Meet OUR STAFF

Everyone on our staff is passionate about what God has called them to do and work hard to reach the community for Christ. Despite their varying backgrounds, they are all approachable and love serving others.

  • LEAD PASTOR: EDDIE NATION

    Contact Eddie:

    eddie@fbc-centre.org

    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.

  • ASSOCIATE PASTOR: GARY HARDIN

    contact Gary:

    gary@fbc-centre.org

    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.

  • SENIOR ADULTS PASTOR: CHARLES WOODFIN

    contact Charles:

    (256) 458-2966

    Charles E. Woodfin was born and raised in Floyd County, GA where he graduated from Armuchee High School and soon went on to attend Snead Junior College in Boaz, Alabama and Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida.


    Charles first began to preach at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia in 1953. He was later ordained at First Baptist Church in Dothan, AL in 1964. He has since pastored several churches throughout Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. for over fifty years. After coming to First Baptist Centre, Charles was called to become our Pastor to Senior Adults where he serves to this day.

  • MINISTER TO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: LANCE HUGHES

    Contact Lance:

    lance@fbc-centre.org

    Lance joined our staff in October 2016 as the Minister to Students and Families. He and his wife, Jacie, where 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. 

  • WORSHIP PASTOR: RANDY RAINEY

    Contact Randy:

    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 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.

  • choir director:  Alana allen

    Contact Alana:

    alana@fbc-centre.org

    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.

  • CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: TINA MCCORD

    contact tina:

    tina@fbc-centre.org

    Tina has been with First Baptist Centre 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.

  • MINISTERIAL ASSISTANT: RHONDA MCDONALD

    Contact Rhonda:

    rhonda@fbc-centre.org

    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.

  • MINISTERIAL ASSISTANT: joshua johnson

    CONTACT joshua:

    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 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.

  • DAYCARE DIRECTOR:  Renee Williams

    contact Renee:

    fbcshepherdsfold@gmail.com

    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. 

  • ROC ADMINISTRATOR: SHEILA BARRETT

    contact Sheila:

    roc@fbc-centre.org

    Sheila has served as the Recreational Outreach Center Administrator since 2004. 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 Sheila is the one to contact.