John Gambrell, Transitional Pastor

I left Manning and First Baptist Church 40 years ago to get married and go to seminary.  I am blessed, thankful and excited to be back home as Transitional Pastor!


Lee Stogner, Worship Leader

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song I will praise him."

Psalm 28:7


Lee is married to Renee and they have three children, and five beautiful grandchildren. He has been with First Baptist as Worship Leader since 2010.


Wendy Hill, Preschool Director

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6


Wendy is married to David, and they have two  children. She has been the Preschool Director since 2003.


Becky Thomas, Admin. & Financial Secretary

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 

Philippians 4:6-7

Becky is married to David and they have three  wonderful children together. She has been with First Baptist since 2017.


Julie Lee, Receptionist & Admin. Assistant

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man."

Proverbs 3:3-4

Julie is married to Jeff, and they have one beautiful daughter, Stormi. She has been the church secretary since 2016. 


Kim Hill, Nursery Worker

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." 

Matthew 6:34

Kim is married to Chuck, and they have three children and one precious grandbaby. She has been the nursery worker since 2011.


Joe Conyers, Custodian

"Serve the LORD with gladness"

Psalms 100:2

Joe has two sons and has been First Baptist's Custodian since 1987. 


Franklin Brown, Maintenance

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

Matthew 28:19

Franklin is married to Judy and they have 3 children, and 9 sweet grandchildren. He has been the churches Maintenance 'crew' since  2013. 


Emily Richburg, Youth & Children Summer Intern

"but Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven'" Matthew 19:14

Emily is a junior at Charleston Southern University majoring in psychology and minoring in Christian studies, as she plans to go into counseling. This is her second summer working with our children.


Kathy Gatlin, Organist

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:7

Kathy is married to Ward and they have two children together. Kathy has been the organist here at First Baptist since 1986.


Heather Hawkins, Pianist

"I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13

Heather is married and has three boys. She has been the pianist since 2007.