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.
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.
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.
CHURCH SCHOOL 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
SUNDAY SERVICE 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
this week in worship
SUNDAY - Twelth Sunday After Pentecost
August 31, 2014
Sermon Title: "Divine Things"
Text: Matthew 16:21-28
Rev. Deborah Cochran preaching
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26,45c
Lawrence P. Schreiber, Organist-Choirmaster
"Come, Christians, Join to Sing"
Gilbert M. Martin
The Chancel Choir
"Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service"
Setting by Michael Burkhardt
"Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling"
Setting by Michael Burkhardt