Church Staff

DOUG MURRAY, Pastor

Doug MurrayDoug is a native of Raleigh and a graduate of Wake Forest University (B.A.) and Southeastern Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.). He has served churches in Baltimore, Md., Bertie County, N.C., and Elizabeth City, N.C. Doug has been Pastor of FBC since 1995. His wife Candace is an agent for Wilson County Cooperative Extension. Their daughter Whitney is an educator specializing in art education. Doug enjoys travel (Europe and the Middle East) and sailing his 12’ O’Day on the Buckhorn Reservoir. Doug and Candy are longtime members of the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME).

Three ministry areas that Doug is devoting his energies to are: 1) Involving laity in creative worship planning, 2) Involving laity in outreach and evangelism, and 3) Involving laity in volunteer missions trips.


STEVE CLAYTON, Associate Pastor

For over 25 years, Steve has been an active member of this congregation while working for Wilson County as Director of Solid Waste Management. Around 2004, Steve retired from that position but continued serving the County on a contract basis, which freed him to begin studies in the Divinity School of Campbell University. In the fall of 2006, FBC called Steve to part-time service as Associate Pastor. When he completes his degree, Steve will continue to serve FBC full-time. He is married to Alice Clayton. Their two adult sons are Will and Michael. Steve sees relationships as a key of his ministry at FBC: nurturing our relationship with God and with each
other.


Daniel Heath , Minister of Youth

Daniel was born and raised in New Bern, NC.  He attended Barton College and received a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Audio Recording, and minors in Spanish and Religion/Philosophy.  While attending Barton College he worked as a youth intern at First Baptist Church of Wilson.  After graduation in May 2007 he moved to Nashville, TN and worked in the music industry, touring as sound engineer with gospel artist Gordon Mote.  In May, 2009 he accepted a call back to Wilson to serve as the Minister of Youth.

Daniel enjoys anything and everything that has to do with music.  He also enjoys the beach, fishing, and watching sports.  Daniel's passion is to see youth come to know Christ on a more personal and intimate level. 


AMITY PAGE, Minister of Children

Amity was born in Georgia, but has lived in North Carolina since she was 11 years old. A graduate of North Carolina State University, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, a communications specialist, and a freelance writer. She enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Amity is married to Jason Page, who is an attorney with Rose Rand Wallace Attorneys, P.A. in Wilson. They have two children, Luke and Sadie. The Pages have been members of First Baptist since 2003. Amity served as chair of the Children’s Ministry Committee and worked with the youth before accepting the call to serve as Minister of Children.


KELLEY GARRIS , Minister of Music

Kelley GarrisKelley grew up in Southern Pines, NC.  She is a graduate of Meredith College (B.M. in organ, B.A. in religion) and the University of Kansas (M.M. in organ) She most recently served for 25 years as Minister of Music at First Baptist, Smithfield, NC.  She lives in Smithfield with husband Greg, who is Director of Pharmacy at Johnston Health.  She and Greg have three sons:  Evan, a student at NCSU, Madison, beginning at Davidson College fall 2009, and Cameron, who attends Smithfield Middle School. 

Kelley's main ministry interest is encouraging persons to use their God given talents in the creative worship arts:  music, drama, the visual arts.  Her persoanl interests include homemaking, reading, traveling, enjoying God's great outdoors, and following the Carolina Hurricanes.

 









 

 

 





 

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