Noel Schoonmaker has served as Pastor of First Baptist Church since 2013. He is married to Dayna and they have two young daughters, Maggie and Nora. A native of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, he was ordained to the gospel ministry at Churchland Baptist Church in Lexington, North Carolina, where he served as Pastor from 2004-2005. He also served as Pastor of First Baptist Church, Valdese, North Carolina from 2007-2013. Noel is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.), Wake Forest University (M.Div.), and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.), where he currently serves on the faculty of the David G. Buttrick Certificate Program in Homiletic Peer Coaching. He has presented essays at the Academy of Homiletics and the Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion and has published for Homily Service, Homiletic, Preaching Online, NextSunday.com, and the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. Noel enjoys spending time with his family, making music, playing basketball, and traveling. One thing he likes about First Baptist Church is its numerous ecumenical partnerships in worship and mission.
Minister of Christian Formation
Phil Potratz has served as Minister of Christian Formation since 2008. He is married to Karen and they have one married daughter, Nicole Chambers, and one son, Nathan. Phil was ordained to the gospel ministry by the First Baptist Church of Knob Noster, Missouri, where he served as associate pastor. He also served as associate pastor at churches in Kentucky and Nashville before moving to Murfreesboro. Phil holds the Master’s of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. One thing he likes about First Baptist Church is how very welcoming it is to all people.
Minister to Senior Adults and Congregational Care
Pam Pilote serves as Minister of Senior Adults and Congregational Care and has been on staff at First Baptist Church since 1996. She is the mother of 3 grown sons and has previous professional experience as a social worker and rehab counselor. She holds a Master’s degree from Arkansas State University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. One thing she likes about First Baptist Church is how church members of all ages treat each other like family.
Minister to Students
David Cates serves as Minister to Youth and College-Age and has been on staff at First Baptist Church since 2000. He is married to Ashley and they have a teenage son, Benjamin. David studied business administration, criminal justice, aerospace, business management, computer science and agribusiness before finally coming to what had been suggested by his college pastor…ministry among young people! One thing he likes about First Baptist Church is the updated website.
Interim Children's Ministry Team Leader
Lacye Krisle has served as Interim Children’s Ministry Team Leader since 2013. She is married to Dale, and they have attended First Baptist Church for 5 years. Lacye holds a B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University and works as a middle school language arts teacher. One thing she likes about First Baptist Church is its commitment to mission work.
Director of Chancel Choir
Bryan Anderson has served as Director of Chancel Choir since 2012. He is married to Lauren and they have two children, Jacob and Hayden. Bryan holds a M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. from Carson-Newman College. He previously served churches in Nashville, Franklin, and Knoxville. One thing Bryan likes about First Baptist Church is its appreciation for different types of music and the various ways music is employed in worship services.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Scott Willis has served as Contemporary Worship Leader since 2000. He is married to Vickie and together they have two adult children, Andrew and Amy Beth. Scott was ordained to the gospel ministry at Forrest Highlands Baptist Church in Little Rock and served as a Baptist campus minister in Arkansas and Georgia. He holds a Master’s degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University. He appreciates how First Baptist Church is committed to worshipping God in different ways and serving God in a unique downtown setting.
Teresa Franklin has served as Publications Secretary since 2000. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 26 years. Together they have two sons, Matthew and Michael. Teresa also has a son, William, and a daughter, Toni, from a previous marriage. One thing she likes about First Baptist Church is how its members respond to needs that arise by helping in any way they can.
Brenda Alexander has served as Financial Secretary since 2000. She is married to Tim and they have two children, Whitney and Wesley, who are students at Middle Tennessee State University. They also have two dogs, Jazzy and Harley. Brenda studied computers and accounting at Nashville State Community College and has previous professional experience in banking, insurance, and retail management. One thing she likes about First Baptist Church is its commitment to ministering to the community and beyond.
Donna Loggins has served as Administrative Assistant since 2009. She is the proud aunt of six nieces, six nephews, and eight great-nephews. One thing she likes about First Baptist Church is how it encourages and utilizes lay participation in all its ministries, giving every member an opportunity to be a part of the body of Christ.
Sherri Poole has served as Facilities Manager since 2000. She is married and has two children. One thing she likes about First Baptist Church is its willingness to show the love of Jesus to others.
WEE School Director
Media Library Director