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Dr. Mike Sams

Senior Pastor


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As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.

~Psalm 41:1 (NKJV)

Things you may or may not know about Bro. Mike...

  • Family: Married to the lovely Angela, July 17. We have 3 boys--Tyler, Garrett, & Ryan
  • Favorite thing about working @ FBCM: Being able to serve God by serving His people.
  • Life Inspirations: The Word of God & The witness of those who lived with bold faith & devotion to Jesus Christ.
  • Interest & Hobies: Sports, reading
  • Life Goal: For my life to make an eternal difference in the life of someone else.
  • Little-known fact: I hate snakes!!!
  • Right or Left Handed? Left
  • Music: Contemporary Christian & Classic Rock
  • Movies: Courageous, Fireproof, Secretariat
  • Restaurant: Olive Garden
  • Favorite get-away: Destin, FL
  • Starbucks: Cinnamon Dolce Latte
  • Junk Food: McDonald's French Fries
  • Favorite childhood memory: Time spent with my mother who went to be with the Lord in 1991.

  • Larry Washburn

    Associate Pastor of Administration & Education


    Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

    ~Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

    Things you may or may not know about Bro. Larry...

  • Family: Married to the lovely Carmen (August 16, 1974). Our kids-Matthew & Rosie Washburn, Nathan & Jennifer Washburn, Sarah & Jason Sullivan. Our grandkids - Easton, Crickett, Kara, Adlee, Emma and Owen.
  • Favorite thing about working @ FBCM: I have the blessing of serving God in my home church.
  • FBCM info: When my parents and I moved to Martin in the summer of 1964, we were visiting several churches until one Sunday morning on our way through town my parents asked, "Where should we go today?" I said, "I don't know about you, but I want out at First Baptist." I've been here ever since.
  • Life influences: My parents because they were great Christian influences in my life.
  • Life inspirations: Sitting and walking on the beach contemplating how great our God really is!
  • Interest & Hobbies: Old cars...and remodeling houses
  • Life goals: I want to lead my family in ways that please God.
  • Right or Left Handed? Right
  • Music: Oldies & Contemporary Christian
  • Favorite Movie: "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart
  • Restaurant: Cracker Barrel
  • How do you like your steak? Medium Well
  • Favorite Book: "Point Man" by Steve Farrar
  • Favorite get-away: Florida
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla
  • Favorite Milk Shake: Strawberry
  • Junk Food: Twinkies and Dr. Pepper
  • Best Childhood Memory: Playing baseball in the neighborhood all day long in the summer and walking or riding my bike to the "little" store

  • Ron Graves

    Associate Pastor of Music and Worship


    Chuck Johnson

    Associate Pastor of Youth


    find me on facebook: charles.j.johnson.9

    follow me on twitter: @ADisciple_maker

    It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

    ~Galatians 5:1 (NASB)

    Things you may or may not know about Chuck...

  • Family: Married to the lovely Brittni, Dec 15, 2007. We have four children: Chaz, Jedidiah, Jaden and ZoeLynn
  • Life influence: Parents who lived a daily relationship with Jesus in front of me.
  • Interest & Hobbies: hunting & fishing, sports with my kids
  • Life goal: To pass on my faith to my children and as many others as I can
  • Right or Left Handed? Right
  • Music: A little bit of everything-classical, Big Band, Classic Rock, Pop, Country
  • Movies: The Princess Bride, LOTR, Courageous
  • Restaurant: Steak & Seafood
  • How do you like your steak? Medium Rare
  • Favorite book: LOTR
  • Favorite get-away: Anywhere with Brittni!
  • Ice Cream: Chocolate
  • Junk Food: Gooey Brownies.

  • Matt Brewer

    Associate Pastor of Children


    find me on facebook: mbrewer24

    follow me on twitter: @mbrewer24

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

    ~Romans 8:37 (NIV)

    Things You May or May Not Know about Matt...

  • Inspiration: Seeing children and adults alike grasping and living out the gospel in their daily lives
  • Interest & Hobbies: Reading, Sports
  • Favorite thing about working @ FIRST: Being part of a church that is driven by fulfilling the Great Commission
  • Life-goal: That God would use me in the lives of others so that they may come to know Him and He would be glorified
  • Little-known facts: I've lived through a tornado, blizzard, earthquake, and hurricane
  • Music: FFH, Casting Crowns, John Waller, Matthew West
  • Movies: The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Food/Restaurant(s): Check-Fil-A, Moe's, Pizza Hut
  • Favorite Books: Thr3e (Ted Dekker), Radical (David Platt), Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis) and many more...
  • Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies & Cream
  • Vacation Spot: The mountains
  • Junk Food: M&M's, Doritos
  • Favorite Childhood Memory: Going to Tennessee football games every Fall

  • Jeffrey McEwen

    Associate Pastor of College


    Wilfredo Hernandez Portan

    Pastor Misión Hispana (Primera Iglesia Bautista de Martin)


    The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

    ~John 10:10 (NKJV)

    Things you may or may not know about Pastor Hernandez...

