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Meet the staff


Senior Pastor, Shane Nickell

contact email: pastorshane.fbc@gmail.com

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 two wonderful children and one grandaughter. Their daughter Erica and grandaughter Isasbella reside in Orlando, FL. Their son Brandon and wife Erin reside in Denver, CO. Pastor Shane loves playing piano, boating, fishing and motorcycling. He has led FBC for 18 years.


Associate Pastor of Students and Rec Ministries, Jason Doty

contact email: pastordoty@gmail.com

A native of East TN and graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Jason and his family (Jen of Ft. Mitchell Ky, and their two sons Jackson and Jake) have just joined the First Family Ministry Team. 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. Jason will also lead in the continued deveopment of ministry through the use of our Family Life Center and Recreational Ministries.


Staff Assistant, Patti Wilson

contact email: patti.wilson@windstream.net

Pastoral Staff Assistant and Office Administrator, Patti Wilson. Patti is a native of Barbourville and is a graduate of Union College. She has two beautiful children Drew 13 and Mara 10. Patti enjoys reading, running and gymnastics. She has been on staff at FBC for 21 years.


Ruth Ann Hill, Nursery Coordinator and Office Assistant

contact email: ruthanne.fbc@gmail.com

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 and does a super job of recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers to keep our Church Nursery staffed and running smoothly.


Custodian Tony MIlls

Custodial and Maintenance, 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 Aaron and Zack. Tony has been serving here at the church for 11 years and continues to do a great job!


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