Ministry Staff


Senior Pastor | Pastor Tom Hodge

Pastor Tom became a Christian at age 9 in his home church in Gadsden, Alabama. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology at the University of West Florida only to be called by God to switch his fishing from fish to folks. It was then that he pursued and earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Tom served as an Associate Pastor in Kenner and Lafayette, Louisiana. His first pastorate was First Southern Baptist Scottsdale, Arizona. Pastor Tom is married to his high school sweetheart, Tassie. They have been blessed with 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-love, and their newest bundles of joy, a grandson, a granddaughter. Pastor Tom enjoys studying, spending time with his family, fishing and playing golf!


Associate Pastor | Dr. Chris Cornette

Chris and his wife Devyn were both raised in High Point, North Carolina. Chris graduated from Houston Graduate School of Theology with a Master’s in Theology and also earned a Master’s in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Pastor Chris also earned his D.Min. from Liberty University. Chris’ passion is the local church. After serving churches in North Carolina and Texas, God called Pastor Chris and his family to First Baptist in January 2010. Chris’ responsibilities include discipleship, church growth systems, staff development, promotions, and vision implementation. With their three children, Christopher (16), Harrison (13) and Lauren (9), the Cornette’s stay active. When free time arises, Chris will be reading or on a bike ride with his family.
Micah Murphree
Minister to Students
Heather Wester
Director of
Children’s Ministry
Dave Aker
Director of Senior Adult Ministries and Campus Life
Tom Dixon
Church Administrator