- Dean Haun
- Mike Chesney
- Danny Georges
- Don Beach
- Tim Thompson
- Rob Walters
- John Greene
- Doug Johnson
- Brooks Gray
- John Griggs
As you are viewing my profile it is my prayer that we can someday meet in person.
I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee but I did not come into this world alone. I have an identical twin brother named David who is a Christian business man in Knoxville. We both graduated from Doyle High School.
My parents were sporadic in their Church attendance when I was young. My mother, Janet, was a Christian but my father, Charles, a very successful business man in Knoxville, was not. Mom prayed for the family and specifically prayed for the salvation of my dad. When I was 13 years old my father trusted Christ as His Savior and became a sold-out believer in Jesus Christ. My parents joined Valley Grove Baptist Church in Knoxville where they became very active. My dad also became active as a lay-leader with Campus Crusade for Christ.
As a senior at Doyle High School Dad challenged me and my brother to attend a Campus Crusade Youth Conference. It was at that conference that I repented of my sins and trusted in Christ as my Savior. Six months later, at another Campus Crusade for Christ Bible Conference, I sensed the Lord’s call to preach the Gospel. I was licensed in February of 1974 and ordained in 1976.
I met my wife, Pam, at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. We were married in Memphis, Pam’s home town, in August of 1975. We have three grown children and five grandchildren. Jonathan is married to Samantha and they have two daughters, Addison and Mason. Jordon is married to Jana and they have two children, Ethan and Erin. Jennah is married to Jordan Mendez and they have one daughter, Sofia.
I received a Bachelor of Arts from Cumberland College with a major in Religion and Pastoral Counseling in May of 1977, a Master of Divinity (with an emphasis in Preaching) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1981, and a Doctor of Ministries in Expository Preaching through Trinity Theological Seminary in 1998. I had the privilege of learning under the great expositor, Dr. Stephen Olford.
It has been my blessing to serve churches in Kentucky, Texas, south Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia. God has allowed me to be very active with the Tennessee Baptist Convention serving as Chairman of the Executive Board and Chairman of the State Baptist paper, The Baptist and Reflector, back in the 90’s. I have served as a member of the Executive Committee for the TBC since 2008. I have recently served as President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference in 2012 and President of the Convention in 2013. I came to FBCM having most recently served for eight and one half years at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Georgia. It has been an incredible privilege to serve our great church since December of 2007.
I also have a deep love for Israel and am involved in numerous ministries and many trips to the Holy Land (Come go with me on our next trip). God has allowed us to begin a ministry to the Messianic Churches in Israel called Harvest of Israel.
I love the Big Orange, especially UT football and basketball. I love everything about the mountains.
Most of all, I love my Savior who died for me that through Him I might have eternal life. I pray that you know Him and are walking with Him as well.
Don’t forget! If you visit our Church I want to meet you!
I grew up in Knoxville and attended high school at Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy and the University of Tennessee, graduating in the field of Education. I later completed my MBA from the University Of Chicago, while working in the telecommunications industry. After thirty five years in that industry I began consulting within various business and small city management as well as bi-vocationally working in various churches doing pulpit supply, working with senior adults, pastoral care and administration. I received additional biblical training from the Bible Training Center at Harrison Chilhowee, The J. Harold Smith Pastor Training program and the Masters in Applied Theology program at Carson Newman University. I received my license to the Gospel Ministry from Central Baptist Church of Bearden, where I was interim Senior Adult and Pastoral care pastor and leader of Sunday evening services. The time I worked at Central Baptist under Pastor and mentor Larry Fields strengthened my call to the ministry. Working with Dean Haun and witnessing his passion for training bi-vocational pastors in the J. Harold Smith program led me to learn about the amazing ministry here at First Baptist Morristown.
My wife Karen is also from Knoxville and attended UT where we met and later married. We have two daughters and one grandson. Karen works part time for the Knox County Association of Baptists as the ministry assistant to the Director of Missions. It is truly a privilege to work and serve with this great staff and family of believers here at FBCM as well as being part of a great community here in Morristown.
