First Southern Baptist Church
About Us
Loving God, Loving People
Our Mission
Our mission is to simply “Love God and Love People”

We get that mission from the Bible in Matthew 22 where it says, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

We fully realize that this truth is simple and profound, and can truly be carried out within the community of believers in Christ. For this reason we desire God’s Word to be a major focus in the life of those with our church, and we want those truths to cause us to go into the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection to save us from sin. This is what it means to “Love God and Love People.”
What We Believe
Statement of Beliefs.

We believe that Jesus has eternally existed as the Son of God. As a part of the narrative story of God’s redemption, Jesus became human.

In other words, God became one of us. The Church describes this as the Incarnation. The redemption narrative, which we call the Bible, continues as Jesus not only becomes human, but is born to a virgin and lives a sinless, perfect life on earth, allowing him to make right everything that had been done wrong in Adam. Jesus chose to die on a cross as a sacrifice for the penalty that should have been ours and his resurrection three days later made new life possible for us in this life and the next. What Jesus did during his time on earth and the character of his being provide a consistent reminder of what we should be about with our lives.

We believe that God has eternally existed. God himself shows us his desire for a relationship by being relational in himself. He has continually revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each part of what we know as the Trinity has distinct personal attributes, but these do not divide the nature or essence of God’s being. Being created in God’s image means that God is in himself relational and that He created man to be in relationship with Himself.

We believe that God created man in the image of God. Because of this, each and every human being possesses great dignity and is worthy of our respect and love.

God confirms his love for each and every person when He sent His own son to die on the cross so that we might be able to be in relationship with Him through salvation in Jesus. In Genesis, God created man to rule over the earth; therefore we are stewards of the earth and the resources it contains. We believe that we will be held accountable for that stewardship, along with the stewardship of our gifts, talents and the provision God makes in our lives on a regular basis.

The church has never been, nor will ever be perfect. However, its shortcomings cannot deter us from our purpose as God’s primary instrument of change in the world.

We know that we were designed for community with other people, and the place of greatest community in the world should be the church. The church is not a corporation or a massive company. It is a new humanity created by the resurrection of Jesus Christ that expresses itself as a community of faith in Christ. The Scriptures describe it as a body or a family. Our church takes seriously our role to serve out community and exist as a place that offers people hope and purpose, even as we challenge people to discover and live a Christ-centered life.

Our Team
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
Tina joined the FirstSBC team in 2004 as the Financial Secretary.

Tina Biggerstaff
Financial Secretary
As the Minister of Music, Lee oversees all support ministries, music, and seasonal musical productions. He has led thousands of people in worship during his 30 years of service to the Lord! Lee has served with us at First Southern since 2013.

Lee Dobson
Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries
Russ serves as Pastor and provides visionary leadership while exercising spiritual oversight along with the deacons and ministers of the church. Russ has served as Pastor since 2004, and is committed to building a better church and community. His ministry is easily summed up in a simple, yet profound phrase: “Loving God and Loving People.”

Russ Tyler
Rayda is the director of the Women’s Ministry Team and also serves as the pianist during regular services.

Rayda Hobbs
Women’s Ministry
Alex serves as the Minister of Students for both junior and senior high students. He has a heart for seeing young people walk in their relationship with Christ and equipping them for the years to come.

Alex Hopper
Minister of Students
Serving and “wearing many hats” at First Southern since 2016, Daniel has had a strong desire to make the Word of God a central part of his ministry. His heart is to shepherd and love people while proclaiming the truths of the Gospel.

Daniel Lowery
Associate Pastor
Ron has served in the media since 2010 and has been media director since 2016. He handles all technical related issues that arise.

Ron Moore
Cheryl serves as the Church Secretary throughout the week and serves as our Pre School Director. She has a great love for children and finds great joy with helping our little ones grow in their faith towards Christ.

Cheryl Tyler
Secretary/Pre School Director

Loving God, Loving People