Our Staff

  • Lead Pastor: Jonathan Goodman


    Jonathan enjoys board games with friends, hiking, astronomy, model airplanes, playing music, and quiet moments (which don't happen very often at his house with 4 children). His biggest influences have been his parents, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, his wife Laura, and all the people at First Baptist that God has used and continues to use through the years.

    Native Town: Arcadia, NC

    Year Service Began: 2005

    College: The University of North Carolina - Asheville, B.A.

    Seminary: M. Div - Pastoral Studies - The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Spouse: Former Laura Whitley of Greensboro, NC

    Children: Avery, Josiah, Annabelle, and Brantley

  • Minister of Students: Jake Morgan


    Jake is a man who loves the Lord, loves his family and country. He has a passion for reaching teens with The Good News as well as discipling  young people by leading them to understand their faith and how to live out their commitment to Christ. The idea of free time is a laughing matter for Jake, but when he finds his moments, if he is not with his family, he enjoys building, Crossfit, and hunting/fishing.

    Native Town: Winston Salem, NC

    Year Service Began at FBC: 2018

    College: Pfeiffer University, B.A.

    Seminary: Liberty Theological School of Divinity

    Spouse: Susan Morgan (former Susan Beeson) of Midway, NC

    Children: Johnny Clyde

  • Director of Children & Preschool: Sara Jones


    Sara enjoys time spent with friends and family, photography, board games, music, traveling, reading, and LSU football. Favorite authors include Elisabeth Elliot, JD Greear, David Platt, Robin Jones Gunn, and Karen Kingsbury.

    Native Town: Picayune, MS

    Year Service Began: 2018

    College: Blue Mountain College, B.S. Psychology & Christian Ministry

    Family: Parents, 3 older sisters, 2  brother-in-laws, 5 nieces, and 3 nephews live near Knoxville

  • Administrative Secretary: Linda Nifong


    Linda enjoys reading, flower arranging, and photography – making pictures of nature scenes and her family – just ask any of the family who see Linda with her camera! She considers it a privilege to serve the Lord through the ministry of First Baptist.

    Native Town: Welcome, NC

    Year Service Began: 1982

    College: Winston-Salem Business

    Spouse: Charlie Nifong

    Children: Jana Eanes

  • Financial Secretary: Phyllis Smith


    Phyllis loves cooking and photography. She loves the Lord and believes He led her to service at First Baptist. God's blessings are never ending.

    Native Town: Durham, NC

    Year Service Began: 2012

    Experience: 45 years in financial/accounting

    Children: Amy S. Dillard (married to Shawn, 2 children)

  • Learning Center Director: Carolyn Breedlove


    Carolyn has been in church preschool ministry for over 35 years and still loves what she does! She is mom to twin sons who are grown and long moved out- replaced by a dog named Macie! A community Bible Study "Faithful Friends" meets at her home on Thursdays and this group has been meeting together for nearly 20 years. Carolyn enjoys walking with friends, baking and spending time with her boys.

    Experience: 33 years of Experience Directing Programs

    Native Town: Abington, VA

    Year Service Began: 2007

    College: Forsyth Tech (degree) Salem College, WSSU, and DCCC (additional training and licensing)

    Children: Richard - Teacher: Clemmons Middle and Michael - Editor: Winston Salem Monthly, both are accomplished musicians.

    Grandson: Luke & Nora, Lucy & Adam