Pastor of Care & Senior Adults
As a young boy, Danny Georges attended a small church near his home. He participated in the Royal Ambassador program and was guided by some compassionate, godly men. At the age of twelve, he became aware of his sin and his need for a Savior. He experienced a life change as he repented of his sins and received Jesus into his life. This presence is real and personal. Soon after giving his life to Christ, God put a strong call on Danny’s life to pursue a full time Christian ministry. That definite call from God has shaped his life to this day. Danny attended North Greenville Community College where he earned his Associate of Arts Degree. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education from Mars Hill College and his Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Danny has served at several churches. After serving as Youth Pastor at churches in Raleigh, N.C. and Lakeland, FL., he served as Minister of Youth and Education at First Baptist Church, Newton, North Carolina (3 years) and First Baptist Church, Sweetwater, Tennessee (6years). He served as Minister of Education & Outreach/Senior Adults at First Baptist Church, Morristown from 1989 to 2001. He then served as Minister of Discipleship at Bluegrass Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN until 2002, at which time God clarified the call on Danny’s life and the direction He wanted him to take in ministry. The focus of his call changed from education to Pastoral Care and Senior Adults.
Danny was again called to First Baptist in Morristown in September, 2002, where he serves as the Pastor of Senior Adults and Pastoral Care. Danny states that his goal in ministry to Senior Adults is to bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ, to help them grow deeper in their faith, to keep them active in ministry and to provide opportunities for seniors to fellowship with one another. Danny’s great love for people is evident in his Pastoral Care Ministry.
Danny and Cindy Georges were married in Knoxville, Tennessee in January, 1977. They are the parents of two sons, David, who graduated from Mars Hill College in 2003, and recently returned home after serving two-years as a Journeyman missionary with the IMB in South East Asia. Phillip, their second son, graduated from Carson Newman College in 2004 and is currently employed locally. Danny enjoys following the Clemson Tigers and the teams from the University of Tennessee. He also loves to garden, golf and fish. Cindy teaches regularly in the “School of the Bible”, enjoys scrapbooking, and is active in Women’s Ministry and WMU.
Pastor of Adult Education & Missions
Don Beach was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born to Christian parents who did not attend church with regularity. The Beach family moved frequently as his father was a flight instructor for the U.S. military. When Don was eight years old and attending First Baptist Church of Winter Haven, Florida, Mrs. Cook, his third grade Sunday School teacher, was influential in his coming to Christ. He met with the Pastor and prayed to receive Christ in his office. By the age of 12, Don knew that he was called to the ministry. Although God seemed to take second place in his life during the turbulent teen years, he knew the call was real and rededicated his life to the Lord while a student at Troy State University in Alabama. Don graduated from Troy State University where he received a B.S. Degree in Psychology and completed minors in both Philosophy and History. After serving a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, he returned to Alabama to complete his undergraduate degree and then on to Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended Southwestern Seminary and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Religious Education.
Don had served several churches in Texas, Georgia and Oklahoma before accepting the call to First Baptist, Morristown. Don accepted the call to First Baptist, Morristown, in January of 2006. He brings a wealth of experience to his position as Pastor of Adult Education and Discipleship. Don has a passion for evangelism and discipleship. He hopes to see the church grow both numerically and spiritually. “We must be willing to give our verbal testimony and share Christ with others.” He is an enthusiastic proponent of church growth, while at the same time believes that it is important to help believers mature in their faith. Don has served as a church growth consultant for LifeWay and several state conventions. He serves as one of LifeWay’s 75 Regional Coordinators, mentoring other Ministers of Education. He has served the denomination in other positions as well.
Don and Beth were married in 1969 after his return from Vietnam and while he was still in the Navy. They have two children, Tammy Angel, and Sean Donald. Tammy is married to a Pastor and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sean, their son, lives in Morristown, TN. The Beaches are particularly proud of their five grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Kariss, Andrew, and Mailey. Don enjoys anything that has to do with aviation. He is currently a flight instructor, holding both a CFI and CFII rating in this field. Another of his hobbies involves restoring VW Beetles. Beth is very accomplished in home decoration. They both enjoy getting away and traveling together.
Tim Thompson was born in West Virginia to Christian parents. When he was eight years old, he went forward during a crusade service to accept Jesus as his personal savior, but no one prayed with him. Although Tim desired to give his life to Jesus at that time, it was a few years later before he realized that something was missing in his life. But the teenage years were quickly approaching and the flame of conviction faded. While attending college, he found a good friend in Mike Wade who was older than Tim and a good role model for the Christian life. One night Mike shared his personal testimony and this helped Tim realize what he needed to do. Tim went back to his room that very night and asked Jesus into his heart. This occurred on September 15, 1983 at 12:43 a.m. Mike was not aware of the important role he had played in Tim’s life until 20 years later when they were reunited. Tim graduated from Middlesboro High School in Middlesboro, Kentucky in 1982. He then attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Tim graduated with a double major in Religious Education and Psychology.
