Meet the leadership team at First Baptist Church

Meet our leadership

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Roger Hutto - Pastor

Roger Hutto began his ministry at First Baptist as a worship leader and youth minister in June, 1991. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Stetson University, and a Master of Divinity (Christian Apologetics) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree as well, and hope's to graduate by the end of the year. He has served as the pastor since March, 2008, and is currently a part time apologetics teacher at Corinth Christian Academy since 2022. Roger is married to his wife of 28 years, Laura. They have two children, Luke and Emily. He grew up in Gainesville and is a fan of the Florida Gators. His hobbies include golf, hunting, and fishing (though he rarely engages in them).

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Spencer Smith-Corbett - Associate Pastor

Spencer lives in Jasper with his wife Mandy, and their family. He has 4 children, Kailey, Nathan, Karsyn and Heather. He was born in Valdosta, GA and raised in Jennings, FL. Spencer surrendered his life to Ministry in 2009. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelors in Political Science, and also graduated from Grace Theological Seminary with a Masters in Ministry. With 12 years of ministry experience, he has served in various pastoral ministry positions, and outside of ministry, he enjoys reading and jogging. Other than the Bible, some of his favorite books are “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyon, “Attributes of God” by Arthur W. Pink, and “The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 

JT Bridges - Director of Communications

JT Bridges grew up in Jasper from day one attending First Baptist Church, and was active in the youth group all throughout high school. He then attended the University of Florida where he played football, and was a part of the leadership team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He then transferred to Valdosta State University where, in 2007, he graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with his focus areas being Business, Communications, and Graphic Design. He started his journey in this position in July of 2018. He has a passion for graphic design, photography, videography, animation, and most of all Jesus. This passion is focused on delivering God's message to the public through social media and other digital resources.

Lora Tyre - Executive Assistant

Lora Tyre Padgett has managed the office since January of 2015. Lora is also part of the praise team as a piano/keyboard player and singer. Lora loves all animals - but her pitbulls most of all.

Lora and her husband, Jimmie, were married in October, 2018.

April Fernett - Nursery

April Fernett is a professional childcare specialist who has been caring for our babies and toddlers for 12 years. April's goal is to introduce our children to God's love in their formative years.