Staff

 

Tana Adams

Ministry Assistant and Desktop Publisher

Tana began her 20th year as Ministry Assistant at First Baptist in 2021. Having grown up in this church, she values the examples set by older generations and appreciates the energy and fresh ideas of new members. Biggest perk of her job: opportunities that allow her to put her creative abilities to use. Tana has three grown children and five 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.

Dale Calvert

Building Superintendent

Andrew Corley

Minister of Students and Recreation

Andrew began serving as Minister of Students and Recreation in October of 2020. A native of Laurens and product of FBC, Andrew is a graduate of Presbyterian College (BA in History and Religion and Philosophy) and Gardner-Webb School of Divinity (MDiv, Pastoral Studies). Prior to returning to Laurens, Andrew served churches in North Carolina, most recently as Pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Grover, NC. Andrew and his wife Meghan, a 3rd grade teacher, have two children: Davis and Abigail. In the brief windows of free time those two allow, Andrew enjoys Charlotte Hornets basketball, Professional Wrestling, music (listening and playing), and reading. Contact Andrew at andrew@fbclaurens.org.

Tommy Cox

Minister of Education

Tommy has served on staff at FBC Laurens for 24 years. He is a native of Laurens and is a graduate of Presbyterian College (BS in Psychology). Prior to his current position, he served as Minister of Youth and Recreation at FBC 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, who is a teacher in Laurens District #55, have been married for 33 years. They have two daughters- Kelsey, who lives with her husband Gabriel in Powdersville, SC, and Kailey, who is an Interior Designer in Greenville, SC. Tommy enjoys spending time with his grandson Walker, as well as playing golf, watching college football, and spending time with family and friends. Contact Tommy at tommy@fbclaurens.org.

Lucy Crowder

Financial Secretary

I was born and raised in Laurens, married my high school sweetheart! I have 2 sons and 2 grown grandchildren. I was AVP of Loan Compliance at The Palmetto Bank. I retired from banking after 31 years and started to work for First United Methodist Church in 2011 and now I work for both First Methodist and First Baptist as their Financial Secretary. Contact Lucy at lucy@fbclaurens.org.

Elizabeth Franklin

Director of Children’s Ministry

Elizabeth is a native of Laurens and 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.  In 2013, she became the Director of Children’s Ministry. Having grown up in this church, Elizabeth has a special love and passion for children and is excited to 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 18 years, and have two children, Brock and Marett. Elizabeth is very active in the community and serves on numerous committees and boards. 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.

David Hull

Transition Pastor

David was the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Laurens from 1986-1993. He has now returned to serve the church during a pastoral interim. After more than 40 years of working as a pastor, David has retired from full-time ministry and lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife Jane. In addition to serving as Transition Pastor, he is a consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches. A native of Louisville, KY, David is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David and Jane have two children, Emily and Andrew, who spent much of their childhood in Laurens. Today, David enjoys life with his three grandchildren who live nearby in Winston-Salem. Contact David at davidwhull42@gmail.com.

Mary Beth Kennedy

FBC Kindergarten Director

Mary Beth was born and raised in Laurens, SC.  She graduated from Laurens High School and Samford University (Religion) in Birmingham, Alabama.  After graduation, Mary Beth worked in Laurens nursing homes as the Activity Director.  Many wonderful years were spent working with the elderly and helping to brighten their days.  Mary Beth is married to Price Kennedy and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Julia and Mary Frances.  After being a stay at home mom for several years, Mary Beth joined the staff at First Baptist Church Kindergarten in 2011.  She has worked in all areas of the Kindergarten program. In 2020, Mary Beth became Director and continues to teach in the classroom.  Mary Beth loves spending her mornings with the precious children in our Kindergarten program as well as the amazing staff.  She sees the Kindergarten program not only as an educational foundation, but a ministry to families and their children.  Mary Beth enjoys sharing the love of God with children through scripture, music and daily lessons.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She also loves traveling to Pigeon Forge, TN and Beaufort, SC where she enjoys Dollywood, hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Contact Mary Beth at kindergarten@fbclaurens.org.

Thomas Little

Building Superintendent

Emily Reynolds

Receptionist/Church Administrator

Emily joined the First Baptist Church Laurens staff in March of 2018. However, she’s no stranger to working in a church. A 1999 graduate of Wofford College (BA in Finance), Emily entered the working world as a Portfolio Performance Analyst at Merrill Lynch. After a successful 14 year career, life threw her a few inconvenient interruptions, including a Breast Cancer diagnosis. Looking for less stress, she took a leap of faith, left the corporate world, and began working at her church in Columbia as the Director of Handshakes and Hugs. She spent a majority of her time connecting folks in the congregation to others within the church and community. While she loved her city life in Columbia, Emily now calls Laurens home with her husband, Seth, and four step-daughters, Haley, Emily, Anna Nance, and Ellen. When she is not fulfilling her FBCL administrative duties, Emily enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and gardening. ​Contact Emily at emily@fbclaurens.org.

Adair Rogers

Minister of Music and Senior Adults

Adair began her 26th year of service at First Baptist in 2021. 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 36 years, and they are the proud parents of two grown children, Dean, a graduate of Clemson University, who lives with his wife, Chelsea, and their daughter, Everly, in Boulder, CO, and Ali, also a Clemson graduate, who lives with her husband, Wills, and their son, Noah, in Greenville, SC. Adair enjoys cooking and sewing and especially enjoys planning fellowship opportunities for her church family. Contact Adair at adair@fbclaurens.org.