Tim served as the youth pastor as well as the Minister of Education and the Minister of Music at Middle Creek Baptist Church in Coalfield, Tennessee. His next call was to Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, to be the Minister to Preschoolers and Children. He soon realized that this was the age group God had called him to serve. Tim ministered at Porter Memorial until 1998, when he accepted the call to be the Minister to Preschoolers and Children at FBC.
Tim describes his preschool and children’s ministries in the following terms. The Preschool Ministry of FBC serves as the “footer” which supports the foundation. The preschooler is a person who is fully capable and prepared to learn about God’s love for them and who Jesus is and why He came to earth. They also learn, among other things, that the Bible is God’s word. The Children’s Ministry is the Foundation. It is the supporting structure for the life of the believer. The children are taught to internalize God’s word, have a relationship with God through prayer and hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Tim and his wife Becky are the parents of four children: Holly, Josh, Mary Grace, and Anna. As a family, they enjoy golfing and other outdoor activities such as camping and riding bikes. Tim and Becky home school their four children and are involved in the Five Rivers Home School Co-op which meets at First Baptist, Morristown. The Thompson family also enjoys playing board games, working around the house and watching “The Andy Griffith Show”. Being from Kentucky means that college basketball is king at their house, so they are always busy when the Kentucky “Cats” are playing. Becky also enjoys sewing, reading, and scrapbooking.
Student Minister, Rob Walters – Rob joined our staff in August, 2010 although he is not new to First Baptist Church, Morristown, as he and his wife Lindsay have been serving with the youth at our church since 2006. Rob and Lindsay met while attending Carson-Newman College, where Rob graduated in 2004 with a B.A. Degree in Communication Arts. He and Lindsay were married in 2005, and now have three children.
John Greene was born in Memphis, Tennessee and spent his formative years in Prentiss, Mississippi. Being the son of a Baptist pastor, John was never far from the influence of his parents and the church. John’s mother always encouraged her children to prepare their Sunday school lesson each Saturday evening. At the age of 13, as he was studying his lesson, John realized that he was lost and needed Christ in his life. He responded that night by giving his heart to Christ. The next day, he publicly professed Christ before his home congregation and was baptized a few weeks later. By the age of 15, John felt God’s call to full-time ministry. During his high school years, he began to use his musical abilities to lead out in church, school and revival meetings. John began his education at Clarke College, a Baptist junior college in Newton, Mississippi. It was there that he met his future wife, Beth. He received his B.A. in Music from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Three years later, he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Education.
John comes to First Baptist with a wealth of experience as a worship leader. He has served churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia and served for 10 years at Hunters’ Glen Baptist Church in Plano, TX. He has been a part of the First Baptist Morristown staff since July of 2006.
John’s philosophy of ministry is that he sees himself first and foremost as a pastor and secondly, as a musician. He wants to see every member of First Baptist involved in the music ministry. One can be a member of the Celebration Choir & Orchestra, our Student and Children’s Choirs, or as a part of our largest choir…the congregation. His desire is to lead God’s people to a deeper relationship with our Lord through worship and personal devotion.
John and Beth were married on July 22, 1978. They are the parents of two sons, both of whom are active in music ministry. Philip and his wife, Marissa live in Fletcher, NC where Philip serves as the Worship Pastor at West Asheville Baptist Church. They have a daughter, Elizabeth Kaye and a son, Joshua Mark. Michael and his wife, Shanna serve Heatherwood Baptist Church in Newnan, GA and are the parents of three young sons, Jonathan David, Caleb Elijah and Benjamin Michael. John and Beth enjoy traveling, working in their yard and hiking. Beth has taught music through the years and currently leads our Music Maker Choir and sings in the Celebration Choir. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor/ Board Certified Counselor and leads the Christian Care Ministry here at First Baptist.
Pastor of Media
Doug joined the staff of FBC January 1st of 2011. He was born in Morristown, Tennessee and was raised in a Christian home that was active in a growing church. One morning while attending Children’s Church, at the age of 9, Doug fell under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. That morning he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ.
Doug, through his high school years, developed an interest in broadcasting and landed his first radio job during his junior year working weekends. Continuing to pursue the broadcast field, he continued to work in radio and moved to full-time status upon his high school graduation in 1985. He worked for various stations in East Tennessee not only on-air, but also as Operations Manager, Music Director, and Program Director. Doug also worked with advertisement agencies developing television and radio commercials.
