Staff

 

Rickey-LetsonRickey Letson

Senior Minister

Rickey is in his 17th year of ministry in the local church having served congregations in North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia prior to coming to Laurens. A native of Alabama, Rickey is a graduate of Samford University (BA in Religion) and The Duke Divinity School (MDIV). Rickey enjoys all aspects of ministry and is particularly passionate about building relationships, helping people to grow in their faith and sharing God’s love through involvement in our community. Rickey and his wife Ann Marie, a Commercial Interior Designer, have two children, Callie and Caleb. Rickey enjoys reading, working around the house, travel and all sports. He is particularly passionate about good mystery novels, anything Auburn, the PGA Tour and his Ipad.  Contact Rickey at rickey@fbclaurens.org.

Adair-RogerssquareAdair Rogers

Minister of Music and Senior Adults

Adair is enjoying her 22nd year of service at First Baptist, Laurens. She is a native of Virginia but spent most of her growing up years in Clinton, SC, where her father served as the pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton. She is a graduate of Furman University (BA in Music Education) and Erskine Theological Seminary (Master of Church Music). Adair is passionate about helping children (and adults) develop and use their God given gifts, especially in the area of music. She and her husband, Alex, have been married for 32 years, and they are the proud parents of two grown children, Dean, a graduate of Clemson University, who lives with his wife, Chelsea, in Boulder, CO, and Ali, also a Clemson graduate, who lives with her husband, Wills, in Scottsdale, AZ. Adair enjoys cooking and sewing and especially enjoys planning fellowship opportunities for her church family. Contact Adair at adair@fbclaurens.org.

Tommy-CoxsquareTommy Cox

Minister of Education

Tommy has served on staff at FBC Laurens for 21 years. He is a native of Laurens and is a graduate of Presbyterian College (BS in Psychology). Prior to his current position, served as Minister of Youth and Recreation for 15 years. His experience also includes serving 13 years as a Prevention/Education Consultant with the SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, directing many leadership and community development projects at the state and local levels. Tommy enjoys all aspects of ministry, but particularly enjoys leadership development and small groups ministry. Tommy and his wife Kena, a school teacher, have two daughters, Kelsey and Kailey. Tommy enjoys playing golf, watching college football, and spending time with family and friends. Contact Tommy at tommy@fbclaurens.org.

Carl-TolbertsquareCarl Tolbert

Minister of Youth & Recreation

Carl is a native of Alabama, growing up in Opelika and then Hoover. He graduated from Samford University, where he played baseball, then worked in the business world for 15 years before feeling called into Youth Ministry.  He earned a Masters in Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and began serving his first church at the age of 38. Carl is passionate about youth and leading them to a Christ-Centered life. He focuses on building relationships so that students are certain of his love and concern for them, which then enables him to speak God’s truth into their lives.  Community is significant to Carl and he stays involved in numerous events and organizations in order to be a part of people’s lives and hopefully to shine the light of Christ. Carl is married to Suzanne, an Academic Advisor at Laurens 55 High School, and they have two sons, Kyle and Jay, both students at the University of Georgia. Carl enjoys watching and playing lots of sports; fishing; video games; cheering for Auburn; studying Youth Culture; and mostly doing anything where he is spending time with his youth!

Contact Carl at carl@fbclaurens.org.

Elizabeth-FranklinsquareElizabeth Franklin

Director of Children’s Ministries & Kindergarten

Elizabeth is a native of Laurens and is a 2002 graduate of the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation, she worked five years as a Paralegal and managed the real estate department of a law firm in Greenville, SC. Elizabeth became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first child. She has devoted much of her time volunteering and in 2010, joined the Kindergarten staff of First Baptist Church. Having grown up in this church, Elizabeth has a special love and passion for children and is excited to now be a part of the church who has been so instrumental in her own spiritual growth. Elizabeth and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 14 years, and have two children, Brock and Marett. Elizabeth is very active in the community serving on the PTA at E.B. Morse Elementary School, School Improvement Council, District Advisory Committee, and First Steps board. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and cheering for the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium! Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@fbclaurens.org.

Adams-TanasquareTana Adams

Ministry Assistant and Desktop Publisher

Tana is in her 17th year as Ministry Assistant at First Baptist. Having grown up in this church, she appreciates the continuity of the generations while at the same time welcoming the energy and fresh ideas of new members. Biggest perk of her job: being able to use her creative side. Tana has three grown children and four grandchildren of whom she is very proud. Empty nesting has its rewards, as Tana now has time to volunteer, work with women’s ministries, and pursue her hobbies. Contact Tana at tana@fbclaurens.org.

FBC Office Staff

Lucy Crowder

Financial Secretary

Contact Lucy at lucy@fbclaurens.org

Emily Long

Receptionist/Church Administrator

Contact Emily at emily@fbclaurens.org

Bryson Schultz

Associate Music Minister

Contact Bryson at bryson@fbclaurens.org