SENIOR PASTOR - DR. CHRIS WINFORD
I have been the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Brunswick since August 2014. I unashamedly believe that God has called me, equipped me, and disciplined me for the sole purpose of shepherding His flock as I seek to make His name known to all generations. It is my heart’s desire and vision to shepherd a Christ-centered household of faith that prays the Psalms, lives the Sermon on the Mount, believes in the priesthood of all believers, and passionately embraces the mission of God.
I am married to Angela. We have two beautiful daughters, Abigail and Avery, who are extraordinary in every way.
In my spare time I love to play golf and am slowly learning to appreciate the value of long distance running. I absolutely love cooking with my wife and daughters. I enjoy reading, and watching anything Texas Tech Red Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, or the Golf Channel.
B.S. Double Major: Physical Education & Religion, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.D.Min., Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama
MINISTER OF MUSIC AND WORSHIP - MARK CLAY
I have been the Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Brunswick since March of 2009. It is my absolute joy to lead and coordinate music for the 10:30 am Blended Worship service as well as other services throughout the week. Our music staff currently serves 17 music groups with members from preschool to senior adults that also lead us in worship with excellence. Through our weekly leadership as well as our major outreach music events, it is our desire to bring our church and community into life-changing worship as well as a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
I am married to Crystal, who is the most extraordinary person that I have ever met, and the love of my life. We are blessed with two amazing children – our daughter Kirsten and son Justen. Both are married, thriving, and living in Atlanta. We have two adorable grandchildren, Luke and Brooklynn Anderson.
I enjoy playing golf with my wife, family and friends, running on the beach, cooking with Crystal, playing with our grandchildren, and following sports at the University of Georgia.
B.S. Degrees: Music and Elementary Education at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky.Masters of Church Music: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY - MELODY WILKES
I am blessed to serve preschoolers, children, and their families at FBC. It is my desire to share the love of Jesus with the children of our church and the children in our community so that they understand how important it is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our strategy includes Bible study, life application, worship, scripture memory, and missions. These five areas of focus allow us to impact our children in their current lives and in their future endeavors. It is my prayer that our children will grow to be strong Christian leaders in their family, their churches, their communities, and in the world.
I am married to Greg Wilkes from Savannah, GA. We have been married for 22 years and are very blessed to have three sons, Stephen, Seth, and Sean. Stephen and Seth are in college and high school, respectively, and they have been my life’s joy and purpose. Sean is our late-in-life little blessing from the Lord. I truly believe that God sent Sean so I would remain focused and true to the world of preschoolers and children.
I’m not sure if I truly have time for any hobbies with a preschooler. However, when I have free time, I always spend it with my husband and my family. They are my heart.
EducationMaster of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Education Math – Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Associates of Mathematics - ABAC, Tifton, GA
ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT - DR. LARRY WILBUR
I began my ministry as Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Spiritual Development in April of 2016. I am excited about the opportunity to lead in strengthening our understanding of God's Word and implementing its teachings into our daily walk. It is my passion to see God's people impacting every area of life here in the Golden Isles and around the world.
I am married to Gail, my childhood sweetheart. We have been blessed with three wonderful boys, three beautiful daughter-in laws and six life-changing grandchildren.
I love to play golf and listen to music. Gail and I spend much of our time enjoying the outdoor festivals in our community.
B.A. Double Major: Music and Psychology, Memphis State University in Memphis, TN.
Masters of Religious Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana
D. Min., Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida
CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR - TAYLOR GORDON
Since August 2014 it has been my privilege to guide and oversee the financial, administrative and maintenance functions of First Baptist Church, Brunswick. God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to use my 25-plus years of experience in business management, finance and personnel to further His Kingdom. As a member and Deacon of First Baptist, Brunswick for over 15 years, I look forward to continuing to serve alongside our faithful congregation as the Lord leads us to fulfill The Great Commission.
I am married to Diana, a wonderful wife, mother, teacher and so much more. We have three beautiful children, Anna, Amelia and Preston.
I most enjoy spending quality time with my family. My favorite activities include fishing, bicycling and writing.
B.A., Journalism/Public Relations: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP LEADER - WENDI JONES
I have served as the Contemporary Worship Leader at First Baptist Brunswick since August 2015 and have been working in the area of Music Ministry for over 15 years. I believe Music is a language that can be understood by all walks of life in every corner of the world.
In relation to worship, it is an active response to God and also allows us to honor Him privately and corporately. It is my desire to see people experience the love of God in such a way that they worship Him unashamedly!
I am originally from PA where most of my family still lives. To keep me company in the Golden Isles I have an excitable Weimaraner named Bella who goes just about everywhere with me.
I love to run and have done so in several 5ks and a half marathon in the last few years. I also love photography and enjoy just about anything outdoors. I especially love spending time with family and friends.
EducationEmmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA Music Major-percussion / Minor in voice
STUDENT PASTOR - JEREMY GILMER
I am the Student Pastor at First Baptist Brunswick since November 2016. It is a privilege to have the ability to watch students come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It serves as my passion and desire to teach and encourage students… and to serve them through example. Life Verse: John 16:33 – “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I am married to Susie Gilmer. We have three wonderful children, Emily, Ethan, and Emyre.
I love spending time with my family, playing and coaching soccer, and anything outdoors. I am an avid Tennessee Vols fan! GBO
B.S. in biblical studies with a concentration in Student Ministry
Liberty Theological Seminary
MAR in biblical studies/theology___________________________________________________________