In the early nineties the Spirit began to move Doug from broadcasting toward ministry. Doug had already completed an Associates Degree from Walters State. Then in 1991, Doug accepted a bi-vocational youth minister position at Lebanon Baptist Church in Talbott for 4 ½ years. During this ministry he completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Carson Newman College in Communication Arts. After Doug graduated Carson Newman College he began working at Goody’s Family Clothing Corporate Headquarters in their Information Technology group as a Systems Programmer. He then accepted a position in the startup of Vifan USA where he setup and managed the Information Technology department for ten years. While at Vifan, God opened a new opportunity in youth ministry. Doug began at Hillcrest Baptist Church in 2003 as a youth pastor and then moved into full-time ministry accepting the role of Associate Pastor – Youth and Outreach. While there he completed a Master’s Degree from Luther Rice University & Seminary in Christian Studies. Doug has now completed his M.Div in Apologetics at the same institution.
Doug’s ministry experience has offered him various opportunities in missions. He has led various area-wide door to door canvassing outreaches and participated in missional Back Yard Bible Clubs, Block Parties, and VBS activities while partnering with church plants. He has also led youth beach evangelism events and has spoken at youth and college camps. Doug has participated as a Dawson McAllister Hope Coach for the Dawson McAllister national radio program. Doug has participated in various disaster relief projects. He speaks routinely at Carson Newman in their Communications Department concerning church marketing and web development. He has also developed websites for various churches and businesses in East Tennessee.
Doug married his wife Rhonda in 1987 and they are the parents of two children, Ryan and Hannah. Ryan is beginning his third year in college and enjoys watching and playing sports. Hannah is a senior in High School. Rhonda enjoys reading and scrapbooking. Doug loves mountain biking and is still trying to master snowboarding. The family enjoys spending time at the beach.
Associate Pastor of Media & Worship
Brooks Gray became part of the FBC staff in February of 2013 as Contemporary Worship Leader for the newly added service, “The Way”. Brooks and his wife, Nichole, live in Greeneville, TN along with their four children.
Entering his senior year of High School in the summer of 2000, Brooks attended an FCA Leadership camp at King College where he dedicated his heart and service to the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He later went on to attend Hiwassee College and graduated with an A.S. Degree focused in music in 2003. It was during his time spent at Hiwassee that he led worship for the Christian Student Movement campus ministry and began answering the call into the ministry of leading others in worship through music.
“It seems to me that many people underestimate and take for granted the power of the church body united in worship. A body that meets together regularly, standing fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel is a powerful force. I’m honored to be able to use my gifts to serve the church as we ‘reach forward to the things that are ahead’ and ‘press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’.”
Pastor of Prayer
John Griggs was raised in Huntsville, Texas. He found the Lord through the leadership of godly parents. His dad read the Bible each night to his family of six, and his mom led him to memorize many scripture passages. One night, John was led by his mother to pray and make Jesus the Lord and Savior of his life. God called John to preach during his second year of engineering study at the University of Huntsville, while studying physics. He joined the Baptist Church that night although he had been raised a Methodist. John graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. He then attended Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in Berkley, California and earned a Bachelor of Divinity in 1957. He attended Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and earned a Master of Theology degree in 1959. John served as Pastor of Muncy Creek Baptist Church from 1957 – 1958 and Casky Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky from 1958 – 1962. He then served as an IMB Missionary to Zimbabwe, Africa as a church planter from 1962 – 1996. During his tenure in Africa, he saw three churches grow to 365 churches and saw 20,000 souls baptized. John was called to FBC Morristown as Pastor of Prayer in 1997. John states that his purpose in ministry is “To make prayer a reality in everyone’s life.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray Without Ceasing!”) His philosophy of ministry reminds us that when we look to government, we get what government can do; but when we look to prayer, we get what GOD can do. Everything should be covered with prayer. But prayer is not only lifting requests in praise and petition to God, it is also claiming HIS presence against the working of our enemy, Satan. (See Matthew 4:1-11, James 4:7 and Revelation 12:11) Prayer is work; it leads to work; but it is the most effective work, because it brings God’s presence into whatever activity He leads us to do. John married Florence Sanders in 1958. They spent almost thirty-five years in Africa, where their five children were raised. Both parents agree that the most significant events of the last 46 years were those five births. Their five children and nine grandchildren are a constant source of pride and joy for this family. Dottie is a family therapist; Ruth is a computer trainer; Mary, and her husband Fred work in finance in South Africa; Becky teaches at Berean Bible School in Knoxville; and Philip is a Licensed Financial Asset Manager in Dallas, Texas.