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Welcome from our Staff

Derek Hicks - Senior Pastor -
Derek graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a degree in Agriculture and he received his Master's degree from Liberty University in Religious Education. Prior to ministry, Derek taught Agricultural classes and coached High School Varsity Football and Baseball. He was the Student Pastor at First Baptist, Buna for seven years. Derek is married to Lauren, a speech language pathologist, and they have two children. A daughter named Ali, and a son named Kyle. Derek's hobbies include reading and outdoor activities, such as sports, fishing and hunting.
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Matthew Moody - Associate Pastor of Music and Education -

“…be filled with the Spirit by reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good. Sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts.” Eph. 5:18-19
The Worship & Music ministry is a vibrant part of the ministry of First Baptist Church. Through celebration worship and praise our goal is to corporately experience the presence of our Awesome God. Our corporate worship experiences are characterized by an atmosphere of celebrative praise and contemplative worship where the Lord is our audience and we all are worshiping Him!




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Please read the following article from Lifeway's website about worship.

  God Seeks Worshipers, Not Just Worship
 Written by Robert R. Wagoner 
Adapted from a presentation given at Church Music Leadership Conference, Glorietta, NM.




Colton Mullins - Associate Pastor of Youth & Recreation -
Melissa Farris - Church Secretary -