fbc church staff


  • bro. danny taylor

    senior pastor

    Bro. Danny Taylor officially became the pastor of First Baptist Church on August 1, 2007. Bro. Danny is known as a pastor who is true to the Word of God and has a passion for people and the gospel of Jesus Christ. He attended Williams Baptist College and is a graduate of Luther Rice Baptist Theological Seminary with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. He and his wife Teresa, have two children, Jennifer & Jordan, and have been blessed with four grandchildren, Breyden, Kaylin, Jace & Tucker. In his spare time, Bro. Danny enjoys spending time with his family, vacations at the lake and playing golf.

  • bro. John phillips

    Student Pastor

    John Phillips (aka JP) is the Student Pastor at First Baptist Church. JP has over 22 years of experience influencing the hearts and lives of students from many different backgrounds in many different settings. He has a passion for seeing students impact a bigger world than themselves. JP completed a B.S. in Religion at Liberty University and a Master of Divinity through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. JP has been a camp/conference speaker and creative contributor to several churches, camps, schools, and organizations over his years in student ministry. JP has a passion for seeing students "get it." JP has a unique way of teaching the Bible, making it applicable and clear to students. JP's passion is contagious, and his love for student ministry is evident. JP has a driving passion for seeing the truth of God's word "stick" in students' lives. JP is a dynamic, vibrant, and gifted communicator who is passionate about challenging students to live lives as big as the God we serve.

    JP is married to his lovely and talented wife, Kelly Phillips, and together they are blessed to have one son, Blake Phillips. Please pray for Kelly; she has to deal with JP and Blake, both of which are just alike! Not many times will you find him sitting still, not communicating to someone about student ministry or ministering to students themselves.

  • bro. jared veteto

    worship pastor

    Jared Veteto is currently serving as the Worship Pastor for First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Brookland High School, and attends Williams Baptist University seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Church Music degree expecting to graduate Spring 2023. At Williams, he is a member of the Williams Singers choir, leads the Americana/Bluegrass band and plays bass with the Chapel Worship Band. Jared grew up at Nettleton Baptist Church where he served as Worship Ministry Intern from August 2018 until February 2021. He enjoys worshiping with fellow believers not only through song on Sunday but also throughout daily life. Jared enjoys playing all kinds of stringed instruments and especially enjoys using his acoustic guitar in worship to our God. We welcome this young man to our dear church as he leads us!!!

  • Karen nelson

    ministry assistant