ABOUT US



Who We Are

At First Baptist Centre, we firmly believe that you should come to Jesus as you are because He is the only one capable of transforming a broken life into something beautiful. Our church is filled with people who are infused with dynamic faith, committed to a common vision, and joined together in the love of our Creator. We believe in multicultural, multi-generational ministry, with the intention of reaching everyone in our community and beyond for Christ.

Our Mission & Vision

OUR VISION:

"REACH. TEACH. SEND."

We want to become a church that focuses on reaching people for Jesus, teaching them to be fully committed to Him, and then sending those people out for ministry and mission in their communities and around the world. We are here to reach, teach, and send.


OUR MISSION:

"TO KNOW CHRIST & MAKE HIM KNOWN"


Knowing Christ

“Knowing Christ” means we want others to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We begin the journey of knowing Christ by trusting His death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. This journey continues as we learn more and more about Jesus and what it means to live for Him.


Making Him Known

"Making Him Known" means using our talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts God has given us to assist the church to grow and new Christians to mature in their faith. As we serve others, we are sharing Jesus’ love in practical ways. None of this is done in our own power, rather, Christ living in us, empowering us to make Him known.

What To Expect


Welcome to First Baptist Centre! We are so excited that you're planning to join us! Below you'll find information on how we worship, service times, and more.

9:00AM

Our 9:00AM worship service features classic hymn-based singing and a thought-provoking message by our lead pastor, Dr. Eddie Nation.


10:30AM

Our 10:30AM worship service features a more modern, high-energy style of worship lead by our praise band and a thought-provoking message by our lead pastor, Dr. Eddie Nation.


Sunday School


Nursery care (Infants-PreK) • 9:00am & 10:30am


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Statement of Faith

  • He spoke the universe into existence. He is the sovereign Lord of the universe. He has eternally existed as 3 persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These 3 are coequal and are fully God. God knows everything, sees everything and has all power. God is faithful to all His promises. He always does what is right.


    Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2–3; 15:11; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1–3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9–11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6–13

  • He has eternally coexisted with God the Father. He is fully God, and fully human. He lived a sinless life. He offered Himself freely as the perfect sacrifice for humanity’s sins by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. After His resurrection, He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father and engages in a ministry of intercession for us. He will return to earth one day to gather His people. For all eternity future, He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


    Genesis 18:1.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1–12; Matthew 1:18–23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1–6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1–18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25–27; 12:44–50; 14:7–11

  • The Holy Spirit has existed eternally as God the Spirit. He is fully God. He was involved in the creation of the universe. In the world today, He convicts people of their sin and convinces them of their need for salvation. He indwells all believers in Jesus and serves as their power for ministry and obedience. He guides believers in the direction God wants them to go and reveals God’s will to them. He enables our understanding of Holy Scripture. Christians should live daily under His control and guidance.


    Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1–3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28–32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18–19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16–17,26; 15:26; 16:7–14

  • The Bible is the revealed Word of God. It is the authority for our belief and practice. The Bible was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.


    Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1–2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7–10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1–32; Matthew 5:17–18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44–46; John 5:39; 16:13–15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25–26; 2 Timothy 3:15–17

  • People are the supreme act of God’s creation. They have been created in God’s image. Although people have much potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates sinful people from holy God. Thus, humanity is in need of a Savior.


    Genesis 1:26–30; 2:5,7,18–22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3–6; 32:1–5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26–31; Romans 1:19–32; 3:10–18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14–25; 8:14–18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21–31; 15:19,21–22; Ephesians 2:1–22; Colossians 1:21–22; 3:9–11.

  • Human beings are not capable of making up for their sinfulness through good deeds or self-improvement. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s solution for humanity’s sin problem can human beings be forgiven of their sins. Salvation begins the moment a person trusts Christ for forgiveness and salvation. Salvation continues as the Holy Spirit grows the believer into Christ-likeness. Salvation will culminate in the final blessed and abiding state of the saved in heaven.


    Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14–17; 6:2–8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21–26; 27:22–28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28–32; John 1:11–14,29; 3:3–21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28–29; 15:1–16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30–31; 17:30–31; 20:32; Romans 1:16–18; 2:4; 3:23–25; 4:3.

  • All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has saved in Christ, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Holy Spirit, disrupt their fellowship with God, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ.

    Yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.


    John 10:28-29; 1 John 5:13; John 3:16; 3:3; 6:39Romans 5:1; 8:31-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; Hebrews 6:18-20; 7:25; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Psalm 97:10;

  • A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith in Jesus and the spreading of the gospel message. The Bible also speaks of the church as the Body of Christ which includes the saved of all of the ages, believers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.


    Matthew 16:15–19; 18:15–20; Acts 2:41–42,47; 5:11–14; 6:3–6; 13:1–3; 14:23,27; 15:130; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4–5; 7:17; 9:13–14; 12; Ephesians 1:22–23; 2:19–22;3:8–11,21; 5:22–32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18

  • Biblical baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, as well as the believer’s death to sin and burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life.

    Baptism, being a symbolic act, has no power or ability to save one from the penalty of sin.


