and two daughters, Bethany and Kathryn. She enjoys reading, kayaking on the lake, baking sweet treats, and spending time with her family.  

FBC Weather Policy

FBC WEATHER POLICY                                                                                                     For Wednesday Evening Services:                                                                                     On days of inclement weather, the staff will make a decision about our services by noon Wednesday (even if the public schools are cancelled). The decision will be posted on the "This Week" page on the church's website and the church's Facebook page. Only if Wednesday evening services are cancelled, will the cancellation also be broadcasted on WJFC Radio (1480 AM and 102.9) and WATE TV 6. 

For Sunday Services:                                                                                                       On days of inclement weather, the staff will make a decision about Sunday worship services by 7 a.m.. The decision will be posted on the "This Week" page on the church's website and the church's Facebook page. Only if Sunday worship services are cancelled, will the cancellation also be broadcasted on WJFC Radio (1480 AM and 102.9) and WATE TV 6.