A list of the church staff.
Dr. Tony Hopkins, Senior Pastor
Tony has been Senior Pastor since September of 2002. Tony completed his undergraduate degree (BA in English) from Furman University and graduated with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy (New Testament Studies) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In April of 2008, Tony began a one year term as Moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, having served on its Missions Committee and Coordinating Council for four years. He pastored the First Baptist Church in Edgefield, SC for ten years and the Eastside Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, KY for almost six years. He also taught New Testament and Greek at Southern Seminary; and currently teaches Old Testament and New Testament at Lander University in Greenwood. His wife Carol, teaches music at Merrywood Elementary School. Tony and Carol have two children, Michelle and Caleb.
Rev. Blake Kendrick, Associate Pastor for Students and Spiritual Formation
Blake joined the staff of Greenwood First Baptist Church in August 2007. He is a 2006 graduate of Duke Divinity School's Baptist House of Studies Program. Blake has served churches in Gastonia and Charlotte, NC, and Dallas, TX. He was ordained at First Baptist Church on September 16, 2007. Blake and his wife, Anna, have two children Winston and Eleanor.
David Corbitt, Part-Time Minister of Music
David joined the staff as Part-Time Minister in Music in May of 2012. David has served as Minister of Music for more than thirty years. He is a graduate of Furman University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Church Music. David is married to Bonnie who is a principal at Springfield Elementary School. David and Bonnie have a daughter, Lauren.
Mr. David Jennings, Minister of Administration
David Jennings joined the staff of Greenwood First Baptist Church in August, 2008 as Minister of Administration. David and his wife, Amy, are both graduates of Belmont University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David received his Masters of Divinity Degree in Christian Education. David brings 22 years of ministry experience serving as Minister of Education and Students at FBC Newport, TN and as Associate Pastor at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains, TN. David and Amy have one daughter, Jennifer, who is a student at Erskine College.
Mrs. Claudia Burch, Director of Children’s Ministry
Claudia became Director of Children's Ministry in May 2008, having served as Director of the Cheerful Cherubs Preschool since 1999. Claudia is a graduate of Furman University. She and her husband, Jay, have three daughters, Anna, Caroline, and Catherine, who is married to Scott.
Ms. Mary Frances Thompson, Ministry Assistant
Mrs. Linda Miller, Financial Assistant (Part-Time)
Mr. Jerry Chastain, Church Treasurer
Mr. Jesse Bolden, Maintenance Staff
Dr. Ron Davis, Organist