meet the staff

At First Baptist, we have an incredible staff that desires to see God move in incredible ways.  To email a staff person, simply click their name.

  • Keith joined our staff as Pastor during the fall of 2012. He loves First Baptist Church! A graduate of Murray State University, he was a member of FBC during his college days and while serving as the Campus Minister at Murray State. 


    After graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Keith spent 28 years serving in the area of Collegiate Ministry at Arkansas State University, Murray State University, and as Director of Collegiate Ministry and Young Adults with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. 


    Keith is married to Carole and they have three children and two grandchildren. Keith enjoys hiking, reading, golf, and SEC football.

  • Boyd Smith first came to First Baptist Church as the Minister to Students & Activities in 1994. After serving in this capacity for nearly 17 years he became the Pastor of Prayer & Care, a new position at First Baptist Church. 


    Boyd spends much of his time at the hospital, nursing homes, retirement centers and the homes of the elderly. He knows what it’s like to be sick and he has experienced the healing touch of God as well. He believes in the power of prayer and keeps a prayer journal of the requests that people give him. He and his wife Wanda have been happily married for over 33 years.

  • Jeremy joined our pastoral team during the summer of 2015. As Associate Pastor of Families, Jeremy oversees our preschool, children, youth, and collegiate ministries in addition to providing organizational support to our Senior Pastor. 


    He has a tremendous heart for family ministry and equipping the family unit to be everything it can be for Christ. He has served at churches in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. 


    Jeremy is married to his wife Jennifer and they have 3 boys (Jacob, Zach, and Drew). In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, most all sports and definitely Kentucky Basketball.

  • jon kyle allred // student pastor and contemporary worship leader

    Although being raised in a Christian home, Jon Kyle did not receive Christ as Lord of his life until his junior year of college at Murray State University. It was there in his apartment room in Murray that God rescued him and set his feet on the solid rock of hope and grace. He has never been the same since that day! 


    He received a B.S. degree from MSU in 2007 and is currently working on his MDIV seminary degree. Jon Kyle is married to his beautiful wife and best friend, Jamie, and the Lord has blessed them with four wonderful daughters (Halle, Anna Grace, Nora, and Layla). It is his goal at FBC to teach students on how to reach and teach their peers for Christ. 


    I love UK and Racer basketball, anything sports, food, going to the beach, and any excuse to spend time with my family.

  • Mike joined our FBC staff in June of 2016. He became interested in music while talking piano, voice, and cello lessons each week as his father studied music at Southern Seminary.


    Mike has a Music Education degree from Austin Peay, a Church Music degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and a Church Music Master's from Southern Seminary. Later in life he felt a calling to public education and returned to school for a degree in Curriculum and Instruction there. He is also certified as a principal in the state of Tennessee.

     

    He has held church positions in Hopkinsville from 1981 to 1986, in Cadiz from 1986-2015, and have been in Murray since June of 2016.

     

    His hobby is his business, and he enjoys buying and selling various trinkets...pocket knives, watches of all kinds, and belt buckles.  He lives on Lake Barkley, near Canton with his two companions:  Bullet and Phyllis.

  • Melissa has been a part of a FBC since 2014.  During her time here at FBC, she has been active in children's ministries, MOM's ministry, and the van and bus ministry.  She came on staff in 2016 as our children's director where she oversees our preschool and children's ministry.


    She is the wife of Brian and mother to Anna and Addy.  Together, they love camping, gardening, and exploring!

  • erin clark // COLLEGE MINISTRY ASSISTANT

    Erin joined our team as College Ministry Assistant in 2016 and helps oversee the events and program of our NET college ministry.  She has a tremendous heart for college students and a desire to see them grow in their walk with Christ.


    Erin is the wife of Jonathan (Murray State BCM Director) and mother to Jackson, Frazier, Chaney Beth, and Nathan. Together, they like to spend time as a family, travel, work around the house, and go on Clark Family Adventures. 

  • Faith joined the FBC family as an intern in August of 2016. However, she has been the Student Ministry Assistant for the past year. She assists Jon Kyle in the planning and implementation of student events and activities, teaches a LifeGroup, oversees the mentoring ministry of Imitate, and enjoys playing bass in the student ministry band. Faith currently attends Murray State University where she studies Nonprofit Leadership and Spanish Education.

  • Marina joined our office staff in February of 2018. She has experience in communications, development, and marketing from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Office of Governor Matt Bevin, and as a student missionary for the North American Mission Board. A typical day in her role involves designing the bulletin or monthly newsletter, updating FBC's social media, or writing marketing proposals. Speaking of proposals, Marina is engaged to Mason Shelton and is excited to get married this summer. She loves dessert, meeting new people, and playing the piano for the worship team.

  • Diane joined the FBC staff in August of 1997. She currently serves as the printing secretary. She and her husband, Tom, have three grown children, two grandsons and another grandchild expected soon. When not in the church office, she enjoys reading, bicycling, cooking and spending time with family.


    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

  • Debbie came to FBC as Pastor’s Secretary in August of 1972. She currently serves in the area of pastoral care ministry and provides support for church ministries. Debbie and her husband, Bill, have three grown children and five grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with grandchildren and watching them play soccer and baseball. She also enjoys singing in the Sanctuary Choir.

  • Lori joined our office staff in September of 2014. As Financial Secretary, she is responsible for maintaining all financial records of the church and ensuring that all regulatory financial requirements are performed properly. She is a stickler for details! She has served previously at churches in Mayfield, KY and Brentwood, TN. Lori is married to Dirk and they have three children, Bryan (who is married to Rachel), Shelby, and Jonah. Lori loves music, especially in the church setting, and following Kentucky basketball and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

  • Lauren Dunlap joined the Church as the Mother’s Day Out Director in 2017.  She has 11 years of experience in the field of mental health counseling as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She loves working with children and has specialized in Birth to 5 years of age at her previous employer.  Lauren enjoys watching children grow and learn.  She has seen the positive influence Mother’s Day Out has had on her own children.  She welcomes open two-way communication with parents to jointly celebrate parenting joys and tackle challenging struggles.  She is married to Zach and they have two daughters, Emilia and Ruby.  She also has two dogs, Franklin and Dean.  In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends. 


  • Belinda joined the FBC staff in March of 2002 in a custodial position. In September of 2014 she assumed a new position as Facility Manager. Belinda loves FBC and works to maintain the buildings and grounds. Belinda has two grown children; Josh and Kelsey.

  • Vicki joined the FBC Staff in August of 2009.  She has over thirty years experience as a children's librarian for the Paris Special School District in Paris, TN.  Her duties are to maintain and replenish the rich supply of books and media for the FBC members and public to enjoy.  She also provides Story Hour activities for the Mothers Day Out students. She is very appreciative of the support the Church has given to the Library Ministry.  She is especially fond of the library volunteers which have been so faithful over the years. She is an avid collector of all things unique and enjoys traveling to yard sales within the county and surrounding states to seek them out. Vicki is married to Dwight Alexander and has two children and four granddaughters.