"And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."

Jeremiah 3:15 ESV

  • Pastor Chip became a believer while preparing to enter law school after graduating from the University of Alabama. Prior to that, he played college soccer at UAB for three years. He turned down law school to enroll at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He attained a Ph.D. in Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has trained pastors  in Ecuador, Nigeria, and  Senegal. He is a regular speaker  at the  global G3 Conference in Atlanta, GA. He  served  two churches in Kentucky before his ministry at FBC.  He is married to Kerri Thornton. They have four children: Libby, Boaz, Titus, and Lazarus. He enjoys college sports (especially football) and coaching youth sports in our area.

  • Andy Waits came to First Baptist in 2010.  He holds degrees from The Baptist College of Florida, (Bachelors in Youth Ministry Leadership) and  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary,  (Masters of Divinity). Previously, he  served  two churches as Associate/Youth Pastor  in  Florida and Alabama. He has a passion for global missions, discipleship, and church history. He has been deeply involved in church planting and pastoral training in Ecuador, as well as spoken at The  Conclave Conference for Student Pastors. In his spare time he enjoys running, shooting, reading, college football, and writing theological pieces for several local publications. He is married to Kati-Ellen Waits.

  • Jack Kinnison is a retired IMB Missionary that served over 37 years in Thailand and Laos. He and his wife Lynn have a heart to reach people with the gospel, both locally and globally. Jack pastored a small Texas church for 2 years while he was attending Seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, golf, reading, and watching sports. He has been known to scare children with his wild stories of swallowing frogs. Jack is loved by all, especially children. He has 2 sons and 2 daughters, as well as 5 grandsons and 5 granddaughters.

  • David DuPre is a longtime member of FBC Springville. He attended Auburn University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in Computer Science. David currently is employed at Sungard Inc. in Inverness, Al. He has taught a small group Bible Study for several years where he is greatly gifted. David has a heart to see people grow in their walk with Christ. In his spare time he enjoys running, bee keeping, snow skiing, and enjoying time outdoors. He has a beautiful wife, Angi, and three children, Tyler, Shelby, and Jaclyn, as well as one grandchild.

  • James Hill is married to his beautiful wife, Candice, and they have two young children - Taylor  and James . James attended Mississippi State University and after graduation attended law school at the University of Alabama. James has been a practicing attorney for over 10 years, mostly representing governmental entities and corporations. In his spare time James enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing, as well as watching Mississippi State athletics (although he admits it can be painful at times). He enjoys teaching a small group Bible Study here at FBC Springville where he strives to glorify God by making stronger disciples for Jesus Christ.

  • Church Administrator - Lewis Cheney

    Ministry Assistant - Laurie Brownlee

    Worship Leader - David Skinner

    Childrens Director - Kim Conaway

    Nursery Director - Susan Hudgins

    Preschool Director -Sherie Hornsby

    Music Assistant - Donna Robertson