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|Dr. Stephen Martin, Senior Pastor, came to First Baptist Church Kernersville in 2003. He was born in Rutherfordton, NC, but grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Before entering the ministry, he was a free lance artist, who lived in Austin, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, NC., and received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University with distinction. Steve has a unique insight into artistic integration and creative arts ministries. He has published several articles on the subject and has also published a religious comic strip, and the lyrics for several choral compositions. He lives with his wife, Mary Ruth, a registered nurse, with twins, Andrew and Rebecca, along with two dogs and “some” cats.
Phone: 336.993.2577, ext 14
|Rev. William “Ward” Page, Minister of Youth and Education, is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he lived his entire life before moving to Kernersville with his wife, Jennifer. He graduated from Appalachian State University in December 2006, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Music. After college, Ward attended the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, where he earned his Master of Divinity in May 2010. That same month, Ward was ordained by the church in which he grew up, College Park Baptist Church. Ward has served as a member of the staff at First Baptist Church of Kernersville since May 2009. Ward married his wife, Jennifer, in June 2011, and celebrated the birth of their daughter, Lily Kate, in January 2013.
Phone: 336.993.2577, ext. 24
| Linda Seippel, Minister to Children and Missions, comes to us from the Moravian Church where she served as a Certified Director of Christian Education. She received her BA in Religion from Salem College and her Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She has previously served as a Resident Chaplain at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she received the Richard K. Young Award for Pastoral Care. Linda enjoys camping, hiking, and anything that invovled being outside enjoying God’s creation. She has two children and four grandchildren, and is still counting. She currently resides in Winston Salem with her husband Bill, and has been a member of the staff at First Baptist Church of Kernersville since January 2014.
Phone: 336.993.2577, ext. 21
| Terry Carney, Child Development Center Director, has served FBC since February of 2003. She has been married for 42 years and she and her husband, Rich, have one son. Terry has earned a degree in early childhood education and has ministered to young children since 1972. Her ministry opportunities have included teaching and directing in full-time Christian capacities in both Florida and North Carolina; specifically at Salem Baptist Christian School, Seminole Presbyterian School, and Becks Baptist Church. Her service in Christian education also includes functioning as a minister of children. Terry has shared her knowledge in children’s development by facilitating as a conference speaker at educator conventions and has continued to study early childhood education throughout her years of service in order to remain current on ECE teaching techniques, trends, and philosophies. Her devotion towards children has spanned over 40 years…and counting.
|Melissa Kessler, Pastoral Ministry Intern and Ministry Assistant, is a native of Rome, New York, but has been a part of FBC for many years. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from UNC Greensboro in 2008. After college Melissa spent 3 years living and working in southern India becoming involved in various ministries throughout the country. She graduated with her Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in May 2014. She has been serving officially at First Baptist Church of Kernersville since September 2012.
Phone: 336.993.2577, ext. 10
|Jackie Redding, Financial Secretary
Phone: 336.993.2577, ext. 12