Rev. Dr. M. Scott Hagaman, Senior Pastor
Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Wake Forest University, 1992
Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1996
Doctor of Ministry, The School of Divinity, Gardner-Webb University, 2005
Scott previously served as Associate Minister at First Baptist Church of Whiteville, NC and Minister of Youth and Family at First Baptist Church of Statesville, NC. He has served as pastor of our church since 2003. Scott is a native of Boone, NC and is married to Hanna. They have two children, Laurel and Ben.
Rev. Matthew Roberts, Associate Pastor for Faith Formation
Bachelor of Arts in History, Old Dominion University, 2008
Master of Divinity, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, 2011
Matt served as Minister to Children and Youth during the summers of 2007 and 2008 at Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia. Also, 2008 to 2011, he served as the Minister to Children and Youth at Colonial Place Christian Church in Richmond, Virginia. Matt was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is married to Emily.
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Mrs. Ruth Wakefield, Director of Music Ministry
Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Mars Hill University
Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy from East Carolina University
Post-graduate Certification in Estill Voice Training Systems
Ruth taught Choral Music at West McDowell Middle School for four years, was Director of the Music Ministry at Central United Methodist Church in Shelby for three years, and served as Director of Children and Youth Ministries and Church Organist at First United Methodist Church in Marion for four years. Ruth has also been a committed volunteer in the First Baptist Marion Music Ministry in various ways for many years, including directing the Children’s Young Musicians’ Choir and Handbells, accompanying the Senior Adult Saints Alive Choir, and singing in the Sanctuary Choir. She is a piano and voice teacher as well as a talented singer and song writer. She is married to Jeff Wakefield and they have two children, Hope and Sophie.
Mrs. Christi Hollifield, Director of Children’s Ministry
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Meredith College
Currently working toward a Master of Divinity degree at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity
Christi comes with considerable experience in Children’s Ministry, including many years of volunteer service in First Baptist Church with mission groups, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and being a member and chairperson of the Children’s Committee. Christi worked in similar volunteer Children’s Ministry positions at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Raleigh, where she also served as a deacon and Interim Minister of Children. Christi is married to Chris Hollifield and they have two children, Abbey and Graeme.
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—- MINISTRY SUPPORT STAFF:
Mrs. Susan W. Webber, Office Manager
Mrs. Jean Pyatt, Church Communication Assistant
Mrs. Heather W. Anderson, Church Organist/Pianist
Mrs. Mary Lewis, Director of First Baptist Church Children’s Center
Mr. James Edwards, Maintenance Manager