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Our Leadership

Rev. Deborah Cochran

The Acting Pastor has been on the FBC staff since 1998  and holds a bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has an extensive background in education and mission work. She served for 11 years as a missionary from the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in the Dominican Republic and Belgium.

Deborah's dream and prayer for children is for them to begin early to love God and develop a trust relationship with Him that will sustain them throughout life. Her desire is to create a nurturing environment at First Baptist that will enable families to be strengthened by God's love and care to a mature relationship evidenced by witness and service. Rev. Cochran coordinates all of First Baptist's ministries to children and their families and also works with the Director of First Baptist's Child Development Center and staff to nurture our CDC children's spiritual development.She has also taught special education in Wilkes County, North Carolina, second grade in Amelia, Virginia, and taught as an elementary school substitute in West Palm Beach, Florida and Montgomery County, Maryland.

Deborah's husband, Dr. Robert Cochran, is Associate Executive Director of the DC Baptist Convention and has contributed to the starting of many new churches. They have married children Natalie and Craig Stapert, and Kenneth and Julianne Cochran, who live in the area.

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Dr. Lon Schreiber

As Organist-Choirmaster at First Baptist, Dr. Lon Schreiber draws from his enormous knowledge of church music to plan and prepare music for worship and direct the church choir. A gifted arranger and composer his last name means "writer" in German and his organ compositions have been published by H.W. Gray, an affiliate of Warner Bros. Lon served National City Christian Church as Minister of Music for 40 years before being coaxed out of retirement to assume his current position.

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Rev. Dr. Stan Hastey, Interim Preaching Minister

A member of First Baptist Church since 1983, Stan currently serves as the church’s Interim Preaching Minister. He has served the congregation as a deacon and on several committees. He earned a B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University, majoring in U.S. government. He was awarded the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with concentrations in church history and church-state relations. Stan worked as a journalist at the Baptist Joint Committee in Washington, where he covered the White House and the Supreme Court for the Baptist Press news service. He was also Supreme Court correspondent for the interfaith Religion News Service.

For 20 years, Stan served the Alliance of Baptists, a national association of congregations and individual members committed to historic Baptist principles and to ecumenical and interfaith relationships. He led the Alliance in forging ties with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and in an ecumenical partnership with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Stan and his wife Bettie have two children.

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weekly sermons

worship times

Worship Times

CHURCH SCHOOL 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

SUNDAY SERVICE 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MOSAIC Saturday,
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

this week in worship

 

SUNDAY - Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

July 27, 2014

 

Sermon Title: "Hope Proclaimed"

Text: Romans 8:26-39

Rev. Deborah Cochran preaching

 

 
SCRIPTURES
1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

 
 MUSIC
 
Lawrence P. Schreiber, Organist-Choirmaster
  
Prelude
"O God, Thou Faithful God"
Sigfrid Karg-Elert
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Introit
"O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing"
Azmon

Gradual
"Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus"
17th c. Text, 18th c. Tune
Arr. by Dan Forrest, 2012
The Chancel Choir

Offertory
"Ballad"
Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Postlude
"My Heart Abounds In Joy"
16th c. German Melody
Setting by Johannes Brahms, 1897


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