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Meet the staff

Senior Pastor, Shane Nickell

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Lead Pastor, Shane Nickell is a Kentucky native, born in West Liberty. A graduate of Laurel County High School, University of the Cumberlands and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Shane has pastored churches in Kentucky and Florida. Married Sandra Lynn Savely, a Registered Nurse and they have twol children and four wonderful grandchildren. Pastor Shane loves preaching, playing piano, fishing and motorcycling. He has led FBC for 21 years.

Associate Pastor of Students and Rec Ministries, Jason Doty

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A native of East TN and graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Jason and Jen have three sons have been with us 5 years. Jason has a love for students and is passionate about teaching the truths of God's Word to build a solid foundation and mature followers of Jesus Christ.

Staff Assistant, Patti Wilson

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Pastoral Staff Assistant and Office Administrator. Patti is a native of Barbourville and graduate of Union College. She has two beautiful children. Patti enjoys reading, running and gymnastics. She has been on staff at FBC for 25 years. (Yes... we hired her when she was 10!).

Ruth Ann Hill, Nursery Coordinator and Office Assistant

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Ms. Hill has been an integral part of the First Family for over 40 years. She is a wonderful grandmother, a very capable addition to our office staff. As Associate Sunday School Director she does a super job of recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers to help keep our Sunday School staffed and running smoothly.

Custodian Tony MIlls

If you ever wonder who is keeping this place looking so clean, who sets up tables and chairs, or who is fixing the things that always seem to get broken... well... that would be our man Tony! Tony was born and raised in Knox County. He is married to Lisa Marie Mills and has 2 children. Tony has been serving here at FBC for 13 years and continues to do a great job!

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