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

  • Associate Pastor: Jake Morgan


    Jake is a man who loves the Lord, his family and country. He has a passion for reaching people with The Good News as well as discipling  Christians 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

  • Worship Pastor: John Braley


    John's passion for worship ministry is to point others to Christ through theologically sound music,

    equip and disciple fellow leaders on the stage, and to encourage the church body to experience God

    in worship every day, not just when we meet. He enjoys serving on mission, spending time with his family, watching movies, camping, traveling and watching the Florida Gators.

    Native Town: Palm Coast, FL

    Year Service Began at FBC: 2020

    College: Baptist College of Florida, B.A.

    Seminary: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Spouse: Laura Braley (former Laura Coulter) of Tallahassee, FL

    Children: Micah, Caleb

  • Youth Pastor: Brandon Parker


    Brandon is passionate about advancing the glory of God by making disciples and teaching the Bible. His vision for teens is to see them develop a vibrant relationship with Christ that will shape the rest of their lives. Brandon enjoys hiking and hammocking with his family, reading, and playing music. He also loves to play and watch basketball and is an avid North Carolina Tar Heels fan.

    Native Town: Norfolk, VA

    Year Service Began: 2020

    College: Appalachian Bible College, B.A.

    Seminary: Virginia Beach Theological Seminary

    Spouse: Brittany Parker (former Brittany Best) of Columbus, OH

    Children: Beau, Rhett

  • 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