First Baptist Church
Monday, September 01, 2014
Come Home to First Baptist
Dr. James C. Elder, Jr (Pastor)
Jimmy and Roxann Elder came to First Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia early in August 2003. The Elders bring loving hearts and an abiding faith to First Baptist, often opening their home for Bible studies, meetings and other gatherings. Jimmy is a graduate of Mercer University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been and remains involved in denominational and civic leadership; but the priority of the Elders’ lives remains their deep love for the local church.The Elders have two sons. J.C. (James Charles, III) is married to Katherine Casey from Kingsport, Tennessee. J.C. is an architect in Denver, Colorado; Kat is a school teacher. John Christopher works for AT & T.
The guiding passage of scripture for Jimmy’s life is from Isaiah 40:31, But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Jimmy enjoys the gym (especially swimming), gardening, reading and being with people.
Rev. Keenan Franklin (Minister of Music and Worship)-
Keenan was born in Lexington, Kentucky where he grew up in a Christian home with parents that were very active in their local church. At the age of 19 he gave his life to Christ and at 20 felt a calling in to full-time Christian service. After transferring from the University of Kentucky to Cumberland College(now University of the Cumberlands) , he earned his Bachelor in Music with a focus in church music. After college he went to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master in Church Music degree. While in school he served in churches in Kentucky and Indiana as minister of music. His first position after seminary was for nine and half years at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville, Georgia as the Minister of Music and Senior Adults. In fall of 2000 Keenan came to serve First Baptist Church of Columbus as the Minister of Music and Worship.
“It has been an honor to serve in this historic Baptist church with so much talent and mind for missions. My goal is to get as many people as possible to use their gift of music for the glory of God and for us as a church to have a true encounter with God every time we worship.”
Keenan has been married to Angel Franklin of Lexington, Kentucky since July 26, 1985. Keenan and Angel have two daughters, Brooke and Heather.
Rev. Myron Douglas (Minister of Education)-
A native of North Carolina received his Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in music from Wingate College (now Wingate University) before attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Church Music. Coming to Columbus in 1982, Myron and his wife Babbs served a sister church as Minister of Music until 1997 when he became Minister to Children here at First Baptist.
In 2004 he accepted the responsibilities of Minister of Education at First Baptist. As well as providing guidance to the full range of Sunday School classes FBC is blessed to offer multiple small group opportunities which meet both at the church facilities and around Columbus.
Having invested his life in the Columbus community, he also serves on several boards with education and arts interests.
Myron is married to his best friend Babbs Smith Douglas of Angier, NC and they have two adult children, Geoffrey and Laura.
Rev. Brandon Strozier (Minister to Students)
Brandon came to First Baptist in the spring of 2004, five days after completing his undergraduate degree at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. In May 2009, Brandon graduated with a Master’s in Theology from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Brandon is married to the lovely Sara (Powell) Strozier of Columbus, whom he married the same year. In January of 2014, Brandon and Sara welcomed the first addition to their family: Abel Gray Strozier. If he’s not spending time with his wife and new baby, you can find Brandon actively following one of his many favorite sports teams. In ministry, Brandon and his youth embrace Ephesians 4: 1-3. Through his interaction with students of Muscogee County, he hopes to remind them of the love, forgiveness and relationship we can find in Jesus Christ, as well as open their eyes to see the opportunities for Christian service and leadership in the world around them.
Paula Thompson Children's Coordinator
Paula was born and raised in Columbus. She and her family have been active members at First Baptist Church for her entire life. Recently retiring after 36 years of teaching, a new door has opened for her to lead in beginning a new phase of children’s ministry at FBC. Paula is a graduate of Georgia Southern and Columbus State Universities with degrees in music education, early childhood education, middle grades, and elementary math.
Paula is married to Bill Thompson. They have three children, Will (Brooke) Thompson, Lisa (Zach) Ames, and Rebekah (Derek) Brown. They have been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, Savannah, Carolina, and Levi Thompson and Jordan Brown. Paula’s mother, Jeanette Cauthen also attends FBC, creating a very special experience of four generations worshipping together.
Paula has been on 12 mission trips and served on the Mission Committee multiple times throughout her membership at First Baptist. She has been a leader in worship as a member of the Adult Choir as well as a sanctuary pianist. Paula has played in the “Keyboards at Christmas” performance since its conception, directed children’s choir, volunteered with the youth ministry, played hand bells, and taught Sunday School.
Zach Corcoran Student Minister Assistant
My name is Zach Corcoran. My parents Ken and Beverly Corcoran raised me attending First Baptist since I was a little child. I also have two brothers by the name of Blake and Josh. I joined the church on May 10th 1998 and was baptized soon after. I was very active in the youth group during my middle and high school years. I attended Georgia Southern University where I studied Justice Studies. After a couple of internships, one with the police department in Statesboro and one with a Church in Florida, I felt God was calling me to work with and in the lives of youth.
Kris Keske Missions Coordinator
Born and raised in Pennsylvania
B.S.; Arcadia University – Elementary Education
M. Ed.: Columbus State University– Early Childhood Education
Ph.D.; Auburn University – Elementary Education
Peace Corps in Palau, Micronesia
Taught school in Tehran, Iran for two years
M.P. in the U.S. Army; Fort Benning, GA
Teacher at Fort Benning for 25 years
Joined FBC in 1989
Served on Missions Committee from 2009.
Trips to Liberia
Teacher workshops - 2007; Educational Conference - 2008; Mercer on Mission – 2009; Youth trip for Vacation Bible School – 2010, Mercer on Mission – 2012 and 2013.
Served as Principal at Ricks Institute from May, 2012 to June, 2013
Missionary to Palembang, Indonesia – mentored principal, taught reading to preschool through 6th grade, gave teacher workshops on instructional techniques, and conducted parent workshops on educational issues.