our leadership team

The staff and leadership here at First Baptist Centre is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 256.927.3316.

Its Staff Appreciation month

All through October

October is Church Staff Appreciation Month. This means you have an opportunity to tell Brother Eddie and the rest of our church staff just how much you appreciate them! How can you do this? You can:

✓ Send a card (yes, there are cards made for this!) and write a note listing how/why you appreciate their ministry.

✓ Lift up our church staff and their families in prayer (hopefully, you have been doing this already but especially now as church activities gear up).

✓ Send encouragement to our church staff via email. You can find each staff member's email listed below.

✓ Send a gift (this could be a monetary gift, gift basket, homemade goodies, etc.).  You can choose to mail your gift or deliver it by hand to our church office (300 E. Bypass, Centre, AL 35960). If the gift is monetary, please specify on the envelope, etc.


These are just a few ways to SAY you appreciate our church staff. But you can also SHOW your appreciation by:

✓ Attending worship (if you feel safe coming in-person).

✓ Participating in a church ministry (there are always places to serve!).

✓ Inviting someone to join you for worship (either in-person or online).

✓ Offering to be on a team (worship, audio/visual, hospitality, children's ministry, etc.).

✓ Asking how you can be more involved. Because your INVOLVEMENT will make everyone at our church feel supported and appreciated!


Hopefully, this list gives you a few ideas on how to make this year's Church Staff Appreciation Month truly meaningful.


  • EDDIE NATION

    Lead Pastor

    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 30 years. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree 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.

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  • GARY HARDIN

    Associate Pastor

    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. He is married to his wife, Linda.

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  • LANCE HUGHES

    Youth & Families Minister

    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 one daughter, Emma Joy.

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  • RHONDA MCDONALD

    Children's Director

    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. 

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  • RANDY RAINEY

    Worship Leader

    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.

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  • ALANA ALLEN

    Choir Director
    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.
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  • TINA McCORD

    Office Manager

    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.

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  • Joby Clinner

    Media & Communications

    Joby recently moved to Centre from Georgia, and started volunteering to help out with sound and media at First Baptist Centre. Along with his media and communication duties, he also supports the other staff in different ways. He has one son: Noah Clinner

  • RENEE WILLIAMS

    Shepherd's Fold Daycare Director

    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.

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  • BETH SERRENTINO

    ROC Administrator

    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 you are hosting a special event, please call Beth at 256.927.3316.

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