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FBC Staff

We are blessed with a wonderful staff at First Baptist. Our staff work together as a team for God's mission and we are here to serve you! If you would like to contact one of us to inquire about anything click on the photo for our email. If you have something specific you would like one of us to pray for or if you would just like general prayer for any circumstance please contact any of our four ministers. We look forward to hearing from you!

Senior Minister
full time
Rev. Dr. Joel Campbell

Joel joined the staff in March of 2015. Recently, he served at FBC Orangeburg, S.C. as an associate minister and director of their family life center campus. Joel graduated from the University of S.C. with a Bachelor of Arts, and holds a Master of Arts in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary at Lenoir-Rhyne University, as well as a doctorate from North Greenville University. He loves bowties and spending time with his family, riding bikes and swimming. Together Joel & Jennifer have two boys, Jackson and Jance.

Minister of Music
full time
Rev. Bruce Hartgrove

Bruce has been on staff since 1981, receiving multiple recognitions during his tenure. Sensing God’s call to music ministry as a teenager, he received degrees from Mars Hill College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bruce also plans the trips and activities for the church’s Radiant Club. He has a wife, Sally and one son, Joshua. Bruce & Sally are blessed with two grandchildren. A Tarheel native, Bruce enjoys the scenic beauty of the NC mountains, riding trains, collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia and reading.

Minister of Students & Media
full time
Rev. Michael Stamey

Michael joined the staff in June 2013, and became ordained in 2014. Before his call to High Point, Michael served as the Interim Youth Minister at FBC Lincolnton, NC. Michael actively develops sustainable discipleship ministry with students and creates media for First Baptist. He received his B.A. in Religious Thought and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University, where he met his wife, Courtney. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, and playing his guitar. He often likes to incorporate his hobbies, especially guitar, into his ministry.

Minister of Children & Families
full time
Rev. Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer joined the staff in May of 2016. Jennifer loves helping children and families grow in their faith and teaching them about the love of Jesus. Jennifer has previously served in children and family ministries at First Baptist Church of Orangeburg, S.C. and Central United Methodist in Asheboro, N.C. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina Honors College. Together, Jennifer and Joel have two sons, Jackson and Jance. Her favorite things to do are spend time with her family and travel.

Communication Administrator
full time
Pam Burgess

Pam joined the staff in January of 2016, but by no means is she new to the FBC family. Since 1999 she has served as our Kindergarten Sunday School teacher. She also serves on our children's committee and come summertime she will be involved with VBS. Pam works to establish clear forms of communication with our congregation. She is a University of Arkansas graduate, where she discovered that North Carolina is her true home. She has a daughter, Morgan and a son, Jefferson

Financial Administrator
full time
Heather Absher

Heather joined the staff in February of 2016. She has a background working in accounting and payroll and has attended UNCG and DCCC. After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, Heather chose to take a position as a Preschool Teacher at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. There she realized how much she enjoyed working amongst a church family. Heather has a husband, Shane and together they have two girls – their daughter, Hadley and their pet Shih Tzu, Maui.

Church Organist
full time
Bettie York

Bettie joined the staff in January of 2011. Before, she had served as an organist at multiple churches in the triad. Bettie began her career as an organist at Emerywood Baptist Church as a high school senior. She also was employed by WMAG and WMFR radio stations for 26 years. Bettie serves as our church organist and accompanies our children and adult choirs. Bettie attended High Point College. She has one daughter, Betsy and two grand children, Courtney and Christopher.

Receptionist
full time
Sharon Chastain

Sharon joined our staff in August of 2016 already a part of the FBC family. Sharon has a 30+ year history of teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade at local Westchester Country Day & Summit Schools with a degree from the University of South Carolina. She has a husband, Craig, together they have a wondeful daughter, Dana, and their beagle, Buddy. Sharon Loves reading, sailing, kayaking, camping, and dark chocolate! She enjoys serving our members and meeting new people.

Receptionist
full time
Janice McMullan

Janice joined the staff in December of 2009 as a helper in the nursery. She has been a member of FBC since April of 1949. Growing up in First Baptist she has served in many ways, VBS, Youth Choir and a Sunday School teacher. Upon retiring from Acme Sample Books, Inc., she started working at the Welcome Desk on Wednesdays. She also prepares the Herald newsletter for mailing. She has one son, Bill, and one grandson, Stephen. She is married to Arch R. McMullan II.

Receptionist
full time
Gayle Smoot

Gayle joined the staff in August of 2003, but her and her husband, Rick have been members since 1975. She also serves in the FBC Memorial Library and the Wednesday night nursery. Gayle attended Chowan College, where she and Rick met. Previously, she had worked in the office at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, VA. Eventually they relocated to High Point. Together they have one small dog, Sandi, who was rescued from a shelter. Gayle enjoys reading and working on puzzles.

Building Superintendent
full time
Gary Pressley

Gary, a member for 50+ years joined the staff in January of 2017. He holds a B.A. in religion from Greensboro College, and also attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gary served a 39-year career with the City of High Point's Parks and Recreation Department. In 2013 he retired as the Senior Park Supervisor for Oak Hollow and City Lake Park's. Gary enjoys volunteering with Hospice Home, and spending time with family. He has a wife, Dr. Jan Overman, two children, and five grandchildren.

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