Dr. Jeff Rogers

Interim Minister

Jeff Rogers has enjoyed a 30-year career in congregational leadership and Christian higher education. He has served as a pastor, interim pastor, guest preacher and teacher in Anglican, Baptist, Christian (Disciples), Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches in Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Canada. Known to students and colleagues alike as an energetic and engaging professor, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Furman University, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Gardner-Webb University.

An author or editor of six books and dozens of articles in refereed journals and standard reference works, he has made more than a dozen scholarly presentations in national and regional meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a former president of the South Carolina Academy of Religion. After graduating from Hickory High School in North Carolina, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill, earned a B.A. in English from North Carolina Central University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Heather Absher

Financial Administrator

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.

Bettie York

Church Organist

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 grandchildren, Courtney and Christopher.

Gary Pressley

Building Superintendent

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.


Sunday Morning
Sunday School  9:45 a.m.
Worship  11:00 a.m.

Wednesday Night Activities

Adult Choir  7:00 p.m.

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First Baptist Church
405 N. Main St.
High Point, NC 27260


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