Our Staff


  • Senior Pastor: Mark Blair

    fbcwpastor@triad.rr.com

    Mark enjoys studying Bible prophecy and American history, especially the Civil War. He loves sports, particularly ACC football and basketball. Favorite authors include David Jeremiah, Erwin Lutzer, John MacArthur and Charles Swindoll.

    Native Town: Thomasville, NC

    Year Service Began: 1999

    College: High Point University, B.A.

    Seminary: Dallas Theological Seminary, Th. M.

    Spouse: Former Kathy Ward of Boone, NC

    Children: Winston / graduate of Appalachian State University & Jared / graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Associate pastor: Jonathan Goodman

    fbcwjonathan@triad.rr.com

    Jonathan enjoys board games with friends, hiking, astronomy, playing music and sports, as well as quiet moments (which don't happen at his house with 3 small 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: Daughters - Avery (9) and Annabelle (3), Sons - Josiah (7) and Brantley (infant)

  • Minister of Music & Education: Keith Brown

    fbcwmusic@triad.rr.com

    Keith enjoys singing, reading, and working with computers.

    His greatest desire is to lead others to experience personal, authentic, meaningful worship. His favorite Scripture verse is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    Native Town: Phoenix, AZ

    Year Service Began:1989

    College: Grand Canyon University, B.S.

    Seminary: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A.R.E.

    Spouse: Former Cathy Carmitchel of Kansas City, MO

    Children: Josh / Tiffany

  • Administrative Secretary: Linda Nifong

    fbcw@triad.rr.com

    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

    fbcwphyllis@triad.twcbc.com

    Phyllis loves cooking and photography. Active member at Reeds Baptist Church, 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

    Spouse: Earl B. Smith (50 years)

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

  • Learning Center Director: Carolyn Breedlove

    carolynbreedlove@yahoo.com

    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