Tim was called to serve First Baptist in July and began his ministry in September. Tim is a 2000 graduate of Samford University (B.A., Religion), a 2003 graduate of Beeson Divinity School (M.Div.), housed on the campus of Samford University, and a 2007 graduate of Duke Divinity School (Th.M., New Testament). He is also in the process of completing the Doctor of Ministry at the Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity. Tim has served in ministry for over twenty-five years, including over nineteen years as a pastor. Prior to his arrival in Laurens, Tim was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton, North Carolina since November 2012. Tim’s personal mission as a pastor is to lead the church to provide an environment where all may find and follow Jesus Christ. To that end, Tim is passionate about preaching and teaching the Bible, building relationships with all ages, community involvement, ministries to the marginalized, mental and spiritual health, listening and offering counsel, crisis ministry and the practice of prayer.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Tim is married to his best friend, Rebecca, also from Birmingham. Rebecca is a paraprofessional at Laurens Middle School, working in the Montessori Science program. Prior to that she piloted the first STEM Lab in the Rutherford County School system at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School. They are the proud parents of two children. John Alan is a freshman at Gardner-Webb University and runs for the varsity Cross Country and Track teams. Natalie is a freshman at Laurens District 55 High School and loves art and music. Tim and Rebecca are both avid college football fans and love to support the Alabama Crimson Tide. Contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minister of Music and Senior Adults
Adair begins her 28th year of service at FBCL in 2023. 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, are the proud parents of two adult children — Dean, a graduate of Clemson University, who lives with his wife, Chelsea, and their children, Everly and Warren, in Boulder, CO, and Ali, also a Clemson graduate, who lives with her husband, Wills, and their children, Noah and Reese, in Greenville, SC. Adair enjoys cooking, sewing and especially enjoys planning fellowship opportunities for her church family. Contact Adair at email@example.com.
Minister of Education
Tommy has served on staff at FBCL 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 FBCL 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 he 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 FBCL. 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 that has been so instrumental in her own spiritual growth. Elizabeth and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 20 years and have two children, Brock (15) and Marett (12). 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 email@example.com.
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 FBCL, 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 third-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry Assistant and Desktop Publisher
Tana began her 20th year as Ministry Assistant at FBCL 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 adult 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 email@example.com.
Dale was born and raised in Cross Anchor, SC. He began working at FBCL in August 2018. Dale is one of our Building Superintendents and sees this job as his ministry. When asked what he likes most about working at FBCL, he is quick to say, “The people and the environment.”
Lucy was born and raised in Laurens and married her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have two sons and two adult grandchildren. Lucy was the AVP of Loan Compliance at The Palmetto Bank when she retired from banking after 31 years and started to work for First United Methodist Church, Laurens, in 2011. Now, she works for both First Methodist and FBCL as their Financial Secretary. Contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 an 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 two beautiful daughters, Julia and Mary Frances. After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, Mary Beth joined the staff at FBCL 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 with 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. Contact Mary Beth at email@example.com.
Thomas was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, but has called Laurens home since he was two months old. Thomas started working at FBCL in October 2018 and is one of our building superintendents. He not only helps keep our building clean, he keeps us organized. He loves everything about this job, including the children and their voices that fill the hallways. When Thomas isn’t working, he can be found watching sports, especially when the South Carolina Gamecocks are playing.
Emily joined the FBCL 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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.