Dr. John Whittaker

Bro. John is a graduate of Murray State University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union University. He was called to FBC, Franklin in November 2017.  He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years and has pastored or staffed churches across Kentucky and in Tennessee. 

John and Jessica celebrated twenty years of marriage in December 2018. They have three daughters who love music and play piano and strings. John's hobbies are fishing, hunting, archery and playing outside with family, John and Jessica  enjoy playing tennis, landscaping, DIY projects, riding bikes, and playing board games. 

Bro. John's current reading list includes: Craig Ethridge, Ben Sasse, Ravi Zacharius, Chris Kyle, C. S. Lewis, J. D. Greear, and Louis L'amour. He is a regular listener to podcasts like Albert Mohler's The Briefing, Rainer on Leadership, Ravi Zacharius Just Thinking, and Kentucky Sports Radio.

REV. DAVID JOHNSON

David and Pam have been with First Baptist since November 2018. David is the Minister of Music and Worship. He comes to FBC with a wealth of experience in the Worship Arts, ministering to churches in Georgia, Louisiana, and Kentucky with over 30 years of experience.  

He and Pam have three grown daughters and they have five grandchildren.

David enjoys outdoor recreation including kayaking, hiking, hunting and fishing. He also enjoys driving (and tinkering on) his classic '73 MGB.  

David has been privileged to serve on or lead mission trips locally, to many states around our country, and abroad, including Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, and Poland.  

Dr. David jicka

The journey in ministry bring Brenda and David Jicka back home to FBC, Franklin after serving as senior pastor in eight churches, then Associate Executive Minister for West Virginia Baptist Convention. Through fifty-four years of ministry they rejoice in being greatly blessed following his ordination here in 1964. After several interim opportunities they have returned to this church believing there is no retirement from the Lord's service. 

For the last two years, David has served as Minister of Pastoral Care at FBC. He and Brenda reaches out to those needing attention as homebound, in special care facilities, in hospital visitation, in counseling, and many who need assurance of God's love. 

David  and Brenda have been married for fifty-five years and have three sons, five grandchildren, and a dog named Barney. 

REV. CHRIS LASTER

Chris Laster is the Minister of Youth and Children at First Baptist.  He is married to his wonderful wife Beth.  They have four children, Caitlin, Emma, Joshua and Aidan and are currently foster parents of two young ladies.  Chris joined the First Baptist staff July 1, 2016.  Chris and Beth are passionate about seeing families understand the heart of the gospel of Jesus and growing in the faith.  They engage in helping young people take their next steps in following Jesus.  

He loves watching sports, documentaries, and eating brownies.  

TERESA STINSON

Teresa is married to Steve Stinson.  She has been the office administrator of First Baptist Church since 2008.  In October of 1973, the Lord saved me and then I was baptized in a local creek of significance called Drakes Creek.  I enjoy cooking and spending time with friends, family and my beautiful grandchildren. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful family and being a part of First Baptist Church.   The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.  Psalm 29:11

MISSY BRANDON

Missy Brandon, has been the director of Happyland Daycare for seventeen years. Born in Detroit, MI, she lived in Gainesboro, TN and Tampa, FL before finally moving to Franklin and she has lived here since second grade. She is married to Phillip Brandon for nineteen years, and they have one stepson, Tyler Brandon- 31, and one daughter, Hailey Brandon- 17. Missy is also known as “Nan” to two precious grandsons, Jordan and Jeremiah.  They spend their summers at the lake with family and friends. She lives for Monday nights when The Voice comes on, Saturdays are filled with shopping, and Sundays are spent with family and friends at church.