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FBC Staff

We are blessed with a wonderful staff at First Baptist. Our staff works together as a team for God's mission, and we are here to serve you! If you would like to contact one of us click on the photo for our email. 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 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.

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.

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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