Joe A. Fitzpatrick, Worship and Music Pastor

Education: Master of Church Music Conducting and Voice, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; Bachelor of Music Education Trumpet and Voice, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Experience: Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas:  Worship Pastor (1989-2009); Mandarin Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida:  Minister of Music (1985-1989); Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas:  Music Intern (1983-1984); First Baptist Church, Yale, Oklahoma:  Minister of Music (1976-1982)

Family: Joe is married to Gwenn Robertson Fitzpatrick and they have two children; Robert Sean and Melodie Marie.

Laurie Hall, Music Assistant

Education: Bachelor in Physics, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Experience: Music assistant at First Baptist Nashville since August 1992. Also directs the first grade children’s choir, works with the Youth Choir, and is a member of both the Sanctuary Ringers and Chamber Singers. She has a lifetime of education in music, growing up as a minster of music’s daughter.

Family: Laurie and her husband, Tim, have three children – Katherine, Stephen, and Patrick, all in graduate school and college.

Russell Davis, Worshpi and Music Associate/Church Organist

Jason Cox, Worship & Music Associate

Education: Belmont University School of Music with a degree in Commercial Voice Performance.

Experience: Jason is a Dove Award nominated songwriter who has written choral works and chart-topping singles. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Alison Krauss, Anthony Evans, One Girl Nation, Gary Chapman, and others. A worship leader for over 15 years, he has toured nationally and internationally. Jason has served as a worship leader and artist-in-residence at Providence Church in Knoxville, and with Brentwood Baptist Church.

Family: He is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and has called Nashville home for over eleven years. Jason met his wife, Lena, who was also a Commercial Voice Major while attending Belmont. They have been married for six years and reside in Franklin.

Kim Hester, Church Pianist

Education: Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina.

Experience: Church pianist at First Baptist Nashville since September 1993. Spent 17 years as Senior Pastor’s Assistant. Currently a member of First Baptist Nashville’s Master Plan Implementation Committee. Worship Resources Coordinator for Celebrating Grace, Inc.

Family: Kim and her husband, Jimmy, are the parents of two grown sons, Jordan and Justin, and take great delight in their grandchildren, Eli and Olive.

Connie Powell, Music Secretary

Wesley Lankford, Technical Director