    Sometimes referred to as communion, the Lord’s Supper is a celebration that symbolizes the believer’s covenant of faith in Jesus Christ. Through partaking of bread and the fruit of the vine, the believer memorializes the death of Jesus and anticipates His second coming. The Lord’s Supper, being a symbolic act, has no power or ability to save one from the penalty of sin.


    Matthew 3:13–17; 26:26–30; 28:19–20; Mark 1:9–11; 14:22–26; Luke 3:21–22; 22:19–20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41–42; 8:35–39; 16:30–33; 20:7; Romans 6:3–5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.

  • At the final resurrection of the dead, all persons will live eternally with God in heaven if they have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Those who have rejected Jesus will live eternally in a state of separation from God by their sins.

    Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.


    Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8–9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31–46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43–48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19–26; 17:22–37; 21:27–28; John 14:1–3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24–28,35–58; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • During all of our services you will see a variety of attire. Our worship service is a place where you can come as you are and feel comfortable as we worship together.

  • We offer reserved parking spaces for visitors at the front entrance of The ROC. VIEW PARKING MAP

  • We are a multi-generational church and we believe in accommodating everyone regardless of how they prefer to worship the Lord.

  • On a typical Sunday morning, you can expect service to last around one hour.

  • All of our children's activities are held inside Shepherd's Fold Daycare (connected to The ROC). If you need any help, our friendly greeters will assist you in getting your children to their classes or departments. We also offer nursery care for infants-5 years old and parking spaces located at the rear of The ROC designated for parents with small children.

  • If you have a Bible, bring it with you. We believe in sound Biblical preaching and teaching, and God's Word is your guide.

Our Leadership Team

  • EDDIE NATION

    SENIOR PASTOR

    circleemail eddie@fbc-centre.org


    Born in Paoli, Indiana, Eddie joined our staff in February 2013. He enjoys cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and loves the outdoors. Brother


    Eddie feels a strong conviction to share his passion of Christ with others and has been leading people to a closer relationship with Jesus for over 29 years. 


    He holds a Dr. of Ministry and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science from Campbellsville University, and a Diploma in Christian Ministry from Boyce Bible School.

    Eddie joined our staff in February 2013. He was born in Paoli, Indiana but moved to Kentucky as a young boy. He enjoys cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and loves the outdoors. Brother Eddie feels a strong conviction to share his passion of Christ with others. For over 29 years he has been leading people to a closer relationship with Jesus. Brother Eddie holds both a Dr. of Ministry and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science from Campbellsville Universty, and a Diploma in Christian Ministry from Boyce Bible School.

  • GARY HARDIN

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    circleemail  gary@fbc-centre.org


    Gary, a native of Alabama, has pastored churches across Alabama, Michigan, and Kentucky. He served for nine years with Lifeway Christian Resources as a curriculum, magazine, and book editor. 


    Gary holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.


    Gary is the author several Christian books and runs a blog www.hopediscovered.com. He is married to his wife, Linda.

    Gary, a native of Alabama, has served churches as pastor in Alabama, Michigan, and Kentucky. Gary served for nine years with Lifeway Christian Resources as a curriculum, magazine, and book editor. Gary holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Gary is the author of four books, "He is All I Need: the 23rd Psalm for Today", "Every Day Can Be a Great Day: Convincing Promises from Psalm 34", “Wow Words from God: What I Want God to Say About Me”, and Wow Words from God: Personal 30-Day Study Guide” all published by Xulon Press. Gary writes a blog, Hope Discovered at www.hopediscovered.com. He is married to his wife, Linda.

  • LANCE HUGHES

    MINISTER TO YOUTH & FAMILIES

    circleemail   lance@fbc-centre.org


    A graduate of Southeastern Bible College, where he earned a B.A. in Bible and Theology with a Minor in Youth Ministry, Lance believes that in order to make an impact on student’s lives he must build relationships, be authentic, engage them with the Gospel, and also help train and equip parents to better disciple their children.


    Called into youth ministry at the age of 18, Lance has since joined our staff in 2016 as our Minister to Students and Families. He is married to his wife, Jacie and they have a newborn daughter, Emma Joy.

    Lance joined our staff in October 2016 as the Minister to Students and Families. He and his wife, Jacie, were born and raised in Gadsden, AL and they have one newborn daughter, Emma Joy. Lance was called into part-time youth ministry at the age of 18 and served for four and a half years at Cherry Street Baptist Church in Attalla, AL, until God led him here. He is a graduate of Southeastern Bible College, where he earned a B.A. in Bible and Theology with a Minor in Youth Ministry. Lance believes that in order to make an impact on student’s lives he must build relationships, be authentic, engage them with the Gospel, and help train and equip their parents.

  • RANDY RAINEY

    WORSHIP LEADER

    circleemail   randy@fbc-centre.org


    Randy and his family have been members of FBC Centre since 2005 when he helped start the praise band for the contemporary service. At the time, he had been volunteering as Worship Leader for Celebrate Recovery since May 2004. 


