Dr. Lester Morelock
Pastor

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Dr. Lester Morelock was called to be the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Weber City on October 06, 2011. Prior to serving First Baptist, Pastor Lester served two Tennessee Baptist Churches; New Victory Baptist in Jonesborough, TN and Bays Mountain Baptist in Kingsport, TN. He surrendered to full-time ministry on May 01, 2000 after spending over 15 years working at Eastman Chemical Company. Pastor Lester immediately enrolled in Bible college at the Boyce College extension center in Morristown, TN. He continued his studies and earned a Bachelor and Masters in Theology and also a Doctorate of Pastoral Counseling in 2011. He and his wife Khris have been married since June 08, 1991 and have two adult sons, Aubrey and Avery.

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Judy McConnell
Minister to Families –Community Campus

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(Senior Adults, Pastoral Care, Music)
Judy has been in full-time Christian ministry since 1976. She has worked in many areas of church ministry, including music, children, teens and adults. Her current primary ministry focus is working with senior adults. Judy has a music degree from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. She is also trained as a life coach with Christian Coach Institute in Charlotte, NC. She and her husband Eddie have two children and four grandchildren.

Andrea Sheppard
Minister to Families—Weber City Campus

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(Children, Women, Young Adults, Music)
Andrea grew up at First Baptist Church Weber City and has served local churches for 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree with a minor in Human Services from Carson-Newman University. She and her husband Ron have one son, Chad.  He and his wife Shana have one son, Graham, who has added lots of joy to Andrea’s life.

Aaron Noe
Minister to Youth

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Aaron announced his call to ministry on April 1st, 2007. He has been the youth minister at First Baptist since August 2008. He has an A.S. degree from Mountain Empire Community College and he is currently continuing his education at Andersonville Theological Seminary. Aaron and his wife Cara have been married for 5 years.  Together, they have a one year old son and two spoiled dogs.

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Denver Winebarger
Associate Pastor

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Devner is a Wise County native of Southwest VA, who has served in various ministerial roles for almost 30 years. He actively ministers, participates in missionary work, fosters biblical support to individuals in a Recovery program at FBC Weber City and serves in a pastoral-care capacity for the sick and afflicted. He and his wife Diana have two daughters and four grandchildren they enjoy greatly!

Michael Sampson
Associate Pastor of Missions

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Mike has served in ministry for 12 years.  His last 4 years have been spent at First Baptist Church Weber City. He received an Associates Degree from Liberty University and is currently working on a Master’s Degree from Andersonville Seminary. He and his wife Robin have been married for 40 years. They have a son, Adam and daughter, Rebecca and have four grandchildren.

Mark Fish
Director 3:16 Sports Ministry

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Mark grew up attending Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church in Gray, TN, where he recieved Christ at age 5. He began volunteering for ministry work as a youth and joined FBCWC in2006. He has been an assistant teacher in the Youth Ministry and has taught the College & Career class since 2010. He began helping in AWANA in 2007 and was Commander from 2009-2015. He has helped with VBS and many children’s ministries over the years. Mark has been married for 24 years to Alesia and loves spending time with his family and his extended family by marriage. He owns a specialty demolition business and has a heart to share the gospel especially with the many HIspanics with whom he works.

Johnny Morelock
Recovery Ministry

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A recovering addict and alcoholic, Johnny is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist whose passion is to help others find the road to recovery. He and his wife, Vickie, reside in Kingsport with their daughters Alyssa, Morgan and Lucy and enjoy camping and fishing in their spare time.

Jeremiah Riner
Associate Pastor, Community Campus

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Jeremiah is a native of Gate City how completed his BS degree in History at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2009.  The following year he began his career has a teacher in the Norton City School System and now teaches for Wise County Public Schools. In 2010 Jeremiah answered the call the ministry and has since been involved in many evangelistic opportunities, collegiate ministries and youth ministries as well as local and foreign missions.

Jan Stokes
Administrative Assistant

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Jan became a member of First Baptist Church Weber City when she was 12 years old.  She has served in ministry at the church by teaching preschool classes and helping with youth department events.  She also sings in the choir and has been the Administrative Assistant since 2013. She earned a BS in Business Administration from Milligan College in Johnson City, TN. Jan and her husband, David, are both Scott County natives and live in Gate City.

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Joshua Taylor
Music Associate—Choir and Drama

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Josh has been a member of First Baptist Church Weber City since 2010 and started leading the Choir and Drama Ministry and assisting with Worship in June 2011. He graduated from King College with a Degree in Biology and has been involved with various symphonic bands, choirs and musicals throughout his high school and college years. He currently resides in Kingsport, TN with his wonderful dog, Daisy.

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Kari White
Music Associate—Preschool and Youth

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Kari has been involved in various church ministries at First Baptist Church Weber City for 11 years, with a focus on youth and children’s music. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from East Tennessee State University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lincoln Memorial University. She is married and has 2 children.

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Tessa Snapp
Nursery Director/Treasurer

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Tessa has been a volunteer staff member and nursery director at First Baptist Church Weber City for twelve years and has recently moved to the financial secretary position. She is a Scott County native and a graduate of Gate City High School.  She and her husband Kent have three daughters.

Lori Moore
Groundskeeper

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Lori has served First Baptist Church as groundskeeper for over 12 years, caretaker of the Weber City campus since November 2013 and Sunday School teacher and small group bible study leader since 2013. She is a graduate of Gate City High School and has spent the last 15 years in an in-depth Bible Study Fellowship International study, training and maturing in God’s Word. She has been married to her husband Tim for 35 years and has two children; son Dalton and daughter Maddie, who along with her husband Denares, have blessed them with three grandchildren Apollo, Rose, and Titus.

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Kim Lane
Custodian

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Kim started her current ministry as custodian for First Baptist Church Weber City in November 2012. She has been married to her husband Randy for 35 years. She has two grown children, Justin and Jacey. Justin lives in Church Hill, TN with his wife, Jessie, and daughter Aicen. Jacey lives in Johnson City, TN. Kim currently lives in Gate City with her dogs.