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. Doug BOyles

Rev. Doug Boyles surrendered to the ministry as a teenager and was called to his first Church (Smith’s Grove Baptist) in 1979.  With a few breaks here and there, he has served either bi-vocationally or in full time ministry ever since.  Doug received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Western Kentucky University in Music Education.  He taught public school for 12 years before going into full time ministry in 2001.

Doug & his wife,  Margann, have been married for 38 years.  They have two grown children, Laurabeth (Sam) and Andrew (Maddie).  A little over a year ago Sam & Laurabeth blessed Doug and Margann with their first grandchild, Amelia Jane.

Doug loves spending time with family, getting outside with their rescue dog, Jake,

and being Amelia’s ‘granddaddy!’

Doug feels so blessed to have been able to serve in several churches in the southcentral Kentucky area as well as South Carolina and Vine Grove (Hardin Co.), KY.  He thoroughly enjoys Music Ministry and feels very honored to be a part of the ministry team here at

First Baptist Church, Franklin.

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.

In Memory:

David Johnson

REV. DAVID JOHNSON

David Johnson was with First Baptist as  Minister of Music and Worship from November 2018 until his untimely death December 31st, 2019.  

We continue to pray for  Pam, three grown daughters, three son in laws, seven grandchildren and the rest of the Johnson's extended family.

First Baptist was blessed by David during his short time of ministry with the church. We look forward to being reunited as worshippers in heaven one day. 

To God be the glory!