    In 2016, Randy joined our staff as Minister of Music and Media. He is married to Sandie and they have three children: Jay, Jonathan, and AnnaBrooke. He feels that it is his calling to engage people in Spirit-led worship regardless of music style.

    Randy and his family have been members of FBC Centre since 2005 when he helped start the praise band for the contemporary service. At the time, he had been volunteering as Worship Leader for Celebrate Recovery since May 2004. In May of 2016, Randy joined our staff as Minister of Music and Media. Randy is married to Sandie and they have three children: Jay, Jonathan, and AnnaBrooke. It is Randy’s calling and desire to engage people in Spirit-led worship regardless of music style.

  • ALANA ALLEN

    CHOIR DIRECTOR

    circleemail  alana@fbc-centre.org


    Having grown up in Michigan, Alana is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a B.A. in music education, an Orff - Kodaly Certification from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee, and an M.A. from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. 


    Alana is also a published composer and plays a variety of musical instruments. She is married to John Allen, a Baptist minister. Together, they have served the Lord in churches and in the field of evangelism for over 46 years. She believes that music is powerful and that it has the ability to touch us, crossing lines of culture and generations, lifting spirits and reaching hearts.

    Originally from Trion, Georgia, but growing up in Michigan, Alana Allen is the organist and Sanctuary Choir director at FBC Centre. Alana is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a B.A. in music education, an Orff - Kodaly Certification from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee, and an M.A. from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Alana is also a published composer and plays a variety of musical instruments. She is married to John Allen, a Baptist minister. Together, they have served the Lord in churches and in the field of evangelism for over 46 years. She believes that music is powerful and that it has the ability to touch us, crossing lines of culture and generations, lifting spirits and reaching hearts.

  • TINA MCCORD

    OFFICE MANAGER

    circleemail  tina@fbc-centre.org


    Tina has been with us at FBCC since 1997, and serves as the financial secretary and administrative assistant to the senior pastor. 


    Tina holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Jacksonville State University, and is a native of Cherokee County. Tina is married to Tim McCord and they have two children: Jake and Jessica.

    Tina has been with FBC since 1997, and serves as the financial secretary and administrative assistant to the senior pastor. Tina holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Jacksonville State University, and is a Cherokee County native.  Tina is married to Tim McCord and they have two children, Jake and Jessica. 

  • RHONDA MCDONALD

    CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR


    circleemail  rhonda@fbc-centre.org


    Having joined First Baptist Centre in 2016, Rhonda serves as our Children's Director at FBCC.


    She and her husband Paul moved to Alabama in 2015 from Kentucky and made First Baptist Centre their church home. 

    Rhonda joined First Baptist Centre in October of 2016, where she serves as the Ministerial Assistant.  She and her husband Paul moved to Alabama in 2015 from Kentucky and made First Baptist Centre their church home.  Rhonda does our bulletins, handles the media, and works with the children of First Baptist Centre.  Helping children develop a significant relationship with Christ is her passion.  

  • JOSHUA JOHNSON

    MINISTERIAL ASSISTANT

    circleemail  joshua@fbc-centre.org


    Josh serves as a Ministerial Assistant at First Baptist Centre. He is a graphic designer, photographer, videographer, social media manager, and all-around tech geek, but above all loves seeing lives changed.


    He strives to use art and social media to spread the message of Jesus and inspire others to serve Him with their gifts and talents.

    Josh serves as a Ministerial Assistant at First Baptist Centre. He is a graphic designer, photographer, videographer, social media manager, and all-around tech geek, but above all enjoys seeing lives changed. He strives to use media to spread the message of Jesus and inspire others to serve Him with their gifts and talents.

  • RENEE WILLIAMS

    DIRECTOR OF SHEPHERD'S FOLD DAYCARE


    circleemailfbcshepherdsfold@gmail.com


    Renee has been a member of First Baptist Centre since 1973 and serves as the Director of Shepherd’s Fold Daycare which hosts around 100 children daily. She greatly enjoys working with our children, parents, and the Shepherd's Fold staff.


    Renee is also involved with the Impact Worship Team, the Sanctuary Choir, Women’s Ministry, and Mission Team. 

    Renee Williams has been a member of First Baptist Centre since 1973. She quickly made FBC Centre her church home and has served as Children’s Choir Director, Adult Choir Director and Sunday School over the years and has served with numerous church committees. Renee is currently the Director of Shepherd’s Fold Daycare which hosts approximately 100 children. She greatly enjoys working with our children, parents, and the Shepherd's Fold staff. She is involved with the Impact Worship Team, the Sanctuary Choir, Women’s Ministry, and Mission Team. 

  • BETH SERRENTINO

    ADMINISTRATOR OF THE RECREATIONAL OUTREACH CENTER (ROC)

    circleemail  roc@fbc-centre.org


    Beth serves as the Recreational Outreach Center Administrator and is responsible for the scheduling and general operation of the ROC campus.


    If you are interested in renting the ROC or hosting a special event, Beth is the one to call.

    Beth serves as the Recreational Outreach Center Administrator. She is responsible for the scheduling and general operation of the ROC campus. If you are interested in renting the ROC or hosting a special event, Beth is the one to contact.