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Meet the Staff
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Pastor of Prayer and Care

Boyd Smith

I came to First Baptist Church as the minister to students and activities in 1994. After serving in this capacity for nearly 17 years, I became the pastor of prayer and care, a new position at FBC.

 

I spend much of my time at the hospital, nursing homes, retirement centers, and the homes of the elderly in Murray. I know what it’s like to be sick, as I have experienced the healing touch of God as well. I believe in the power of prayer and I keep a prayer journal of the requests that people give me. My wife Wanda and I have been happily married for over 35 years.

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Worship Leader

Mike Rose

I became interested in music while talking piano, voice, and cello lessons each week as my father studied music at Southern Seminary.

 

I have a music education degree from Austin Peay, a church music degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and a church music master's from Southern Seminary. Later in life, I felt a calling to public education and returned to school for a degree in curriculum and instruction. I am also certified as a principal in the state of Tennessee. I've also held church positions in Hopkinsville from 1981-1986 and Cadiz from 1986-2015. I joined FBC in June of 2016.

 

I live on Lake Barkley with my two dogs: Bullet and Phyllis.

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Pastoral Care
Ministry Assistant

Debbie Settle

I came to FBC in 1972 as the pastor's secretary. Today, I currently serve in the area of pastoral care ministry and provide support for church ministries. 

 

My husband, Bill, and I have three grown children, Jeremy (Nikki), Brian (Jennifer), and Catherine (James), and six grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with grandchildren and watching them play soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and cheer! I also enjoy singing in the Worship Choir here at FBC.

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Senior Pastor

Will McKay

I came to FBC in October 2022 from the Arkansas Baptist Convention. I have served at Bellevue Baptist in Memphis and pastored at FBC in Monticello, Arkansas before serving at the convention.

I am a lifelong learner, having earned my undergraduate and master's degree from Union University and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Spirituality from SBTS.

My wife, Jennie, and I have been married for 18 years, and we have two sons, Liam and Sammy. Our family has a passion for missions, discipleship, and a deep love for the church.

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Associate Pastor

Andrew Cross

The Lord brought me to FBC in June 2023 from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN where I served as the Young Adults Pastor and focused primarily on equipping and sending single adults with the gospel.

I have earned my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Communication from the University of Memphis and my Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

My wife, Anna, and I have been married for 2 years. We desire to raise a family here in Murray and look forward to partnering with parents in the church to see their children and students hope in God and keep his commandments as a response to the gospel (Psalm 78:6-7).

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Pastor of Prayer and Care

Boyd Smith

I came to First Baptist Church as the minister to students and activities in 1994. After serving in this capacity for nearly 17 years, I became the pastor of prayer and care, a new position at FBC.

 

I spend much of my time at the hospital, nursing homes, retirement centers, and the homes of the elderly in Murray. I know what it’s like to be sick, as I have experienced the healing touch of God as well. I believe in the power of prayer and I keep a prayer journal of the requests that people give me. My wife Wanda and I have been happily married for over 35 years.

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Worship Leader

Mike Rose

I became interested in music while taking piano, voice, and cello lessons each week as my father studied music at Southern Seminary.

 

I have a music education degree from Austin Peay, a church music degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and a church music master's from Southern Seminary. Later in life, I felt a calling to public education and returned to school for a degree in curriculum and instruction. I am also certified as a principal in the state of Tennessee. I previously held church positions in Hopkinsville from 1981-1986 and Cadiz from 1986-2015. I joined FBC in June of 2016.

 

I live on Lake Barkley with my two dogs: Bullet and Phyllis.

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Facilities Manager

Belinda Stevens

I joined the FBC staff in March of 2002 in a custodial position. In September 2014, I assumed a new position as facility manager. I love FBC and work to maintain the buildings and grounds. 

 

I have two grown children, Josh and Kelsey, and four grandchildren. I love spending time with my family! You can catch me in Smithland watching a grandchild playing a ball game, in Birmingham visiting my daughter and grandkids, or at a Murray High band competition.

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Pastoral Care
Ministry Assistant

Debbie Settle

I came to FBC in 1972 as the pastor's secretary. Today, I currently serve in the area of pastoral care ministry and provide support for church ministries. 

 

My husband, Bill, and I have three grown children, Jeremy (Nikki), Brian (Jennifer), and Catherine (James), and six grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with grandchildren and watching them play soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and cheer! I also enjoy singing in the Worship Choir here at FBC.

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Church Librarian

Tina Myers

I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to serve as the librarian at FBC! I have developed a love for our library after working for several years as a volunteer on Sunday mornings and in the summer. I am amazed at all of the different kinds of books and other resources our library has to offer and look forward to sharing them with our church and community.

 

I am a graduate of Murray State University with degrees in elementary education and special education. I retired in May of 2020 from Marshall County Schools where I worked as a special education teacher at South Marshall Middle School.

 

My husband, Steve, and I live in Hazel with our two cats. We enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Tennessee Titans.

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Mother's Day Out Director

Lauren Dunlap

I joined the church as the Mother’s Day Out director in 2017. I have 11 years of experience in the field of mental health counseling as a licensed clinical social worker. I love working with children and have specialized in birth to 5 years of age at my previous employer. I enjoy watching children grow and learn. I have seen the positive influence Mother’s Day Out has had on my own children. I welcome open two-way communication with parents to jointly celebrate parenting joys and tackle challenging struggles.

 

I am married to Zach and have two daughters, Emilia and Ruby. I also have one dog, Maye. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, reading, exercising, and spending time with my family and friends.

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