  • Family: Married to the lovely Jovita (February 7, 2004 in California) My wife has two daughters: Pameal & Carolina; I have 4 children: Wilfredo, Eliseo, Daniel, and Doris
  • Favorite thing about working @ FIRST: The ministry to the Hispanic community in the areas of Martin & Union City
  • Life influence: My mother. She taught me in the ways of God.
  • Interest & hobies: I like to watch the three, major, U.S. sports: Football, Basketball, and Baseball. My favorite teams are the L.A. Lakers, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Dodgers. I also like to read the history and motives of World War I & II.
  • Life-goals: That even after retirement, I would keep working in the ministry...until the Lord calls me home.
  • Little-known fact: I was 5 years old in 1958 when Mr. Milton Eisenhower (Brother of then President Eisenhower) made a visit to Central America and Panama. My father was a member of a union group in San Salvador. He was asked to look for a boy who dared to say, "Beienvenido, Mr. Eisenhower." My father chose me to do it. After hearing others that morning say, "God Bless You, Mr. Eisenhower," I changed my "Bienvenido" ("Welcome") to "God Bless You..."
  • Right or left handed? Right
  • Song: "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
  • Food/Restaurant(s): Salvadorean "pupusas", The American Ribeye, and Mexican Beef Tacos
  • How do you like your steak? Medium Well
  • Books: The Bible ... and any books about the "Revelotuion and independence" of U.S., France, Russia, and Latin America
  • Favorite Ice Cream flavor: Coconut-Pineapple hummm...!!!
  • Favorite getaway: The great parks of California: Sequoia, Yosemite, and King Canyon
  • Favorite Junk Food: Hot dogs and grilled hamburgers!!!

  • Carmen Washburn

    Administrative Assistant / Office of the Senior Pastor


    Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

    ~1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

    Things you may or may not know about Carmen...

  • Family: Married to Bro. Larry (August 16, 1974). Our children-Matthew & Rosie Washburn, Nathan & Jennifer Washburn, Sarah & Jason Sullivan. Our grandkids - Easton, Crickett, Kara, Adlee, Emma and Owen.
  • Favorite thing about working @ FBCM: Being able to help meet the needs of people who come through our office.
  • How long have you been attending FBCM? I started attending in 8th grade.
  • Life influences: My mom & dad. They believed in me and encouraged me. They taught me about Jesus.
  • Life inspirations: The Scriptures, Prayers being answered, and seeing God work in the lives of people.
  • Interest & hobbies: Playing with my grandchildren, working in the yard, decorating, walking
  • Life-goals: I want to represent Jesus well in whatever I do. I want to continually point my children and grandchildren to Christ so they will follow in the ways of God.
  • Music: Contemporary Christian, Oldies
  • Movies: Finding Nemo, A Knight's Tale, Courageous, Fireproof
  • Restaurants: Jason's Deli, The Chop House, Panera Bread
  • Books: "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, "One in a Million" by Priscilla Shirer
  • Favorite get-away: Destin, FL
  • Milk Shake: Chocolate
  • Favorite childhood memory: Going to the lake with my family

  • Karen Kirkland

    Administrative Assistant / Music & Worship Ministries


    For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    ~Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

    Things you may or may not know about Karen...

  • Family: Married to Ken. We have one son, Jonathan.

  • Jeanne King

    Administrative Assistant / Youth & Education Ministries


    Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

    ~Romans 12:2 (HCSB)

    Things you may or may not know about Jeanne...

  • Family: Married to Bobby (Anniversary Date: November 16), We have one daughter, Hilary
  • Interest & Hobies: Reading & walking
  • Right of Left Handed? Right
  • Movies: "To Kill a Mockingbird" & "Gone With the Wind"

  • Marsha Higgs

    Financial Secretary

    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    ~Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

  • Family: 3 adult children, 2 granddaughters

  • James Bryant

    Facilities Manager

    Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    ~Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

    Things you may or may not know about James...

  • Family: Married to the lovely Beverly (February 14, 2003), Son-Jason, Step daughters-Kristy Hicks & Alicia Webb
  • Life influence: My mother
  • Life inspiration: The Love of God
  • Interest & Hobbies: Wood working, auto repair, hunting & fishing
  • Life goal: To serve God in all that I do
  • Right of Left Handed? Right
  • Music: Gospel & Country
  • Movies: SCI-FI
  • Restaurant: Steak & Seafood
  • How do you like your steak? Well done
  • Favorite book: The Bible
  • Favorite get-away: Florida
  • Ice Cream: Strawberry
  • Junk Food: Cookies
  • Other favorites: Going on mission trips

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