Welcome to First Baptist Church of Newberry
Monday, December 10, 2018
Knowing Christ - Making Him Known
Jack Andrews, Pastor, church7185@bellsouth.net
Since 2008 Pastor Jack has been the Pastor here at First Baptist Church, Newberry. Jack was raised in Hazel Green, AL. He was saved in 1996, and called to preach in 1998. He started attending the Baptist College of Florida in January of 2000 and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Theology with a minor in Preaching and Evangelism. He previously served as Pastor at Happy Home Baptist Church in Henagar, AL, from September 2003 - 2008. Jack has a lovely wife, Tracy and 2 energetic children, their son Elijah and their daughter, Emma Leigh who keep her busy. Jack enjoys watching sports (especially football), playing golf, and spending time in God’s word.
Paul Paisley, Student Minister, pastorpaulpaisley@ gmail.com
     Bro. Paul was born and raised in Titusville, Fl. Paul surrendered his life to Jesus Christ as a child at Temple Baptist Church. Paul enlisted in the US NAVY upon graduation from Astronaut High School in 2001 and he was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment in July of 2006. After the Navy, he attended The Baptist College of Florida, and on December 11, 2009 he graduated with his BA in Ministry. 
     Paul and his beautiful wife Hillary were married on June 23, 2007 at their home church of First Baptist Church Merritt Island in Merritt Island, Fl, and on October 10, 2011 God blessed their family with their first son Micah, and on July 22, 2014 God blessed them again with the birth of their second son Caleb.
     Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Hillary and their sons Micah & Caleb, and doing pretty much any activity that involves being outdoors.
Mary Bender, Secretary, admin7185@bellsouth.net
Mary has been happy to serve as church secretary at First Baptist Church, Newberry since September 2005.  She has over 18 years of church office experience as well as vet-tech and business office experience. Mary was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but grew up in Southern California. She has two grown children and four wonderful grandchildren! Mary loves to ride her horses, read, paint, quilt and do scrap-booking. (She also hopes to some day go on a real, live cattle-drive!) Mary makes her home in Newberry on 2 acres with her horses, dogs and cats.
Marilyn Shaw, Choir Director and Pianist
In addition to my parents, growing up in this church gave me an excellent foundation for learning and service. Away for college and early career, Bob and I returned over twenty years ago. Currently, I teach the "Dorcas by Faith" Sunday School class comprised of our most mature ladies, and have learned far more about faith, service, and the power of prayer from them than I could possibly teach. They are well know prayer warriors and inspire me and many others.
  Having played piano in church since I was a teenager, it was natural for me to play at First Baptist Newberry when I came back. Just recently I began directing the choir, also. That has been my challenge! It is, however, also a testimony. When we were without a music minister we feared the choir would dissolve, then be almost impossible to rebuild. I assumed the director's responsibilities out of a sense of duty and with much fear and trepidation!
  This took me WAY out of my experience and comfort zones. I'm an English teacher by profession, NOT a musician! Now I realize that working intimately with church music has encouraged and blessed me in ways I'd not expected. The choir members are a great part of that blessing because they work so hard. Many of them are out of their comfort zones, too, because very few have training that prepared them to read music and vocalize, yet they are willing to try most any kind of music, volunteer for solos and ensembles, and contribute such an important element in our worship. Their dedication, faith, caring, and encouragement give me a boost every week. 
  Newberry First Baptist has traditionally been blessed with quality worship music and our goal is to carry on that tradition. Music and lyrics can teach and inspire in ways that other worship elements cannot. We trust that our small talents will be magnified enough to be meaningful to all who worship with us.